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Central MN SPIN UP HS Tournament

Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
7-Nov-2022 16:00 EST
Standard Registration Opens
10-Dec-2022 16:00 EST
Registration Deadline
9-Jan-2023 18:09 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

General Info

This is a HS VEX VRC Tournament and is a Minnesota State VRC qualifier. This tournament will be held at ROCORI Middle/High School in Cold Spring, MN.

Spectators Welcome!

Concessions- full concessions will be offered at this event, so please consider supporting our program and limit the food being brought in. There are multiple water bottle refilling stations located around the competition area.

Competition Preparation

This event is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting event. All teams should come prepared for the competition. Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared.

1. Review the rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so that there is ample time for adjustments. The inspection checklist can be found on the Documents tab.

2. Check the official VEX forums at for rule updates and changes.
3. Carefully read all of the information contained in the tournament posting on
4. Pack for the event the day before the day of departure. Here are a few items that you don't want to forget.

  • Goggles/Safety Glasses
  • Spare parts & tools
  • Batteries and chargers
  • Programming cable
  • Power strip and extension cord (each table/2 chairs in the pit area will have access to an outlet)
  • Laptop computer
  • Engineering notebook (if you have one, helpful for Judges, Design and Excellence Awards )

5. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament. 
6. Prep for your interviews with the judges. Check the awards tab to see what awards will be given during the tournament.
7. Remember that safety comes first, please don't bring tools that pose a safety risk to your team, or others nearby as the venue is a very tight fit. Southland Robotics will allow use of their metal cutting station with supervision-no cutting/grinding in the pit area please.
8. Understand how the game will be played. VEX participants are more than welcome to watch the referee training videos before they attend a tournament. The referee training videos can be found at web site, under the Volunteer Resources tab.
9. Ensure your robot brain has the latest version of firmware.

-There will be a practice field, and skills available before the tournament begins.

-Alliances will be 2 teams.
- All finals matches will be one-and-done (no best-of-three matches). 
- Ties in finals matches will be replayed until a winner is determined. 


Grade Level: High School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Eligible Teams:

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 21-Jan-2023

Rocori High School
534 5th Avenue North
Cold Spring, Minnesota 56320
United States

Contact Information

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Tournament Schedule - Subject to change
7:00 am - Doors Open, check in begins. (sign up for interviews)

7:15 am - 9:00 am - Inspections  (All teams need to be checked in by 8:30 AM or call the Event Partner)

7:15 am- 9:15 am SKILLS Field (open also from noon-12:30 pm)

8:15 am-Noon  Interviews  and Engineer Notebooks Judged

9:15 am - Drivers Meeting and Opening Ceremony (Robots in matches Q1 and Q2 placed on the field before the start of opening)

9:30 am Qualification Rounds begin

9:30 am to 3:00 pm - Qualification Rounds (LUNCH Break 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm)

***LUNCH BREAK 12:00 pm-12:30 pm
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm - Alliance Selection
3:30 pm - Elimination Rounds Start
4:30 pm - Award announcements - Closing



Thank you for being willing to volunteer at our event. A link will be provided later. Food will be provided to all volunteers.

All Referees must attend on-line training and show certificate.

All Interview Judges will also be given VEX expectations and rubrics.


Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

If the event is cancelled, then cancelled will appear in the title of the event.


Refund Policy

No refunds will be given for a team withdrawing. No refund will be given if the event cancels. 

if refund is given for extenuating circumstances, there is a $5 Robot Events registration fee that cannot be refunded.

Judging Format

Plan A if enough judges can be found

  • All In-Person Judging - The Team Interviews and Engineering Notebooks will be judged in-person the day of the event. Teams should bring a physical copy of their notebook to submit to the judges.

Plan B if enough judges are not found

  • Remote Initial Team Interviews / In-Person Engineering Notebooks: Initial Team Interviews will be conducted remotely, possibly before the date of the event. Engineering Notebooks will still be submitted in person the day of the event to be evaluated by judges.