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TCALC Spin Up Blended Tournament (VRC)

18-Feb-2023 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Standard Registration Opens
4-Oct-2022 20:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
11-Feb-2023 23:59 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event has reached capacity. Teams on waitlist may still be added.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

TCALC is the Career and Learning Academy for the Topeka Public Schools. We are pleased to be hosting this year after a few years break. 

Please enter the building by the main doors at the SW side of the building. We will have a check-in table set up. 

While we have plenty of outlets available we will not be providing a charging station. Please bring your own chargers and extension cords.

Competition Preparation:

This event is sure to be fast-paced and exciting. All teams should come prepared for 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.

2. Check the official VEX forums for rule updates and changes.

3. 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
  • Laptop computer
  • Engineering notebook (if you have one, helpful for Judges, Design and Excellence Awards )
  • Banners and other decorations for your team pit
  • Giveaways if you have them

4. 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. Also, remember no grinding or other actions that create sparks.

5. Understand how the game will be played. VEX participants are more than welcome to watch the referee training videos before they attend a tournament.

6. Read through the Robot troubleshooting guide.

7. To ensure that you have the latest version of firmware make sure that you have the latest update of your programming software.

8. Participation and Consent Form - A completed form for all participants must be submitted online. 

Concessions - There is a concessions stand planned for 9:00-3:30. There are also many food choices within a short drive.

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 18-Feb-2023

500 SW Tuffy Drive
Topeka, Kansas 66606
United States

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8:00 Doors open

8:30 Check-in and inspections begin. Notebooks will also be collected for judges review.

9:00 Driver meeting, final instructions

9:15 Qualification rounds begin, Judge interviews will be held in pit area. Skills arena open

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch- Skills will remain open

1:00 Finish qualification rounds

2:30 break to finalize standings

2:45 Final alliance selection

3:00 Tournament Finals and trophy awards

3:30 closing

If possible we will try to work ahead of schedule so these times are approximate.



As you are aware, these tournaments cannot be held without volunteers. Any arguing with tournament volunteers will not be tolerated. If you would like to volunteer please contact me. [email protected]

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

In the event of cancellation due to weather, refunds will be issued if a makeup date is not found.

Refund and Payment Policies

If the event is cancelled, a makeup date will be determined if available. If you have to cancel for any reason, refunds will only be issued if replacements can be found for those spots.

Judging Format

  • 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.