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Desert Ridge High School Let's Spin up Blended MS&HS, In-Person, with Standard Judging

7-Jan-2023 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
3-Oct-2022 09:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
26-Nov-2022 09:00 EST
Registration Deadline
30-Dec-2022 13:40 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

Welcome teams! We are excited for you to attend the Let's Spin UP!

State Qualifier Let's Spin up at Desert Ridge

Awards to be given out

  • Excellence Award
  • Design Award
  • Tournament Champions
  • Robot Skills Champion

Middle School Excellence * If 10 middle school teams sign up.

 This is a blended event (HS and MS together) so the number of Excellence Awards will be determined by the VRC Qualifying Criteria document on page 4.

We are planning on in-person interviews, please bring a printed version of your Engineering notebook.


The Pits will be located outside unless Rain is in the forecast. A modified Frisbee Golf course will be set up above the pits for your enjoyment. 


The event will be held in the Gymnasium (Building Three). Teams should park in the student parking lot, across from the basketball and tennis courts, located near the intersection of Guadalupe and Crimson. Building three is located straight and to the right of the student parking lot. Spectators are welcome.

Doors open at 7:30 am.  The event is in the gymnasium of Desert Ridge High School

Health and Safety Policies

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety policies are subject to change. Please check the "Health and Safety Policies" tab for current policies and more information. Masks are optional.


Concessions will be offered at this event and we encourage you to take advantage of the food, drink, and snacks throughout the day. For your convenience, teams will also be allowed to bring food into the building. An eating area will be set up so that people are not eating in the gym. Thank you for your cooperation. If you like to Pre-order Pizza there will be a form sent out closer to event time.

There are several restaurants within a 2-4 mile radius:




Kentucky Fried Chicken

Papa Johns



In and Out

Dairy Queen



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 game manual and Q&As at for rule updates and changes.
  3. Carefully read all of the information contained on this webpage and emails sent to participants
  4. Pack for the event the day before the day of departure. Here are a few items that you don't want to forget.
    • Safety Glasses
    • Spare parts & tools
    • Batteries, chargers, and a power strip
    • Micro USB cable
    • Laptop computer
    • Engineering notebook
    • Banners and other decorations for your team pit
    • Giveaways if you have them
  5. Ensure your robot brain has the latest version of the firmware.
  6. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament.
  7. Prep for your interviews with the judges. Check the awards tab to see what awards will be given during the tournament.

Participation and Consent Form

Consent forms are required for all students, mentors, and coaches on a VRC team. Consent forms are now done online one time and are good for the entire season at all REC run events. Please be sure to complete the online participation release form.

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 7-Jan-2023

Desert Ridge High School
10045 East Madero Avenue
Mesa, Arizona 85209
United States

Contact Information

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Agenda**Subject To Change**:

7:30AM Doors Open
7:30AM Check in, inspection, & field calibration opens
7:30AM Skills open
8:30AM Final call to begin the inspection process
8:45AM Inspection & field calibration closes
8:45AM Coaches Meeting
8:50 AM Team Meeting
9:00AM Qualification matches begin
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch Qualification matches pause for launch
12:30PM-1:00PM Skills matches
1:15PM Qualification matches resume
2:30PM Skills closed
2:45PM Qualification matches end
2:55PM Alliance selection
3:15PM-5:00PM Elimination tournament and awards ceremony

*To participate in skills matches, the robot must have passed inspection.


We need volunteers if you are able to please contact: [email protected]

Field Reset(4-10)
Judge Advisor(1)
Practice Field Official(2)
Scorekeeper Referee(4)
Team Check-in/Volunteer Check-in(2)

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

No refunds will be given. 

Refund and Payment Policies

No refund will be given

Health and Safety Policies

Please do not bring your team to this event if they are sick.  The following health screening questionnaire will be required of every team member and coach when they arrive at the event:

Has Participant had any signs or symptoms of a fever in the past 24 hours such as chills, sweats, feeling "feverish" or had a temperature that is elevated for them/100.0F or greater?     (   ) Yes    (    ) No

Does Participant have any of the following symptoms?

•          Cough

•          Shortness of Breath or Chest Tightness

•          Sore Throat

•          Nasal Congestion/Runny Nose

•          Myalgia (Body Aches)

•          Loss of Taste and/or Smell

•          Diarrhea

•          Nausea

•          Vomiting

•          Fever/Chills/Sweats

(    ) Yes    (    ) No

Has the participant or a member of your immediate household traveled internationally in the last 14 days?     (    ) Yes    (    ) No

Has the participant or anyone else in your household been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?     (    ) Yes    (    ) No

Has the participant or anyone else in your household been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19?         (    ) Yes    (    ) No


All approved events and event attendees are required to follow all local, state, federal, or any other government ordinances regarding COVID-19 safety procedures, social distancing, and best hygiene practices. Event Partners should continually assess, based on current government guidelines, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees when necessary.

Date: 7-Jan-2023
Desert Ridge High School
10045 East Madero Avenue
Mesa, Arizona 85209
United States

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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.