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2023 Arizona VRC Middle School State Championship

Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Spots Open
Event Region
Standard Registration Opens
15-Oct-2022 09:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
14-Feb-2023 09:00 EST

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General Info

Welcome teams! We are excited for you to attend the 2023 Arizona Middle School State Championship!

Qualifying for The 2023 VEX Robotics World Championship

Updated January 6th, 2023: This championship event will qualify 5 teams to the 2023 VEX Robotics World Championship:

  • Excellence Award (1)
  • Tournament Champions (2)
  • Design Award (1)
  • Robot Skills Champion (1)

New for this season, if a team double‑qualifies, the extra spot will be awarded to the next unqualified middle‑school team who is ranked highest in the Robot Skills Challenge at the 2023 Arizona VRC MS State Championship. These do not include scores posted prior to the state championship. See the official Qualifying Criteria for more details.

Competition Fields Information:

The competition fields and robot skills challenge fields will use the metal competition field perimeter with the GPS Field Code V2 strips installed. The practice fields will also use the metal competition field perimeter with at least one field using the GPS Field Code V2 strips.


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.

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.
    • 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 approved events.

Grade Level: Middle School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Eligible Teams:

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 25-Feb-2023

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

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• 6:00pm: Pre-event set up, if you can volunteer to help, we would really appreciate it! Sign up here:

Teams who help set up the event will be allowed to practice on the official competition and skills fields on Friday.


• 7:00am: Doors open
• 7:30am  Inspection begins, skills matches begin
• 8:00am Coaches Meeting in gym atrium
• 8:30am: Inspection closes, skills matches pause
• 8:45am: Opening Ceremony & Team Meeting
• 9:30am: Qualification matches begin, skills matches resume
• 12:00pm: Lunch, qualification and skills matches pause
• 1:00pm: Qualification and skills matches resume
• 3:00pm: Qualification and skills matches end for the event
• 3:15pm: Alliance selection
• 3:45pm: Elimination tournament and awards ceremony


We need many volunteers to make this event possible! There are a variety of positions to fill. To sign up, please fill out the volunteer sign-up form and share!

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Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

As we are in Arizona, it is extremely unlikely the event will be cancelled due to weather. If an emergency occurs, we will notify everyone registered the tournament is cancelled.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be given.


This event will be livestreamed on 18x18az's YouTube channel.

Judging Format

Team interviews will be conducted in-person at the Event. Engineering notebooks will be submitted upon check-in on Saturday.












8 teams are on the waitlist for this event.

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