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2024 SD Mines Robot Rumble

Blended VRC MS/HS

10-Feb-2024 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX V5 Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
VEXNet Field Control
Spots Open
Event Region
South Dakota
Max Registrations per Organization
Standard Registration Opens
6-Nov-2023 16:00 EST
Registration Deadline
7-Feb-2024 16:00 EST
Payment Deadline
29-Jan-2024 16:00 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Welcome to the SD Mines Robot Rumble.  This tournament will be held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Goodell Gym.

Concessions will be served from 11am-1pm. 


Competition Preparation

This event is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting event. 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. 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
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

5. Be sure to read 101 Things You Should Know Before Your First VEX Tournament, found on the Documents tab. 

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.

8. 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.  Tiger Robotics will provide access to grinders and a metal cutting chop saw upon request.

9. 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.

10. Read through the Robot troubleshooting guide. The guide can be found here.

11. Ensure your robot brain has the latest version of firmware.

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 10-Feb-2024

501 E St Joseph St
501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
United States

Contact Information

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Tentative Schedule

7:30 – 8:30    Team Registration

7:30 – 9:30     Inspections

8:00 – 1:00     Skills Challenge

8:45 – 2:15     Judging in the Pits

9:45 – 9:50     Referee meeting

9:50 – 10:00   Drivers and Coaches Meeting

10:00               Opening Ceremonies

10:15 – 2:15   Qualification matches

2:20 – 2:30     Alliance Selection

2:45 – 4:00     Elimination Matches

4:15 – 4:30     Awards Ceremony


If you are interested in volunteeering, please contact Deon Estebo at [email protected].

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

The tournament will occur unless I-90 closes. Please your own discretion when traveling in bad weather.

Refund and Payment Policies

No refunds are offered for this tournment regardless of team withdrawl or tournament cancelation.



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Judging Format

Digital Engineering Notebook Submissions / In Person Team Interviews: Team interviews will be conducted in-person at the event. Engineering notebooks will be submitted digitally for evaluation  via a link found within the "My Account" panel of the team contact on RobotEvents. A submission deadline that may be scheduled ahead of the event date.