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VRC Heartland Regional Robotics Championship - HIGH SCHOOL Division

26-Feb-2016 - 27-Feb-2016
Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Spots Open
Event Region
Standard Registration Opens
1-Nov-2015 00:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
16-Feb-2016 00:00 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Concessions will be offered at this event and we encourage you to take advantage of the food, drink and snacks as this helps the hosting partner defray the costs of running this event.

Tournament Code of Conduct

CREATE Sponsored and Co-sponsored events require teams to understand and accept a Tournament Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct will help clarify the role of students and adults at CREATE events. Please be sure to read through the entire CREATE Tournament Code of Conduct and be sure that all members of your team understand it as well. We believe these simple rules will help everyone have a great experience.

Qualificaiton Criteria

2016 VRC Heartland Robotics Championship Qualifying Criteria

Below are the criteria for teams to qualify for participation in the 2016 VRC Heartland Robotics Championship This document applies to both high school and middle school teams.

There are three ways registered Nebraska and Iowa teams can qualify for the 44 High School and 32 Middle School spots;
1. Via official qualifying tournaments
2. Via official skills challenges
3. Via official qualifying Nebraska and Iowa leagues
To be eligible to participate in a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) qualifying event (and for a qualifying spot), a team must be officially registered as a VRC team and have their official 2015/2016 VRC Team ID Number and Robot ID plates. 2016 VRC Heartland Robotics Championship qualifying spots are available as follows:

Level 1: 16 – 23 teams will qualify up to 3 teams
Tournament Champions (2 teams)
Excellence Award winner (1 team)

Level 2: 24-59 teams will qualify up to 5 teams
Tournament Champions (3 teams)
Excellence Award winner(s) (1-2 teams)

Level 3: 60+ teams will qualify up to 8 teams
Tournament Champions (3 teams)
Design Award winner (1 team)
Robot Skills Champion (1 team)
Programming Skills Champion (1 team)
Excellence Award winner(s) (1-2 teams)

Skills Challenge will qualify 5+ teams
Skills rankings from all official events will be included in the VRC rankings.
The top 5 high school/middle school teams from Nebraska and Iowa (5 total, not 5 from each State.) as of February 8th, 2016 in each skill challenge will be automatic qualifiers. (Pending availability additional teams may also qualify in order of ranking.)

Nebraska and Iowa Leagues will qualify up to 3 teams.
The top ranked team in a league at the end of normal league play
Tournament Champions of the league Tournament Finale (2 teams)

1. An “Official Qualifying” VRC event meets the following criteria:
a. Is listed as a VRC event with online registration hosted on
b. Is held between June 1st, 2015 and February 8th, 2016.
c. Teams participating at the event have completed their VRC team registration.
d. The event must follow the Official Rules in the Game Manual (including tournament and alliance selection guidelines).
e. The Event must be held in either Iowa or Nebraska. All teams from either state participating in ANY tournament from EITHER state are eligible to qualify for the Heartland Regional.

Video Judging

Video Judging will be used this year for all Divisions of the Heartland Regional Robotics Championship. Video judging requires each team to submit a video based upon the guidelines found here. Be sure to read the Team Guidelines thoroughly. Feel free to review the two event partner documents too. This will give you a clear understanding of how video judging works and how your will be graded.

Submit video by filling out this High School Video Judging Google Form.
Submission deadline: 2/21/2016.


Payment Information

Send payment to:

CREATE Foundation
1510 Chandler Road W
Bellevue, NE 68147


A waiver will be required. Each member of a team, student and adult needs to sign the following waiver.

To help move registration along quickly we would encourage everyone to print off the waiver and get them signed prior to arriving at the tournament.

Grade Level: High School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Eligible Teams:

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 26-Feb-2016 - 27-Feb-2016

Omaha North Magnet High School
Omaha, Nebraska 68111
United States

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Friday February 26th, 2016
3:00PM-5:00PM Team Registration
3:00PM-6:00PM Inspection and Practice
5:00PM-8:00PM Skills Challenge
6:10PM-6:25PM Drivers and Coaches Meeting
6:30PM-6:45PM Opening Ceremony
6:50PM-9:00PM VRC Qualification Matches
6:50PM-9:15PM Open School Playoffs
9:30PM Venue Closes
9:30PM Venue Closes

Saturday February 27th, 2016
7:30AM Pit Opens
8:00AM-10:45AM Skills Challenges
8:00AM-12:30PM Qualification Matches
11:15AM-12:15PM Skills Challenge Finals
12:30PM-12:45PM Alliance Selection
12:45PM-2:00PM Lunch
2:15PM-4:15PM Playoffs
4:15PM-4:45PM Finals
4:50PM-5:10PM Closing Ceremony
6:00PM Venue Closes

* Only the top teams as judged on their video interview submissions will participate in the face-to-face interviews. Those teams will initially be interviewed in their pit area Friday evening. Finalists from this initial interview will be notified of the time and place of a final face-to-face interview Saturday morning.

*Three rounds per team per skills challenge maximum.

*The top three teams in each skills as of 11AM Saturday will move on to the finals from 11:15AM-12:15PM Saturday.

*In the finals, teams will have one more opportunity to increase their top score.