TUSD Elementary Robotics Tournament

Information for Teams and Coaches

Welcome to Our Tournament!

We are very proud to be an official VEX event partner and hope that we will provide an enjoyable experience for all of the students, coaches, and families. This is an official tournament and at this time we will be sending three teams to the CA State VEX Robotics Championship from this event. (2 Tournament Champions and 1Excellence Award)

It is extremely important that all students and coaches read through this information carefully and come prepared to the event.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Cari Williams

TUSD Robotics Lead


Saturday, Jan. 27th, 7:15am-3:15pm

11555 Culver Drive

Irvine, CA

Event Facilities

The tournament will be held in the Gym with 2 game fields on the floor and bleachers for viewing. The pit stations and practice field will be set up in the Mulit-Purpose Room (MPR) located next to the Gym. The tournament skills field will be also located inside of the gym. Please follow the signs to line up near the double doors. Teams must find time in their schedule to participate in tournament skills. This is not a required event.

ONLY 2 team members will be allowed to enter the game field area for matches. All other team members, coaches, and family members must view from the bleachers and must remain behind the caution tape.

No food or drink is allowed in the Gym but it is OK to have food or drink in the pit area in the MPR.

Each team will be provided a table with one outlet at the end of an extension cord. You will need to bring your own power strip.


There is parking in front of the school. When the parking lot becomes full, follow the signs to park behind the gym on the outdoor basketball courts.

Event Schedule

7:30 am Registration Table Opens/ Teams Arrive/ Robot Check-In/Turn in Notebooks
7:45 am Robot Inspections Begin
​8:45 am Drive Team Meeting
9:00 am Opening Ceremony
9:15 am Qualifying Matches Begin
11:30 am Lunch
12:00 pm Qualifying Matches Resume
2:00 pm Qualifying Matches End
2:15 pm Finals Matches Begin
3:00 Closing Ceremonies and Awards
3:15 pm Event Ends
3:15 -4:00pm Clean Up

Each team will participate in 6 qualifying matches. We run a 2-minute cycle between matches. In order to run this tight of a schedule, teams must check in to the Cueing table 2 matches prior to their match. Teams will set up on the field during the match prior to their match with the assistance of two referees.

**Please note: If a team has not arrived at the field before the head referee arrives, they will not be allowed to set up.

Lunch & Snack Bar

Lunch tickets may be purchased for $5.00 at the check-in table.

Lunch will include pizza, salad, chips, drink and a cookie.

Other food items may be purchased at the snack bar located at the check-in tables.

Pit Area

The pit area is located inside of the MPR. This is where the judges will be looking for teams to interview.

Please bring your spare parts, tools, batteries, chargers, programming cables, and laptop. We will have a Guest wi-fi password available the day of the tournament.

There will be one practice field set up. Feel free to bring your own practice field to provide more practice opportunities for students. Please be considerate of the time you spend on the practice field. All teams should get a chance to use the field and this will be monitored.

Team Check-In

The check-in table will be located at the entrance of the MPR. Teams who would like to qualify for the excellence or design awards must turn in a notebook to the check-in table by 8:15 am. All teams must check in by 8:30 am or they will be dropped from the qualification match schedule.

Robot Inspections

Please use the robot inspection checklist below to make sure robots meet all the criteria and constraints as described in the game manual. Robots that do not meet the specifications will not be allowed to participate in the event.

*Note: Robot will need to display, on 2 (two) opposing sides, clearly visible, the VEX IQ Challenge license plates with the team number clearly written on them. These should have arrived in your welcome package when the teams were registered with VEX for the 2017-18 season.

Robot Inspection Checklist


We take great pride in the level of sportsmanship displayed at TUSD tournaments.

Please help us keep our tournaments an enjoyable experience and be respectful to all who attend. Our volunteers are very appreciated and we expect that they will be treated with the utmost respect.

Refrees and Rulings

Please come prepared and understand the rules for the game "Ringmaster". The referee training videos may be useful to help prepare teams for the competition.

Referee Training Videos

Understand that the head referees rulings are final. We will not use video replay to analyze matches. If you find that the referees have inaccurately scored a match, you must ask for a recount before robots are moved from the field. Once robots have been removed from the field, the scores are final.

Please do not argue with the referees. We understand that teams are highly competitive our referees are fair and consistent with their rulings to provide the best experience possible for all teams.

We are looking forward to hosting this event. See you soon!