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BOT-BALL
ROBOT COMPETITION

Object of Game:

   To get a certain number of balls into your net in the least amount of time.

Length of Game:

   The game is played until one player has all of his balls in the net.

Play Field:

  The competition playing field is 6' X 8" and made of 3/8" interlocking foam tiles.

Rules of the Game:

  1. The contestants must wait for the referee to start the round before moving the robots.
  2. You can navigate anyplace on the playing field but you cannot interfere with the operation of your opponents robot.
  3. Balls must be completely in the net to count.
  4. You cannot ram or charge into your opponents robot.
  5. Striking another robot in an aggressive manner will result in disqualification and the end of the match.
  6. At the end of the round you must “Park” your robot back at the starting area and put the remote control down on the play field.
  7. If your robot or remote control malfunctions you must immediately notify the referee.
  8. If the robots get tangled with each other you must immediately stop playing and notify the referee.

Alternate Bot-Ball Challenge

Because the robots have wireless video systems, the contest could be repeated by the participants only watching a TV and not the playing field thus increasing the challenge.


Robots Used For The Competition:

VEX Protobot

   The robots used for the Bot-Ball competition are modified VEX Robotics Protobot's. They each have a wireless color video system and LED's for low light competitions. On the front is a movable claw that can be raised, lowered, opened and closed via the wireless remote control. The robots work on rechargeable batteries which is also what powers the video camera system and lights.


The robots in the Bot-Ball competition are controlled via a multi channel remote shown here:
The front of the VEX Remote Control
Front View
The back of the VEX Remote Control
Rear View
Joysticks Control:
Forward, Reverse, Left Right
4 Push Buttons Control:
Robot Arm Up/Down, Claw Open/Close

Prizes will be awarded to the operator of the robot that has the best time.

Here are a few of the items that will be given away:

Hex Bugs Cybug Kits
Robot T-shirts WowWee Tribot
WALL-E Key Chains Robotic Kits
Mini Femisapien VexPlorer Robot
ROBOT Magazine Subscription Edmund Scientific Gift Certificate

 


For more information on the competitions e-mail us.
Robotic Competition Playing Field

Here are a few YouTube videos of robot competitions.




About the Robots:

   The robots used in the Bot-Ball competition is the Vex Protobot which is made and provided by Innovation First / Vex Robotics.

About the Play Field:

   The robot competition playing field is made of interlocking foam tiles which were provided by GetRung.com

   The tiles are 2' X 2' X 3/8" thick, Non-Toxic, 100% Lead & Latex Free, ASTM E84 & F963-96a Safety and Fire Rated, UL 723 & NFPA 255 Smoke & Flame Spread Rated. 



We would like to thank the following for their donations, help and support.

Vex Robotics Get Rung Interlocking Tiles & Mats
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