2018 Robot Rattler - Offseason Event

Event Details

Date: November 10th and 11th
Location: Vandegrift High School, Austin, TX
Fee: $200 (Additional $50 for a practice bot)
Questions? Email Michael Ray (mray190@gmail.com)

Registration Link

Click here to register!

Registered teams

  • 6800 - ViperBots Valor


Friday, Nov 9th
4:00pm Field setup for registered volunteers
Saturday, Nov 10th
8:00am Pits open and team load-in
10:00am Field opens for practice matches
12:00pm Lunch break. Field connections for teams that haven't been to the field yet.
1:30pm Matches begin
5:00pm Matches End. Mentor tournament alliance selection
5:30pm Mentor tournament matches start
7:30pm Pits close
Sunday, Nov 11th
7:00am Pits open
8:00am Matches start
12:00pm Qualification matches end
12:10pm Alliance Selections
1:00pm Elimination matches
4:00pm Clean-up

Rule Changes

G05 – Don’t overextend yourself.

ROBOTS may not extend more than 16 in. beyond their FRAME PERIMETER. This rule doesn’t apply to a ROBOT fully within its PLATFORM ZONE during the ENDGAME. **Momentary, minimal excursions (approximately less than 3 seconds and less than 6 inches) outside of the PLATFORM ZONE during ENDGAME will not result in violations of this rule.**

G09. Launching POWER CUBES is okay, but keep it short.

A ROBOT is not permitted to launch POWER CUBES except: B. When any part of its BUMPERS are contacting a FENCE, **either directly or transitively through a POWER CUBE**, or any part of the ROBOT is intersecting the vertical planes defined by the SWITCH FENCE, and it is attempting to place a POWER CUBE on the nearest PLATE of that FENCE’s SWITCH


ROBOTS may not control more than one (1) POWER CUBE at a time. B. “Herding” (Intentionally pushing a POWER CUBE to a desired location or direction) is in violation of this rule. **This rule does not apply to a ROBOT breaking the plane of their own Exchange Zone.**

G25. PLATES are moved by POWER CUBES, not ROBOTS.

Except via the weight of placed POWER CUBES, ROBOTS may not directly or transitively cause or prevent the movement of PLATES **in a way that is beneficial to their own alliance (examples include holding a PLATE at neutral or through holding a PLATE in a manner which earns their alliance points). If a REFEREE or FTA determines damage is occurring to the SCALE, the offending ROBOT will be DISABLED.**

Mentor Tournament

Want to see how bad your mentors are at driving your robot? On Saturday evening, we will have a mentor tournament where 3 members of your team's mentor squad get to compete!


  • Driver, Operator, and Human player must be mentors
  • Definition of mentor: Older than 18, associated with your team, and if the mentor is an alumni of FIRST, must have graduated from their FIRST team no later than 2017.
  • Drive coach must be a current student of the team
  • Quarterfinal matches are single game elimination
  • Semifinal and Final matches are best of 3. No timeouts