Advice to Coaches

Consider ways your team’s behaviour can be transparent and in accordance with the code of conduct. This will help to preventing other teams from making accusations against your team, to purposely disqualify your team from moving forward. Teams and coaches who wish to bring up concerns regarding another team should consider how this will impact your team. If these accusations are used as a mean/tool to move your team ahead, this will be interpreted as malicious and inflammatory. Ultimately this will lead your team down a path that will not be successful within the competition. Please refer to the game manual under R1 and the code of conduct.

As of July 2018, it is the recommendation of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (RECF) that teams wishing to be successful at the provincial championship and at the world championship should attend at least four VEX-IQ events within the season to give students and coaches the opportunity to experience steadfast focus at the competition with teams just as determined.

With that announcement being made in July, five non-competitive events/scrimmage have been added to this year’s event calendar for teams to practice their competition performance skills. These events are non-mandatory. However, teams wishing to compete at the world ranking level will most certainly take these opportunities seriously.

This year’s game look quite simple to play, but in fact, the challenge is in its simplicity. RECF is expecting most competitive team to score the maximum points within the match. Therefore, determining the tournament champion will depend on a number of other factors. For the highest scores possible stay tuned to the VEX IQ Forum and attend as many events as possible.

Awards Changes/ Clarification/ Provincial Championship Qualifications

Teams wishing to participate at the season end Provincial Championship must win at least one category of competition at a regular season event: Team Work Challenge, Skills Competition, or be the Design Award winner.

STEM research projects are not mandatorily required at the regular season events.

However, they will be accepted, and feedback will be offered to teams. No awards will be given at the event and only video submission one week before the event may be considered. The STEM research project will be one of the conditions used as part of the tie breaker process during the regular season. Follow the link to the submission format and additional information (Link).

Skills Only/Unlimited events will no longer be part of the competition offering.

Teams wishing to vie/reach for the Excellence Award should pay attention to the following:

At regular season events:
– The code of conduct must be followed by all team members and coaches.
– The robot/team performance must be at the top of every category at the competition to exemplify performance excellence.
– All judges and referee(s) must agree on the team chosen for the excellence award.

At the provincial championship:

The VEX-IQ Robotics 2018/2019 BC Championship is an invitational event. Invitations will be sent out to teams that are category winner at a competition during the regular season.

STEM research project will be mandatory for teams wishing to be consider for the Excellence Award at the Provincial Championship. This must be a unique submission that have not been submitted before. However, it can be an improvement of the previous submission during the regular season.

Skills Competition ranking alone will no longer be considered for the world competition. However, should a tie occur at the championship, the skills ranking will be used as one of the determining factors for the Excellence Award.

Excellence Award winner at the Provincial Championship will be representing western Canada at the World Robotics competition – Louisville Kentucky April 2019.

Rule changes and amendments 2018-2019

New: Code of Conduct:

https://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2018/05/rec-foundation-code-of-conduct.pdf

Clarifications:

VEX IQ is a student-centered program. Adults may assist Students in urgent situations, but adults should never work on or program a Robot without Students on that Team being present and actively participating.

Some amount of adult mentorship, teaching, and/or guidance is an expected and encouraged facet of the VEX IQ Challenge. No one is born an expert in robotics! However, obstacles should always be viewed as teaching opportunities, not tasks for an adult to solve without Students present and actively participating.

When a mechanism falls off, it is… …okay for an adult to help a Student investigate why it failed, so it can be improved. …not okay for an adult to put the robot back together.

When a team encounters a complex programming concept, it is… …okay for an adult to guide a Student through a flowchart to understand its logic. …not okay for an adult to write a pre-made command for that Student to reference.