The Game:

VEX Robotics Competition “Change Up” is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen above. Two (2) Alliances – one (1) “red” and one (1) “blue” – composed of two (2) Teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen (15) second Autonomous Period, followed by a one minute and forty-five second (1:45) Driver Controlled Period.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by placing Balls in Goals, and Connecting Rows.

Game and Scoring Details:

There are 32 Balls on the “Change Up” Field: 16 Red and 16 Blue. There are also 9 goals placed around the field. Balls are to be scored in Goals. Each scored Ball is worth 1 point for the corresponding Alliance color. The highest scored Ball in a Goal will be owned by the corresponding Alliance color.

If an alliance owns 3 goals in any direction (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal), they will receive a 6 point bonus for a Connected Row. But be careful, Balls can be descored at any time during the Driver-Control period!

The alliance that scores more points in the Autonomous period is awarded with 6 bonus points, added to the final score at the end of the match. Each alliance also has the opportunity to earn an additional Win Point by completing their Home Row during the Autonomous Period. This Bonus can be earned by both Alliances, regardless of who wins the Autonomous Bonus.

The official rules for «Change Up» can be found here.

Age of Participants:

There are two age categories for this competition: middle school (MS) and high school (HS). A team is considered as a MS team if all members are born on or after May 1, 2005. Likewise, a team is considered to be a HS team if all members are born on or after May 1, 2001.

Excellence Award:

The VEX competition at this event is the Kazakhstan National VEX Championship. At this competition two VEX V5 teams will be chosen to represent Kazakhstan at the VEX Robotics World Championship to be held April 23-26, 2021, in the United States. These teams will be the winners of the “Excellence Award: Middle School” and “Excellence Award: High School”. The excellence award is given to the team that demonstrates overall excellence in competition and design. Please note that an engineering notebook is required to be considered for these awards. Also note that the “Excellence Awards” for Kazakhstan are only given if 12 or more teams from Kazakhstan participate. If fewer than the required number participate, the awards will be given at a later date.

Event Schedule (all times listed are for Kazakhstan – Almaty, GMT +6):

January 7th 1300-1800: Registration / Inspection / Practice.
January 8th: 1000-1800: Practice / Skills competition
January 9th: 1000-1800: Practice / Skills competition
January 10th: 1000-1500: Unofficial Scrimmage (Kazakhstan only) / Online Award Ceremony