A variety of team resources, including rules, are posted below.  Please note that a team member cannot participate on more than one RoboCupJunior USA team.  In addition, teams cannot share robots.

COMPETITION RULES

Each year, an international committee of experts determines what changes should be made to the prior year's rules.  The process takes time and the rules generally aren't finalized until spring.  While the rules for the 2018 season have not yet been determined, we think that the 2017 rules are a good starting point for the 2018 rules.   When the 2018 rules are finalized, we will post them here and send an email to our newsletter recipients.  Given the somewhat unreliable nature of email, you may want to check back here periodically for the 2018 rules. 

SOCCER

AWARDS

In addition to the bracketed robot matches, a panel of experts will interview each soccer team and be responsible for awarding six judged awards.  The teams will be judged as a combined pool of Soccer participants, not by sub-league.  This year, those awards will be: 

  • Teamwork, given for dedication to collaborative processes internal to the team
  • Programming and Control, given for high quality code and software technique
  • Design, given for excellence in the robot’s form and features.
  • Creativity, given for surprising or novel ideas expressed on the robot
  • Documentation, given for clear and accessible explanation of the robot at all levels.
  • Impact, given for a team's efforts to help support robotics and engineering education in their community 

Teams will be judged for these awards based on their performance throughout the competition, their presentation to the judges, and artifacts and documentation of their process submitted to the judges.  

As the US qualifier for the RoboCupJunior 2018 international competition, the teams that we nominate to represent the US will be the top ranked team in their division who ALSO won a judged award.  We hope this emphasizes our commitment to excellence in robotics in all dimensions, and our desire to celebrate a diverse array of teams.

FIELD CONSTRUCTION

If you want to build a soccer field that is nearly identical to the fields used at the competition, please refer to the following pdf:  Soccer Table

RESCUE

AWARDS

In addition to the robot rescue challenge, a panel of experts will interview each team and be responsible for awarding six judged awards.  The teams will be judged as a combined pool of Rescue participants, not by sub-league.  This year, those awards will be:

  • Teamwork - given for dedication to collaborative processes internal to the team
  • Programming and Algorithm Design - given for high quality code and software techniques
  • Mechanical Design - given for excellence in the robot’s mechanical form and features
  • Sensor Usage - given for surprising, clever or novel ideas in the use of sensor feedback on the robot
  • Interview - given for excellence in presentation during the interview process
  • Documentation - given for clear and accessible explanations of the robot at all levels in team documentation (journals, websites, posters, etc).

The awards listed above supersede the awards listed in Section 4 of the international rules.

COMPETITION FIELD CONSTRUCTION

If you want to build a Rescue Line field that is nearly identical to the fields used at the competition, please refer to the following pdf:  Rescue Line Table


Unfortunately, we do not have design documents for the Rescue Maze field.  

RESCUE LINE

 

RESCUE MAZE

ONSTAGE

AWARDS

As the rules linked above describe in detail, the competition is comprised of the following three components:

        • OnStage performance.  1-2 minute stage performance showing originality, creativity and innovation.
        • Open technical demonstration. A 5 minute stage demonstration to showcase the capabilities of the robot(s). Teams need to also present a technical description of how the capabilities have been developed, the challenges overcome and the technologies involved.
        • Technical interview. An up to 15 minutes face-to-face interview between the team and judges.

A panel of judges will use the 2016 OnStage Score Sheet to judge each of the three components.  The team with the highest combined overall mark will receive the OnStage Individual Team 1st place award.

In addition, the panel of experts will also interview each team and be responsible for awarding six judged awards.  The teams will be judged as a combined pool of OnStage participants, not by sub-league.  This year, some or all of those awards will be (depending on the number of teams competing):

  • Best Robot Communication
  • Best Mechanical Hardware
  • Best Electronic Hardware
  • Best Technical Demonstration
  • Best Programming 

As the US qualifier for the RoboCupJunior 2018 international competition, the team that we nominate to represent the US will be the top ranked team in their division who ALSO won a judged award.  We hope this emphasizes our commitment to excellence in robotics in all dimensions, and our desire to celebrate a diverse array of teams.

SCORE SHEETS

2016 RoboCupJunior USA OnStage Score Sheet (pdf)