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.
The USA soccer competition will use the international RoboCupJunior Soccer Rules 2018 - DRAFT. For the USA competition, the international rules will be changed as follows:
- The rules will be modified to provide that the game will consist of two halves, each with a duration of five minutes. There will be a five minute break in between the halves.
- The field may not have the incline mentioned in Section 4.2 of the rules.
- The USA competition will not use the landmarks mentioned in section 4.3 of the rules.
- The USA competition will use the matte finish Schweikert ball mentioned in the rules. Make sure you use the matte Schweikert ball rather than their semi-glossy ball.
- All one-minute penalties in the international rules will be half-minute penalties in the USA competition.
Note: In the International rules, the USA Standard Weight Sub-league is called the "Open League”.
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.
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
The USA rescue competition will use the international RoboCupJunior Rescue Rules 2018 - DRAFT.
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.
RULES AND AWARDS
The USA OnStage competition will use the international RoboCupJunior OnStage Rules 2017. For the USA competition, the international rules will be changed as follows:
- 2.2.1. All teams will be given 2 opportunities to perform before the judges. The highest scoring performance will be used. --> Teams might have only one performance opportunity depending on the total number of participating team
- 6.3 Prizes and awards --> 1st place award will be given to the 1st place team after combining all scores from the interview, technical demonstration and performance. Whether to provide separate award for primary category team will be decided depending on the total number of participating teams.
Other awards may be given to individual teams depending on the total number of participating teams.