Rules and Conditions

1) The CQ Junior Robotics Competition 2023 is open to participants located within the Central Queensland area. The organising committee reserves the right to decline application of team(s) that are deemed from schools not located within the Central Queensland area.

2) The organising committee and its associate officials reserve the right to amend and modify the rules and other governing regulations that have been previously published without prior warning in the running, judging, and awarding of marks/scores in all categories of the competition. However, the strictest discretion will be exercised to ensure that any amendments and modifications will not put any participants of the competition at a disadvantage. In case of disputes in any of the events, the Chief Referee's decision is final after consulting with the Organising Committee if required.

  • RoboCup Junior Soccer rules and additional information can be found at Please note that there will be no separate soccer leagues (Novice and Open) - unlike the State and National Competition, CQJRC will run only one soccer league.

Local rule modifications and clarifications

OnStage 2023

  • There are no novice divisions, ie there is only one primary and one secondary OnStage category.
  • Within the CQJRC event, we will allow floor coverings in this category.
  • No Technical description paper will be required for the CQ Junior Robotics Event.  Student will be required to attend an interview and conduct a performance.
  • 3.2.2 Music is to be supplied as indicated by the organisers of the event. It should be high quality, clearly labelled with the team name, school, title, and contain only the music for the team’s performance on it - Within CQJRC - will prefer that all music be provided on a USB device. If this is not an option, please notify the organisers prior to the competition event.
  • 5.1.2 There will be no moderation of interview scores based on experience.
  • 7.2.7 The Performance is to be performed autonomously. Where code is run from a device other than the robot itself, that device must be placed within The Stage and not touched after The Performance has started.  CQJRC will allow Teams requiring Bluetooth start to do so, but you must notify judges prior to the performance. Once pressed to begin, they need to place the device on the judge's table during the performance and collect it at the end. This would apply for robots such as Dash or Sphero.

Rescue 2023

  • Teams - CQJRC will accept single member entry for the rescue category.  This event is all about participation, so that will be encouraged more, than team size.
  • Within the Open Rescue Line Category, there will be only one victim to rescue and there will be no "contaminated empty rescue capsules without a victim".
  • There will be no drop zones implemented for all categories of rescue.
  • Teams can restart as many times are they like and no penalties (loss of points) will be applied.
  • If teams get stuck trying to complete a particular tile, after their third attempt (restart), the referee can choose to bypass that particular tile, but this will mean no points will be gained for the completion of that particular tile.
  • Teams will also not be required to bring a journal, logbook or design diary, but this is good practice and if any team is considering to participate in state or nations events, then these items will be required to be produced.
  • 2.1 Within the Rescue Line Tiles, CQJRC will only be using titles based on the "official RoboCupJunior Australia Practice Rescue Mat, which can be obtained from Modern Teaching Aids (" and the "Gridlock" tile will not be in use.  Version 2 - small tiles from MTA will not be in use.  There will also be no debris used, but the water tower obstacle will again be used this year.
  • 4.1.1 No requirement for any type of electronic submission nor keep a Journal or Logbook.  That said, it is a good learning practise for students to do this
  • 4.2 - No student interviews for the robot rescue category will occur.
  • 4.3 - There will be no Journal, Logbook to technical description paper required for the CQJRC event.  Having said that, it is a good idea to record notes and if you plan on participating in the state or national event, then you will need this accompanying documentation.
  • 6.7.5 – The worst trial result will be removed for the total results, when determining the participants for the finals.
  • 6.6.6 - there will be no loss of point for an pack of progress.
  • No points when exiting the spill access point for Primary Rescue Exit Point - With regards to rule "6.6.3" - Primary Rescue Teams will not be awarded any additional points for fully exiting the Chemical Spill via the Spill Access, as a local variation will be in place for this rule.
  • Challenge Track - No challenge track will be including in this year’s event.

Soccer 2023

  • Within CQJRC, we will only be playing the Lightweight category using the "infrared ball".
  • The duration of the game will involve 2 x 10 minute halves.
  • The CQJRC soccer fields are painted black inside each goal area and not cyan or yellow.
  • We will be using the older, dark-grey coloured infrared ball. This will be confirmed shortly
  • There is no requirement to decorate or colour each of the robots to identify which team they belong to, but teams are more welcome to do this if they want to give their robot's some flair.
  • Log books for the soccer category do not need to be submitted to the event organisers, but participants may be required at any stage of competing to be asked to prove that the robot being used is the student's work (i.e. the students did the building and programming themselves).
  • No requirement for any type of electronic submission.
  • No student interviews for the robot soccer category will occur.
  • Students may be questioned by the officials to confirm the robot was designed and built by the students.
  • 4.5.2 states that a penalty goal will be awarded if a ball deemed to be traveling into the goal strikes a defensive robot that has some part of it over the goal line and in the "in goal" area.  For the CQ junior competition, this rule will be ignored, but if a robot is deemed “stuck” in the goal area, it will be asked to be move within giving the defending team an advantage and if it keeps going into the goal area, it will be considered a damaged robot and removed (for 1 minute or until a goal is scored).
  • 4.7.8 - To make this category simpler, as many of the teams are fairly new to this category, we ignore this rule and simply let the robots move around the field.
  • 4.8 Ball Out of play - as soon as the ball has fully crossed the white line (not just touching it), the ball will be moved to the nearest neutral spot.
  • 14.1 - The CQJRC event will use the following scoring system.  This encourges everyone to have a go, regardless on how good or badly a teams robots perform.  
    • 3 points for a win
    • 2 points for a draw
    • 1 point for a loss
    • 0 points for a no show / forfeit