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Rules and conditions

1) The CQ Junior Robotics Competition 2018 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 has 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 http://www.robocupjunior.org.au/soccer 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 (for 2018)

OnStage 2018
  • 2.1.5 Floor coverings only permitted in the Novice division. Experienced and Open divisions are not permitted any floor / stage coverings for their performances. - Within the CQJRC event, we will allow floor coverings in this category.
  • 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.
  • 7.5.1 No remote controls, computers, mobile phones, Bluetooth or IR-emitting devices apart from the robots themselves are permitted within 5 metres of the Performance Area - 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 judges table during the performance and collect it at the end. This would apply for robots such as Dash or Sphero.
Rescue 2018
  • 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".
  • Within the Rescue Line Categories, 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.
  • There will be no debris used, but the water tower obstacle will again be used this year.
  • 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 title, but this will mean no points will be gained for the completion of that particular tile.
  • Log books for the rescue 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 students work (ie, the students did the building and programming themselves).
Soccer 2018
  • WIthin CQJRC, we will only be playing the Leightweight category using the "infrared ball".
  • The CQJRC soccer fields are painted black inside each goal area and not Cyan or yellow.
  • 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.
  • In regards to rule 4.7.8.2 - If the whole of a robot enters the out area (i.e. fully enters the area between the walls and white line), it will be deemed to be damaged (see 4.7.4). Robots must attempt to stay on the playing field at all times. This will not apply if the referee has deemed that the robot has been pushed out by another robot or that the robot has made an attempt to stay on the field of play. If the robot has been pushed out by another robot, the referee may have to slightly push the robot back onto the field at their discretion. Because this is the first year in a while this category is running in the competition, I would like to suggest that we ignore this rule and simply let the robots move around the field.
  • In regards to the rule 4.8 Bll 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.
  • 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 students work (ie, the students did the building and programming themselves).