Starting in the 2021-22 school year, students all across West Virginia will have the opportunity to select Robotics as a recognized co-curricular activity by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. This new classification enables recognition and parity for robotics programs to thousands of students.
WVSSAC Robotics teams will play a modified version of the VEX Robotics Competition game, with changes made only to the eligibility rules and tournament structure. This format will enable high schools with existing VRC teams to add WVSSAC robotics without needing to purcase any additional parts or equipment.
Although VRC and WVSSAC Robotics share the same game, WVSSAC Robotics is a separate program which will take place in parallel to the existing VRC season. Schools will be able to hold meets in the fall, winter, and spring, with the season culminating in the WVSSAC Robotics State Championship event in April.
The 2023 WVSSAC Robotics State Championship is tentatively scheduled for April 15, 2023 on the campus of Fairmont State University.
Current Game: Tipping Point
WVSSAC Robotics events use the same gameplay and scoring rules as the VEX Robotics Competition, with modifications to team rules and the tournament format. The VRC Tipping Point field comprises 72 rings, 7 mobile goals, and two platforms. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by scoring rings in or on mobile goals, moving mobile goals to your alliance's designated zone, and by balancing robots and/or mobile goals on the platform at the end of the match.
The WV Robotics Alliance coordinates with schools, universities, and other partners to provide equipment, staffing, and support for local events throughout the state, which are generally held between November and April. The WV Robotics Alliance also coordinates the WVSSAC Robotics State Championship, which is held in April at Fairmont State University.
In addition, we provide equipment and training to start new WVSSAC Robotics teams through our Robotics Expansion Project.
WVSSAC Robotics is administrated by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Comission, which is the governing body for high school sports and co-curricular activities in West Virginia, in colaboration with the WV Robotics Alliance and other parties.
Official rules for WVSSAC Robotics will be made available subject to final approval by secondary principals and the West Virginia Board of Education.
For more information about getting involved in WVSSAC Robotics, contact us: