The FRC Kickoff for the "Rack 'n' Roll" challenge was from 10:00 - 11:30am, Saturday January 6th 2007.  The six week build season has now begun!  It was great to hear from so many of the leaders in FIRST!

Challenge documentation is at  The manual encryption code is "7sBg8H4x2f3R9C3tm5".

The 2007 "Rack 'n' Roll" challenge animation and the kickoff video webcast by NASA can be accessed at

A brief description of the challenge: Rack ‘n’ Roll is played on a 54’x26’ 8” field with a center structure Rack containing 24 “spider legs”, by two (2) three-team alliances, using three different types of toroidal tubes called “Keepers”, “Ringers”, and “Spoilers”. 

The game is made up of two scoring periods. The first period is “Autonomous” (the robots run without driver control) lasting 15 seconds. In the autonomous period robots try to place a “Keeper” tube on one of the spider legs of the Rack using a color vision tracking system to find one of the four target lights at the top of the rack. Once placed, a “Keeper” tube may not be removed or “Spoiled”.

During the second period (2 minutes) the robots are driver controlled. In this period the teams will attempt to score more points by using the robots to add “Ringers” onto the spider legs or by “Spoiling” the opposing teams score by placing a black tube over the “Ringer”. Points are earned and scored exponentially by the number of consecutive Ringers and Keepers in a column or row.  Only the tube on the front of the spider leg will count towards the overall score.

Alliances may score additional points if, by the end of the match, their robots are in their home zone and have been lifted off the floor by 4” or more by another robot before the final buzzer sounds.

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"Rack 'n' Roll" challenge

Field of play from the animation

"Rack 'n' Roll" challenge

Field of play diagram

"Rack 'n' Roll" challenge

Field of play areas

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The scoring rack

"Rack 'n' Roll" challenge

Rings - Ringers, Keepers and Spoilers

"Rack 'n' Roll" challenge

The Alliance Zone

Explanation of Game Pieces:

Red or Blue w/lettering Red or Blue w/out lettering Black
Keeper Ringer Spoiler

Robot Height/Weight

Class I II III
Height 48" 60" 72"
Weight 120 lbs. 110 lbs. 100 lbs.

Scoring Table (pieces of same color, in  a row)

Game Pieces 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Point Value 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256

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