Battlebots 2017 Rules

Violation of any of the following Rules may Result in Partial or Full Disqualification, as well as Disadvantages during the Tournament.

The Official(s) reserve the right to disqualify partially or fully or add disadvantages for any reason.

Tournament Rules


  1. Each Tournament is composed of Rounds arranged in a bracket
  2. The Bracket is double elimination; If a battlebot is removed from the first bracket, they are placed into the loser's bracket
  3. A Round is a set of three Matches. To win a Round, a battlebot must win two of the three Matches.
  4. Competitors are given 90 seconds to repair their robot or perform maintenance of the like between matches.

Game Rules


  1. All Officials, Competitors, and Spectators must show good sportsmanship and respect to all others involved
  2. Any devices that interfere with wireless communications are prohibited
  3. Battlebots may not intentionally damage the field, other Battlebots, spectators, or anything else
  4. Spectators may not interact with the Battlebots during a match
  5. Operators may interact only their own Battlebot though an approved control method.
  1. Approved control methods include but are not limited to:
  1. Bluetooth
  2. USB cables 8’ or longer
  1. 8’ USB A to B cables will be supplied
  2. Cables are not considered a part of the battlebot, and are not included in size and weight requirements
  3. Cables may not be used to limit the movement of your or other Battlebots
  4. Cables may not interfere with the outcome of the Match
  1. Infrared
  2. Radio
  1. Unapproved control methods include but are not limited to:
  1. Physically manipulating the Battlebot in any way
  1. A Match is when two Battlebots on opposite sides of the field and attempt to push the other off the playing field.
  2. A Match is won when a Battlebot come in contact with in floor supporting the playing field and cannot get back on the playing field
  3. A Match lasts until the match is won or two minutes is over, when an Official may extend or restart  the match or restart it.

Battlebot Rules


  1. Battlebots must not be larger than 18” in any dimension during the entirety of a match
  2. Battlebots must not weigh more than 3 lbs
  3. Battlebots may not contain hazardous substances, including but not limited to:
  1. Lead
  2. Mercury
  3. Radioactive substances
  4. Explosives
  1. Lithium Polymer batteries are allowed, but only if they are handled and used in a safe manner.  Incorrect use puts you at risk of Disqualification
  1. Battlebots may not include any parts intended to harm another Battlebot
  2. Battlebots may not interfere with communications to the other Battlebots
  3. Any electrical power on the Battlebots may not exceed 14v (Legos are ~9v)
  4. No more than 20 A of current may be drawn continuously from the battery
  1. Officials may choose to test the current draw at the battery
  1. Battlebots may not intentionally leave parts on the field
  2. Entanglement devices are prohibited, including but not limited to:
  1. Nets
  2. Loose string or wire
  1. Battlebots may not at any time exert more than 5 lbs of force
  2. Battlebots may not in any way attach themselves to the field
  3. Any liquid is prohibited
  1. With the exceptions of
  1. A small amount of oil for the purpose of lubricating only
  2. The liquid crystals in Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs)