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This document provides an overview of the Inspector volunteer role, including expectations, skills required, and recommended training. Inspectors are responsible for determining if drones are legal and safe to fly.  Inspectors will also review the safety rules with teams outlined in the competition manual. All teams must pass inspection before competing.

Note: It is common for Head Referee and ScoreKeeper Referees to complete inspections (especially at smaller events)

Skills Needed

  • This role is best served by ages 18 and up
  • Understanding of the drone and safety rules as written in the competition manual (to be released September 7, 2023)
  • Strong communication and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others as a team


  • Conduct inspections to verify the robots comply with the rules and specifications outlined in the competition manual.
  • Use the Inspection Checklist to ensure compliance.
  • Confirm any questionable judgment calls with the Head Referee.
  • Work with teams that are having difficulties to help them pass inspection.
  • Perform re-inspections of teams, as requested by a Head Referee.

Training & Preparation

  • Review the competition manual, paying special attention to The Drone and Safety sections. 
  • Review the Inspection Checklist 
  • Supplies:  Pen, clipboard, Team List, Inspection Checklists, and Game Manual

On Event Day

  • Wear comfortable team-neutral clothing that is appropriate for a school related event, closed toe shoes, and a volunteer shirt (if provided).
  • Sign in at Volunteer Check-in, then report to the Lead Inspector.  If you are the Lead Inspector, report to the Volunteer Coordinator or Event Partner.
  • Report to the inspection table at least 30 minutes prior to team check-in for your event. Refer to the event schedule for exact timing.