Engaging Your Team

One of the goals of Live Remote Tournament gameplay is to give teams opportunities to play in exciting cooperative matches while being able to maintain physical isolation from one another. Every LRT event is automatically live streamed via a YouTube link found on the event’s information page on RobotEvents.com. Sharing that link will allow spectators to follow along with the event with a slight delay from the live event. Teams should use the LRT system for video and audio in their match, and NOT the delayed livestream.

Teams will be participating from public venues such as gymnasiums, but also classrooms, homes, garages, libraries, and many other non-traditional event locations. Teams should test their camera setup early and be aware of what is visible in their backgrounds. Many teams may choose to include banners, team signs, or other appropriate decorations around their event space. Teams are encouraged to have fun and show their team spirit!

Please be mindful of any health and safety regulations in your area. The health and safety of all participants should be top priority for every team.

Technology Requirements

Note: All equipment should be set up and dedicated to a single team in the tournament. Teams are unable to share equipment with this format. Please refer to the LRT Field and Technology Inspection Checklist for VRC.

Technology & Equipment Requirements

  • Active and paid team registration on RobotEvents.com
  • Full competition field and game elements (VRC)
  • Computer solely dedicated to using the Live Remote Tournament platform on RobotEvents.com by a single team
  • Up to date version of Chrome web browser installed with ‘Experimental Web Platform Features” enabled
  • Internet access
    • It is recommended teams used a wired ethernet connection whenever possible
  • External USB webcam (720p or higher resolution) that can be set up to provide a full view of the field and alliance station
  • Tripod or other device to hold the camera in place
  • V5 Robot with updated firmware
  • Micro USB to USB cable to connect robot controller to computer
    • Teams may wish to use a long (10-12 foot) cord for more flexibility in computer
      and camera placement
  • An additional monitor or TV screen/projector for viewing your alliance partner and Event Chat from the driver station

Safety Note: Like an in-person event, Teams must ensure that they can set up their equipment and field safely in accordance with the Game Manual and Safety Rule <S1>. All cables should be taped down to prevent tripping hazards, and the setup for all electronics must maintain the safety of participants as a top priority.

Best Practices

To ensure the quality of each LRT event, we currently recommend teams adhere to the following guidelines when logging in at remote.robotevents.com and participating in an LRT:

  • Open a new ‘Incognito Window’ when logging in at remote.robotevents.com.
  • Teams should not have any additional programs or services running on their laptop, especially alternative video chatting services (e.g., Skype, Discord, Google Meets).
  • Teams should be aware of the lighting in the room they plan to participate from. Poor field lighting can hinder event volunteers in remote scoring fields. Windows and off-color light sources should be avoided.
  • It is recommended that teams have enough slack in their camera connection to prevent the unintended movement of the camera, using a 10 foot or less USB extension cable.
  • External speakers may help your team hear match sounds and referee/announcer instructions clearly from the driver’s station.

Field Setup for VRC

Field & Camera Setup

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This view shows the general area and orientation of a team’s camera for an LRT. Notice that the red alliance starts on the left side of the camera shot, and the blue alliance starts on the right side of the camera shot.

  • Team’s camera must be placed on the “audience side” of the field, with the Red Alliance Station on the left side of the screen & the Blue Alliance Station on the right of the remote webcam feed.
  • The Driver(s), Robot, Controller, and complete & unobstructed competition field including the field perimeter must always remain on camera during the match.
    • A starting recommendation is to place your web camera 7 feet back from the field and 7 feet above the level of the field, but the exact camera placement is dependent on your camera and setup.
  • Game Elements should be properly set up in accordance with the current Game Manual.  Game elements are always set up the same way no matter which starting position the team is using.
  • Prior to a Match, a Head Referee will verify each Team’s field layout and request any adjustments as needed. A Team will not be permitted to play in a Match until the Head Referee has approved their field layout; refusal to comply with any requested adjustments in a timely manner may be considered a violation of <G1> at the Head Referee’s discretion.
  • Teams are permitted to construct their own field perimeters for use in LRT events, in accordance with the Non-Standard Field Perimeter Guidelines in Appendix A of the current Game Manual. If using an unofficial field perimeter, Teams may be asked to verify their compliance with the following guidelines as part of the inspection process.
    • Official VRC foam tiles (VEX Robotics SKU 278-1502 or 276-7175) must be
      used.
    • A full set of official Field Elements and Game Elements for the current season must be used.
  • Teams are responsible for setting up their own fields. Please keep a copy of the current field diagram handy for reference and reset your field in a timely manner.

Sample Layout for Camera & Technology

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This image is a sample diagram of the equipment you will need to participate in a Live Remote Tournament.

Labeled items:

  1. Laptop or computer
  2. MicroUSB cable to connect V5 controller to computer
  3. USB extension cable to connect computer to camera if needed
  4. Camera tripod or stand
  5. USB web camera
  6. Large display for viewing the match from the driver’s position
  7. Video cable to connect to a large display