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2012 FRC Game Challenge-Rebound Rumble

This year, robots play basketball. Confused? Here’s a better explaination:

2012 Challenge: Rebound Rumble

The Rebound RumbleSM robotics game is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the 2-minute and 15-second match.

Each match starts off with a 15-second hybrid period, in which teams must control the robot by acting out preset commands in front of an Xbox 360 Kinect, or simply use a pre-programmed sequence. At the end of the hybrid period, the tele-operated period begins, in which the drivers are in full control of the robot. During this 2-minute period, teams must gather balls to and shoot them into basketball nets to score. Balls scored in higher hoops score teams more points. Teams may also go to a feeder station to collect balls. In the middle of the field, there is a barrier and three bridges that teams must cross to get to the feeder station. The final 15 seconds of the tele-operated period is known as the endgame. During this time, teams may choose to balance on the bridges with another team on their Alliance. Doing this during the elimination matches scores more points than in the qualification matches. Alliances are awarded bonus points if they are balanced on bridges at the end of the match. In matches where opponent Alliances work together to balance on the white bridge (the one in the middle), all participating teams earn additional valuable seeding points.

Still confused? Maybe the Rebound Rumble Official Game Video will help:

Check out our Resources page to find more information about this year's game.

Want a tour of the field? Check out these videos.
(There is no 'Episode 1'. FIRST stated: "While we love this whole series, we decided not to publish Episode 1 because the animated character was exasperating and seemed like a merchandising opportunity.")

Field Tour Episode 2: Driver Station

Field Tour Episode 3: Baskets and the Pieces that Love Them.

Field Tour Episode 4: Special Court Areas

Field Tour Episode 5: Bridges

Field Tour Episode 6: Microsoft Kinect Stations


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