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General Clarifications

General clarifications amend or further explain a problem’s limitations without revealing information about a team’s solution. The clarifications below take precedence over limitations listed in the problem and the rules in the Program Guide, so it’s important that teams keep current on all general clarifications issued throughout the year.

Problem 1: Escape vroOM

Date Clarification
Sep 22, 2021 B7e – Electronically pre-programmed: Electronic components which include memory storage are prohibited. Non-memory electronic components which meet Long Term Problem and Program Guide limitations are allowed, when used safely.
Oct 6, 2021 The Problem: The Problem statement includes this wording, “…they discover the mystery behind the room!”. “Behind” references the room’s existence. For example, what the room is, why it exists, how it got there, etc. It does not mean a mystery element that is physically located at the rear or behind the room.
Oct 6, 2021 B7e – Electronically pre-programmed: The general clarification of Sep 22, 2021 applies to all vehicle parts and operations.
Oct 25, 2021 C. Site, Setup, and Competition: Preferred audience seating is not shown in Figure A but when possible seating will be set up perpendicular to the Release Line and Clue Line, allowing the audience to view the vehicle runs.
Dec 20, 2021 C1 – Site, Setup and Competition: The competition area will be a minimum of 24’ x 20’ (7.3m x 6.1m). The vehicle(s) will be measured individually during check-in to see that they meet the 18” x 18” size limitation.
Dec 20, 2021 B7 – The vehicle: Teams are allowed to add or remove components from vehicles prior to attempting tasks. All vehicle configurations must be presented and reviewed during check-in for size limits.
Dec 20, 2021 B9 – Operating the vehicle: Two different propulsion systems must be used for required scoring runs and identified on the team list that they are the ones to be scored in D3. Additional propulsion systems may be used for other tasks. Once any propulsion system is used to attempt a task, no other propulsion system may be used for that task.
Jan 17, 2022 E3 – Membership sign: The required membership sign is only required to display membership name and membership number.
Jan 17, 2022 8b5 – Speed bumps:The speed bump may be any length so that the entire vehicle must travel over the maximum 4 inch width.
Feb 3, 2022 If teams are required or choose to wear masks as a COVID precaution during their performance the mask may be decorated. The cost of the mask is exempt from your cost limit, however the cost of decorations added to the mask must be included on the Cost Form. Be sure any decorations do not adversely affect your breathing or the usefulness of the mask. If team members remove their masks during the performance for effect, the team must include the cost of the mask. Note: Please check with your local Tournament Director to verify the rules regarding required and/or allowed types of masks and face coverings at your tournament.

Problem 2: Odyssey ReOMvention

Date Clarification
Sep 14, 2021 F2 – Creative use of paperclips: To qualify as allowed paper clips, they must be available in a commercially produced package that identifies with wording “paper clips.” Binder clips and similar items are not allowed.
Sep 22, 2021 B11b – The two required animal characters: Must be of an existing, non-human animal species and an original character created by the team. For example, a talking rabbit would be acceptable, however a talking rabbit based on a recognizable existing character would not.
Oct 25, 2021 B6 – The original threat: Cannot be an existing threat, or be a threat in a conventionally-known way. However, it could be something that exists but threatens in an original way or threatens a different thing, area, group, etc. The threat must also be self-replicating.
Oct 25, 2021 B6a & B9a – The original threat and its setting: The setting of the threat must be current-day Earth. It may be presented any way the team wishes, but must be tangible and visible to the judges and audience.
Nov 29, 2021 B9 – The Setting: The setting of the threat must be current-Day Earth. Something in or on Earth must be threatened. However, the threat may come from beyond Earth. It may be presented any way the team wishes, but must be tangible and visible to the judges and audience.
Dec 20, 2021 B6d – Self-replicating original threat: The threat itself must cause the addition of more of the same threat, not a team member.
Dec 20, 2021 B11 – The Two Required Animal Characters: Must be different characters from each other but they may either be similar or dissimilar species of animals from each other.
Jan 17, 2022 E3 – Membership sign: The required membership sign is only required to display membership name and membership number.
Jan 17, 2022 B8 – The Hero Character:Is not required to be human. It may not also portray another required character.
Feb 3, 2022 If teams are required or choose to wear masks as a COVID precaution during their performance the mask may be decorated. The cost of the mask is exempt from your cost limit, however the cost of decorations added to the mask must be included on the Cost Form. Be sure any decorations do not adversely affect your breathing or the usefulness of the mask. If team members remove their masks during the performance for effect, the team must include the cost of the mask. Note: Please check with your local Tournament Director to verify the rules regarding required and/or allowed types of masks and face coverings at your tournament.

Problem 3: (Name Here): The Musical Production

Date Clarification
Oct 6, 2021 B6b – Better remembered in history: The performance does not need to be historically accurate, but the accomplishments of the historic figure must be historically accurate. Note that placing the accurate accomplishments in a history different from reality may impact the overall effectiveness of the solution, depending on how it’s depicted.
Oct 25, 2021 B10b – The creative scene change: Set pieces used after the scene change must have been visible and used as a set piece in the first scene to qualify for use. For example, a backdrop that was in a box in the first scene would not be allowed as a set piece in the second scene.
Nov 9, 2021 B7 – The selected lesser-known historic figure character: This person must not only be someone not well-remembered in history but must have achievements or actions that merit great recognition through time.
Dec 20, 2021 B10b – The creative scene change: set pieces visibly used in a prior scene may be manipulated by the team in order to be used after the scene change. The scenes scored for the change must be consecutive. They may appear at any time and do not have to be the first and second scenes.
Jan 17, 2022
UPDATED Mar 1, 2022
E3 – Membership sign: The required membership sign is only required to display membership name, membership number, and the title of the biographical musical.
Feb 3, 2022 If teams are required or choose to wear masks as a COVID precaution during their performance the mask may be decorated. The cost of the mask is exempt from your cost limit, however the cost of decorations added to the mask must be included on the Cost Form. Be sure any decorations do not adversely affect your breathing or the usefulness of the mask. If team members remove their masks during the performance for effect, the team must include the cost of the mask. Note: Please check with your local Tournament Director to verify the rules regarding required and/or allowed types of masks and face coverings at your tournament.
Mar 1, 2022 B8 & B8b- The three required songs in the musical: To qualify for score, songs must have music with lyrics, as defined in the Program Guide glossary. Each song must also have some portion of music and lyrics performed live to qualify for score. Presenting only prerecorded music does not count as performing live.

Problem 4: Matryoshka Structure

Date Clarification
Sep 22, 2021 D4a – Reassembled into one: After being disassembled, the two parts of the Matryoska structure must be reassembled into their original configuration.
Oct 6, 2021 B6h – The Matryoshka Structure: Must contain all the nested items and the tiny character before time begins. It will move as one when assembled and nested and must remain nested if it is turned sideways and upside down. (The word “when” in the original limitation has been changed to “if.”)
Oct 25, 2021 B12c – The tiny character nested inside the smallest structure: Will be portrayed by a team member in costume in the performance. The team member may not operate the tiny character.
Nov 9, 2021 B10b – Nested structures: Nested structures must be made of only balsa wood and glue but do not have to follow sizing rules as described in B7b & c.
Jan 17, 2022 E3 – Membership sign: The required membership sign is only required to display membership name and membership number.
Feb 3, 2022 If teams are required or choose to wear masks as a COVID precaution during their performance the mask may be decorated. The cost of the mask is exempt from your cost limit, however the cost of decorations added to the mask must be included on the Cost Form. Be sure any decorations do not adversely affect your breathing or the usefulness of the mask. If team members remove their masks during the performance for effect, the team must include the cost of the mask. Note: Please check with your local Tournament Director to verify the rules regarding required and/or allowed types of masks and face coverings at your tournament.
Feb 7, 2022 C12 – Site, Setup, and Competition: The team is allowed to touch and adjust the structure while placing the Crusher Board on it and while placing the first weight onto the Crusher Board. They are not allowed to touch the structure afterwards unless it removes the weights.

Problem 5: Life is a Circus!

Date Clarification
Nov 29, 2021 B10c1 – Make something seem to appear from nowhere: For this problem, “appear from nowhere,” means to make something appear seemingly from no obvious location or source. It does not mean to be revealed from hiding.
Dec 20, 2021 B13a – The Mysterious Figure: Must appear in the Circus World before it appears in the real world.
Jan 17, 2022 E3 – Membership sign: The required membership sign is only required to display membership name and membership number.
Jan 17, 2022 B13 – The mysterious figure: Must be a character, as defined in the Program Guide glossary.
Feb 2, 2022 Spirit of the Problem, B6c, B11b, &B14b – The young person character: Must suddenly realize they are in a circus world, which includes but is not limited to waking up.
Feb 3, 2022 If teams are required or choose to wear masks as a COVID precaution during their performance the mask may be decorated. The cost of the mask is exempt from your cost limit, however the cost of decorations added to the mask must be included on the Cost Form. Be sure any decorations do not adversely affect your breathing or the usefulness of the mask. If team members remove their masks during the performance for effect, the team must include the cost of the mask. Note: Please check with your local Tournament Director to verify the rules regarding required and/or allowed types of masks and face coverings at your tournament.