March 22, 2018

Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatoon Campus

Are you in high school and ready for a robotic challenge? Join high school students from around the province to compete in the 10th annual Robot Rumble at Sask Polytech in Saskatoon.

We provide the SUMObot kits. You build and program the 'bot.

Face-off in the ring and win! At the competition, you'll compete in the ring against another student-built SUMObot. The robot that stays in the ring the longest wins. You could win prizes and Sask Polytech tuition credit. Check with your high school to get involved and enter your team in January.

Key Dates

  1. Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - School and Team Registration opens
  2. Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - School Registration closes
  3. Friday, February 16, 2018  - Team Registration closes
  4. Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Robot Rumble event in the gym at Sask Polytech, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr., 1130 Idylwyld Dr N. Get directions.

Check out the competitions on Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter using the hashtag #RobotRumble!

Learn more about careers in electronics and other Sask Polytech programs from the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing.

Prizes

Rules & Resources

Event Rules

Team Requirements

Each team will consist of two grade 9 - 12 students and one robot.

Team members must be Saskatchewan high school students registered in grades 9 - 12.

Each school is allowed to register 2 teams. Additional teams may be submitted for registration, and will be accepted based on availability of space. Additional team acceptance will be prioritized on a first come, first served basis. Notifications of acceptance for your additional teams will be sent starting February 1.

Robot Kit Distribution

Sask Polytech distributes 25 robot kits each year. The robot kits will be distributed upon receipt of the high schools' completed registration form. Schools that have not participated previously will be shown preference provided they apply by the school registration deadline date. After this date, kits will be distributed in the order registrations are received until all kits have been allocated.

Each high school will be provided one robot kit at no charge provided the school sends at least one team that registers to compete. Each kit contains two robots, which means each school could send two teams. If the school does not send a team to compete, the school can pay $280 for the kit or return it to Saskatchewan Polytechnic unopened.

Robot Requirements

Modifications to robots will be allowed provided these modifications adhere to the rules specified in Section 6: Robot Requirements and Section 8: Compliance of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Sumo Robot Competition Rules. Saskatchewan Polytechnic will not provide extra parts for modifications.

If time permits, robots may be reprogrammed between matches. Teams will supply their own equipment for reprogramming.

Please review the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Sumo Robot Competition Rules

Rules and regulations for the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Robot Rumble sumo wrestling robot competition. The competition format, team description and the definition of the competition area are included.

Section 1: Tournament Structure

Registration

  • Teams register upon arrival at Saskatchewan Polytechnic on the morning of the competition.
  • A flag will be supplied for each robot that identifies the robot's number, name and school.
  • A tamper proof label identifying the robot's number will be attached to the robot.
  • Both the flag and sticker must remain on the robot for the duration of the competition.

Qualification Round

  • Team will be assigned to a pool. Each pool will contain 7 to 12 robots based on registration numbers and determined by the Head Judges.
  • All teams in each pool will challenge the other teams in the pool in round robin format.
  • The morning schedule for each team will be provided at registration.
  • Matches in the qualification round will start at 10:00 a.m.
  • If a team does not show up for the competition all matches involving that team will be forfeited during the qualification round.
  • The top teams from each pool will move to the semi-final round and the remaining teams will be assigned to the consolation round. The number of teams from each pool that will advance to the semifinal round from each pool will be determined by the head judges before the competition registration.
  • There will be a break after the qualification round for lunch and a tour of the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology and Electronic Technician program facilities at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Semi-final Round

  • Semifinalists will be assigned to one of four pools.
  • All teams in each pool will challenge the other teams in the pool in round robin format.
  • One winner of each pool will advance to the final round.

Consolation Round

Consolation Final

  • The winners of the consolation round will play off in a single elimination consolation final to determine the consolation winner.

Final Round

  • The winners of the semi-final rounds will compete in a single elimination final round.
  • Places for the teams in the final round will be determined by a random draw.
  • Final round play will determine first place, second place and third place for the tournament.

Section 2: Match Principles

Robot rumble sumo ring
  • The winner of each match is determined by the best two out of three battles.
  • Each battle lasts for a maximum of three minutes.
  • Matches are scheduled at three minute intervals.
  • It has been our experience that battles rarely last longer than one minute.
  • The time scheduled for each match will be used as a guideline.
  • Judges may adjust the time that each match starts.
  • One representative of each team will bring their robot into the competition area.
  • Judges will verify the identity of the competing robots.
  • The two competing robots will be placed along the shikiri line with the right wheel of the robot adjacent to the shikiri line.
  • The team representatives will prepare to press the start switch on their robot.
  • The judge will ask the team representatives to push the start switch at the same time.
  • The judge may restart the match if the two robots are not sufficiently synchronized.
  • Participants must back up from the outer edge of the ring before the end of the five second delay.
  • The first robot to fall off the competition surface loses the battle.
  • The winning robot will be awarded one yuko point.
  • The team that scores two yuko points first wins the match.

Section 3: Ties/Stalemates/Exceptions

Judges may decide to restart the battle if:

  • Both robots remain in a clinch with no movement for five seconds.
  • Both robots follow the same orbit or periodic motion for five seconds.
  • It is not clear to the judges that progress in the battle is being made.
  • Both robots fall off the competition surface at the same time and a winner is contested.
  • Judges may declare a winner if:
  • One robot stops moving for more than five seconds.
  • A time limit of three minutes runs out.

Section 4: Judges

Ring Judges

  • Coordinate the play at each ring of the competition.
  • Keep track of the time of each battle.
  • Decide the winner and looser of each battle.
  • May raise concerns about participant or robot conduct during the competition.

Head Judge

  • Supervises the ring judges.
  • Has final decision in any ruling.

Section 5: Determining the Winner of a Qualification Pool

At the end of the qualification round two teams will be selected from each pool to advance to the semi-final round using the following criteria

The most yuko points at the end of the round robin play.
Example:
team A : 18 yuko
team B : 16 yuko
team C : 15 yuko
teams A and B would advance to the semi-finals.

In the event of a tie for first or second place the winner will be decided using the following methods in order:

The most yuko points from the matches involving the tied teams.

Example:
team A : 18 yuko
team B : 16 yuko
team C : 16 yuko
team D : 16 yuko
teams B, C & D are tied for second place.

Consider only the matches between teams B, C & D.

  • if team C beat both team B and D, team C earns 4 yuko.
  • if team B beat team D, team B earns 2 yuko.
  • team D would have zero for these matches.

Therefore, team C would advance to the semi-final round.

The most yuko points from the matches involving the other teams minus the points scored by opponents in those matches.

Reconsider example 2.1.1.1 above:
team A : 18 yuko
team B : 16 yuko
team C : 16 yuko
team D : 16 yuko

there is a tie between teams B, C & D.

using rule 2.1 the tie would not be resolved.

scores for the games fought:
team B vs C 2 : 1
team C vs D 2 : 1
team D vs B 2 : 0
team B scores 2 – 1 = 1
team C scores 2 – 1 = 1
team D scores 2

team D advances to the semi-final round.

Single elimination play between the tied teams scheduled by the head judge.

Section 6: Robot Requirements

  • Robots can be built using the parts supplied in the kit by following the instructions included with the kit.
  • Physical modifications or additions to the robots are permitted for this competition.
  • Robots must include a start switch.
  • Robots shall not move until five seconds after their start switch is pressed.
  • A robot must:
    • weigh less than 500 grams.
    • fit in a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube at the start of a battle.
  • A robot may expand after the start of a match.
  • Robots shall not separate into pieces during a match.
  • Robot parts, with a total mass of less than 5 grams, may fall off a robot during a match.
  • A robot is not allowed to intentionally expel any liquids, solids or gases.
  • Robots may be reprogrammed between matches.
  • Teams will supply their own equipment for reprogramming.
  • Robots may not be reprogrammed between battles.
  • You may not change the robots batteries between battles.
  • Robots may not employ devices or methods intended to interfere with sensors of the competition.
  • Robots shall not use parts that inflict damage to the ring or the opponent's robot.
  • Robots shall not attempt to stick to the ring.
  • Judges may place a robot on a piece of paper to test for violations to this rule.
  • If the paper lifts when the robot is picked up, the robot will be disqualified.

Section 7: Teams

  • A team consists of a robot and a group of students in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12.
  • Only one team member shall enter the competition area and place the robot on the ring.
  • There will be a maximum of 120 teams in the Robot Rumble competition.

Section 8: Compliance

Robot on scale
  • All robots will be weighted on the following scale at registration. All robots must be under 500 grams.
  • Judges will weight each winning robot after each of the competition matches.

All robots must fit inside the 10cm x 10cm X 10cm cube at registration and at the start of each battle.

Judges have the right to apply the cube at any time during the competition.

Section 9: Competition Area

Competition area
  • The match shall be fought by two teams within the perimeter of the defined sumo ring.
  • The ring is a black circular area 72 cm in diameter.
  • The ring is surrounded by a 2.5 cm wide white border or Tawara.
  • An empty space of at least 50 cm wide will surround the Tawara.
Inner competition area

Resources

Posters

SumoBot Information

Pololu Robotics and Electronics

The 27402 SumoBot Robot Competition Kit by Parallax allows you to build and program two high-quality SumoBot robots designed to wrestle in the mini-sumo competition ring.(included in the kit).

Event History

In March 2009, Saskatchewan Polytechnic introduced the Robot Rumble SUMObot Challenge. The event was a smashing success. With $11,000 in tuition money and iPods up for grabs, electronics programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon hosted more than 160 high school students for their first-ever SUMObot robotic competition.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic provided the schools with a robot kit that contained enough parts for two SUMO robots. High school teachers worked with their students to build, program and test their robots.

At the ninth competition in March of 2017, almost 200 students from forty-nine high schools across Saskatchewan registered for the competition.

Sask Polytech's Robot Rumble competition gives high school students, working in teams of two, the chance to demonstrate their problem-solving skills, technical knowledge of electronics and teamwork as they competed against other students from across the province.

Similar to traditional Japanese sumo wrestling matches, two SUMObots face-off against each other in a ring. The goal is to stay in the ring while pushing the opposing robot out of the ring. The robot that stays in the ring the longest wins the match. The top prize for the competition was a $1,500 entrance award and an iPod Touch for each team member.

While the focus of the event is the competition, students also have the chance to tour Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, such as electronics programs. Students will gain knowledge of potential careers in the field of electronics and telecommunications.

Sask Polytech electronics grads work with business, industry and government employers in areas such as manufacturing, communications, resource processing and consulting.

2017 Winners

First place

James Thiessen and Brett Gunther
Yorkton Regional High School, Yorkton, SK

Prize: $1,500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, a Samsung Galaxy Tab A and $150 cash each.

Second place

Michael King
Lumsden High School, Lumsden, SK

Prize: $1,000 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats 2 In-Ear Headphones and $100 cash each.

Third place

Jace Roy and Joseph Desjarlais
Rossingnol High School, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK

Prize: $500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, Monster SuperStar BackFloat Bluetooth speaker and $50 cash each.

2016 Winners

First place

Matthew Breitkreuz, Blake Chiasson and their robot “Blew”
Yorkton Regional High School, Yorkton, SK

Prize:$1,500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, a Samsung Galaxy Tab A and $150 cash each.

Second place

Jordan Lau, Isaac Poirier and their robot “Rocky Botboa”
Indian Head High School, Indian Head, SK

Prize: $1,000 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, Beats Solo2 headphones and $100 cash each.

Third place

Craig Hewko, Hunter LeDrew and their robot “Monte”
Neilburg Composite School, Neilburn, SK

Prize: $500 tuition credit to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program in the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, Monster SuperStar BackFloat Bluetooth speaker and $50 cash each.

Previous Competitors

City High School
Annaheim Annaheim School
Arborfield Arborfield School
Avonlea Avonlea School
Balcarres Balcarres Community School
Balgonie Greenall High School
Beauval Valley View School
Birch Hills Birch Hills School
Borden Borden School
Bruno Bruno Central School
Buffalo Narrows Twin Lakes School
Canora Canora Composite School
Canora Invermay School
Canwood Canwood Community School
Carnport Caronport High School
Carrot River Carrot River High School
Choiceland William Mason School
Churchbridge Churchbridge Public School
Clearwater River Clearwater River Dene School
Colonsay Colonsay School
Cumberland House Charlebois Community School
Cut Knife Cut Knife High School
Dalmeny Dalmeny High School
Dillon Buffalo River School
Edam Edam H. Hardcastle School
Estevan Estevan Comprehensive School
Flin Flon MB Hapnot Collegiate
Fort Qu'Appelle Bert Fox Community High School
Glentworth Glentworth School
Gravelbourg Ecole secondair College Mathieu
Gravelbourg Gravelbourg High
Green Lake St. Pascal Community School
Gronlid Gronlid Central School
Gull Lake Gull Lake School
Hafford Hafford Central School
Hudson Bay Hudson Bay Composite High School
Humboldt Humboldt Collegiate Institute
Indian Head Indian Head High School
Ile-a-la Crosse Rossignol High School
Invermay Invermay School
Kerrobert Kerrobert Composite School
Kinistino Kinistino School
La Loche La Loche Community School
Lake Lenore Lake Lenore School
Landis Landis School
Lloydminster Lloydminster Comprehensive HS
Loreburn Loreburn Central School
Lumsden Lumsden High School
Luseland Luseland School
Marengo Wescliffe Composite School
Martensville Martensville High School
Maymont Maymont Central School
Meadow Lake Carpenter High School
Meath Park Meath Park School
Melville Melville Comprehensive High School
Middle Lake Three Lakes School
Moose Jaw A.E. Peacock Collegiate
Moose Jaw Central Collegiate
Moose Jaw Vanier Collegiate
Neilburg Neilburg Composite School
Nipawin L.P.Miller
Outlook Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute (LCBI)
Paradise Hill Paradise Hill School
Patuanak St. Louis School
Perdue Perdue School
Pinehouse Minahik Waskahigan School
Porcupine Plain Porcupine Plain Comprehensive School
Preeceville Preeceville School
Prince Albert Carlton Comprehensive High School
Prince Albert Prince Albert Collegiate Institute
Punnichy Punnichy Community High School
Raymore Raymore School
Regina Balfour Collegiate
Regina Campbell Collegiate
Regina F. W. Johnson Collegiate
Regina Sheldon Williams Collegiate
Regina Thom Collegiate
Regina Winston Knoll Collegiate
Regina Dr. Martin LeBoldus
Regina Michael A. Riffel High School
Rosthern Almightyvoice Education Centre
Rosthern Rosthern High School
Sandy Bay Hector Thiboutot Community School
Saskatoon Aden Bowman Collegiate
Saskatoon E.D. Feehan Catholic High School
Saskatoon Bishop James Mahoney High School
Saskatoon Centennial High School
Saskatoon Mount Royal
Saskatoon Oksayak High School
Saskatoon Evan Hardy Collegiate
Saskatoon Marion Graham Collegiate
Saskatoon Tommy Douglas Collegiate
Saskatoon Walter Murray Collegiate
Shaunavon Shaunavon High School
Shellbrook Sturgeon Lake Central School
Southey Robert Southey School
St. Brieux St. Brieux School
St. Louis St. Louis Community School
St. Walburg St. Walburg School
Stanley Mission Keethanow High School
Swift Current Swift Current Comprehensive High School
Tisdale Tisdale Middle & Secondary School
Val Marie Val Marie School
Vanguard Vanguard Community School
Warman Warman High School
Watrous Winston High School
Weyburn Weyburn Comprehensive High School
Whitewood Whitewood School
Wilcox Notre Dame College
Wilkie McLurg High School
Yorkton Yorkton Regional High School
Zenon Park Ecole Notre-Dame-Des-Vertus

Register

Registration opens January 2, 2018!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor - $5000

None available

The following sponsorship recognition would be provided.

  • Presenting Sponsor's name to be linked to the event name
    • If confirmed prior to October 23rd, Presenting Sponsor's logo to appear on electronic and print information sent to all Saskatchewan high schools throughout Saskatchewan.
    • If confirmed after October 23rd, Presenting Sponsor's logo to appear on all electronic and print material following the confirmation of the sponsorship. A period of 15 working days following confirmation of the sponsorship must be allowed in order to incorporate the Presenting Sponsor' logo into the material
  • Opportunity to address participants at the campus prior to the competition's commencing
  • Presenting Sponsor's logo to appear on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Facebook events page and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic webpage advertising the event.
  • Presenting Sponsor's logo to appear prominently on the t-shirts provided to student participants
  • Up to 5 invitations to competitors' luncheon.
  • Opportunity to include products, items and materials in all participant registration kits
  • The Presenting Sponsor's name and logo to appear on signage at the event.
  • Presenting Sponsor is given the opportunity to provide representation of their organization to act as judges at the competitions, or to assist in on-site organization.
  • Opportunity to display two banners at the event.
  • Opportunity to display corporate products and/or services at the campus during the event.
  • First right of refusal for Presenting Sponsorship for two years following the first year of partnership.

Participating Sponsorship - $3,500

Two available

The following sponsorship recognition would be provided.

  • Campus sponsorship's logo to appear on electronic and print materials, excluding the competition poster, sent to all schools attending the competition (A period of 15 working days following confirmation of the sponsorship must be allowed in order to incorporate the partner's logo in the material.)
  • Campus sponsorship's logo to appear on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Facebook events page and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic webpage advertising the event.
  • Opportunity to address participants prior to competition.
  • Participating Sponsorship's name to appear on signage at the event on the campus
  • Up to 5 invitations to the competitors' luncheon.
  • Participating Sponsor is given the opportunity to provide representatives of their organization to act a judges at the competitions, or to assist in on-site organization. If participating as judges, Saskatchewan Polytechnic will provide training to the sponsor's volunteers.
  • Opportunity to display one banner at the campus during the event.
  • Opportunity to display corporate products and/or services at the campus during the event.
  • Opportunity to include products, items and materials in all participant registration kits.
  • First right of refusal for luncheon sponsorship for two years following the first year of partnership.

Luncheon Sponsorship - $2,500

One available

The following sponsorship recognition would be provided.

  • Luncheon sponsor's logo to appear on electronic and print materials, excluding the competition poster, sent to all schools attending the competition. (A period of 15 working days following confirmation of the partnership must be allowed in order to incorporate the partner's logo into the material.)
  • Luncheon sponsor's logo to appear on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Facebook events page and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic webpage advertising the event.
  • Luncheon sponsor's name to appear on signage at the luncheon on the campus with which they are partnering.
  • Opportunity to address the competitors' luncheon at the campus. (Please note: Lunch is staggered in 2 or 3 groups depending upon the number of competitors.)
  • 5 invitations to the competitors' luncheon at the campus.
  • Luncheon sponsor given the opportunity to provide representatives of their organization to act as judges at the competitions, or to assist in on-site organization. If participating as judges, Saskatchewan Polytechnic will provide training to the sponsor's volunteers.
  • Opportunity to display one banner at the luncheon on the campus during the event.
  • Opportunity to display corporate products and/or services at the luncheon on the campus during the event.
  • First right of refusal for luncheon sponsorship for two years following the first year of partnership.

Robot Sponsorship - $1,000

The following sponsorship recognition would be provided.

  • Robot Sponsor's logo to appear on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Facebook events page and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic webpage advertising the event.
  • Opportunity to display one banner on the campus during the event.
  • 2 invitations to the competitors' luncheon.
  • Robot Sponsor is given the opportunity to provide representatives of their organization to act as judges at the competitions, or to assist in on-site organization. If participating as judges, Saskatchewan Polytechnic will provide training to the sponsor's volunteers
  • First right of refusal for school partnership for two years following the first year of partnership

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