2018-2019: Turning Point
Every year at the end of VEX Worlds held in April, the new game is revealed, and this year’s game is: Turning Point. This game is played on a 12’×12’ square field with two alliances, blue and red, with each alliance composed of two teams. The teams compete in matches consisting of a fifteen second autonomous period, followed by a one minute and forty-five second driver control period. The objective of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by flipping caps, shootings balls, turning flags, putting caps on posts, and parking.
There are eight 8 Caps, 6 Posts, 9 Flags, 20 Balls, 2 Alliance Platforms, and 1 Center Platform on the field. Caps can give you low scores when flipped of the floor as well as a high score if put on posts. Flags can be toggled by a ball on the top for higher scores and the bottoms flags can be toggled by the robots for lower points. Although there is a rule that the top flags can only be turned by shooting balls. Parking on 1 of the 2 alliance platforms will give you low points and the center platform will give you higher points. Bonus points are awarded to the alliance that has the most total points at the end of the autonomous period. Alliance whose colour is facing up at the end of the match along with the autonomous period point wins the match.
Although the team with the most amount of points wins the match, it is not just about one match; every match counts at a tournament. At each tournament, each team plays four to seven matches and, by the end of the day, the top sixteen ranked teams choose a partner, forming alliances to compete in the elimination tournament. The alliances compete against one another, and they must win one round to move forward into quarter-finals, semi-finals or finals. Eventually, there are four alliances competing against one another in the semi-finals, and then the two winning alliances compete. The priority for most teams at each tournament is to compete in finals or semi-finals or win an award which would qualify them for Provincials.