General Event Details:

  • Friday March 27th - 5pm-9pm
    • Team check-in and safety inspection slots available.
    • Turn in documentation binder for review / scoring
    • Team interviews slots available.
  • Saturday March 28th - COMPETITION DAY!
    • 8am-11:30am - Safety inspection and team interviews
    • 12 pm - Competition Begins!
  • Double elimination bracket style tournament
  • Battles will last 3 minutes or until a team surrenders
    • Judged on Aggression / Control / Damage
  • Overall Scoring - Grand Champion:
    • Battle Performance - 50 points (Top points awarded to 1st place team with decreasing points for each subsequent position)
    • Documentation - 10 points
    • Team Interview - 10 points (Looking for full team participation and knowledge of the bot build)

Awards Given:

  • Grand Champion - $1,000
  • Battle Winner, Runner Up, Third Place (Team trophy and participant medals)
  • Best Documentation Award - $500


NRL Innovation Award Details: 

Winning innovations should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Quality: The innovation increases engineering quality of the Bot.
  • Efficiency: The innovation contributes to more efficient Bot building processes.
  • Cost Effectiveness: The innovation adds value to the Bot building process while containing or reducing costs.
  • Replication: The innovation is easy to replicate by other teams.
  • Creativity: The innovation is original and creative.
  • Timeliness: The innovation has not been used by the team in the past.


Be sure to bring the following items with you:
1. Safety glasses for everyone who will be in the pit area
2. Extension cord and multi-plug or power strip for your pit table
3. Wood block for working on your bot in the pit
4. Personal tools


Competition Resources

Team Resource Guide - Great info on building a bot with a plan.

Competition Rules and Regulations - Of course there are rules!

NRL Technical Regulations - specific details of what your bot must/can/cannot have.

Safety Checklists - Includes both a functional and internal inspection.

Documentation Details - Details what your binder should include and will be scored on.

NRL Participant Waiver - Required for all team members and must be signed by parents/guardians prior to arrival.


Bot Build Kits:

Depco Gears Heavy Metal Chassis Kit

There are many DIY kits available for teams looking for a more custom kit.


Team Finances/Assistance:

Gene Haas Foundation

Paulo Heat Treating - They will heat treat parts at no charge to the team.


Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors:

St. Louis NTMA Chapter

NTMA National



Ready to get started? Here's information about the kit you'll need to build your bot for BotsSTL.  You'll want part number GRS1020T. The cost is $1000 plus $20 shipping. This purchase includes the curriculum package with project construction, which is advised for first time users.

You can find the credit card order form HERE.