General Event Details:

  • Friday March 29th - 5pm-9pm
    • Team check-in and safety inspection slots available.
    • Turn in documentation binder for review / scoring
    • Team interviews slots available.
  • Saturday March 30th - 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 - $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.

2019 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:

National Fluid Power Association

Saint 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.