General Event Details:

  • Friday April 20th - 5pm-9pm
    • Team check-in and safety inspection slots available.
    • Turn in documentation binder for review / scoring
    • Team interviews slots available.
  • Saturday April 21st - COMPETITION DAY!
    • 8am-10:30am - Safety inspection and team interviews
    • 11 am - 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 - 40%
    • Documentation - 40%
    • Team Interview - 20% (Looking for full team participation and knowledge of the bot build)

Awards Given:

  • Grand Champion
  • Battle Winner, Runner Up, Third Place
  • Highest placing high school team will receive a Craft Bot 3D printer courtesy of ImageNet Consulting!


Competition Resources

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

2018 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.