Rainbow Rumble 2.0!

We are happy to announce the return of Rainbow Rumble! The FIRST FRC Off-Season event focused on members of the LGBTQIAA+ Community!

July 21st - Set Up and Early Load-In
July 22nd - Qualification Matches
July 23rd - Finish Qualifications and Playoff Matches

Mason High School, 1001 S Barnes St, Mason, MI 48854

Anyone who is a member or ally of the LGBTQIAA+ community! You don’t need to be a member to compete, but you must be an ally to be there!

32 Robots at $300 per robot! $150 for 2nd robots, who will go on a waitlist subject to availability.

There will be scholarships available for rising seniors, with more information on our website soon.

All the information, as well as Team Registration and Volunteer Sign Up can be found on our website. Volunteer slots are filling up fast, and while we would love to accommodate everyone, that will not be possible this year.

Please note: based upon feedback from the community last year, we are working on ways of safely streaming, and allowing for social media at our event this year. This likely will include “keep out zones” for the stream for those looking to not be on stream, as well as some sort of visible way of marking who does not want to have their image posted, and who does not mind. This is still a work in progress for our planning committee, and we take the safety of our participants very seriously.

We are also working on a few rule changes for Rainbow Rumble 2.0, and look forward to announcing those in the coming weeks!


We can’t wait to be there this year!


The planning committee has been humbled by the outpouring of support for our event! At this time volunteer roles have been filled! If you are still interested in volunteering, please sign up, and we will waitlist you into a role should we have people unable to attend.

Please note, the event is open to the public (as all FIRST events are) and we would love to welcome any member of the FIRST community who supports our LGBTQ+ students, especially anyone who wanted to volunteer but didn’t get in in time!

As of today, we have 19 teams signed up, and ready to rainbow rumble! We are so excited to have this event for the second year, and will be announcing rule changes soon. (We got through most of them already, but have 1-2 more to finish details on before we announce)

But, a teaser of things to come :heart::orange_heart::yellow_heart::green_heart::blue_heart::purple_heart::


Y’all, I am so excited for this update.

We are now at 22 teams signed up, with 2 teams on the waitlist (Community/2nd ROBOT)

If you are interested in attending Rainbow Rumble 2023, please make sure you sign up soon! We anticipate having a full event this year.

Time for the Rules Updates!

Rainbow Rumble 2.0 Rule Updates:

Modified LOADING ZONE Tape Lines:

In order to lessen the likelihood of FOULS from G207, we are setting the end of the LOADING ZONE to 16 ft. 1¼ in., in line with the far line of the COMMUNITY.


A RAINBOW LINK BONUS shall be awarded when 6 rainbow colored CONES are placed in proper order (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple), in the CONE NODE columns (both CONE NODES and their associated HYBRID NODES in the column). Only one CONE of each color needs to be in each column, as shown in Figure RR-1 below. These CONES are altered from the standard CHARGED UP CONE in that they are colored (exact method will be determined later, and our goal is that these should not have a substantial effect on weight or other characteristics of the cone. The potential exists, at the discretion of the planning committee, to purchase an alternate cone with similar, but not identical characteristics, if we cannot find an effective method of altering the normal CHARGED UP CONES).

The CONES used for the RAINBOW LINK BONUS will still count as normal scoring objects, and included in scoring as normal. The RAINBOW LINK BONUS will be 1 Ranking Point during qualification matches, and 12 points during PLAYOFF matches.

2 of each new color CONE will be allowed to be introduced only via the HUMAN PLAYER via the SUBSTATIONS. These will be in addition to the standard allotments of yellow CONES from CHARGED UP. TEAMS are not allowed to start with or stage a non-standard CONE for use during AUTONOMOUS.

Figure RR-1





During PLAYOFF matches only, any REFEREE call that would have a CARD issued, will automatically be subject to video review.

Every ALLIANCE will receive a VIDEO REVIEW CHALLENGE COUPON that may be used ONCE during PLAYOFFS, to review any instance of game play that a team feels should have had a CARD issued and was not. Teams must be prepared to give as much detail of the interaction as possible so that it can be easily found in the match, preferably with the team numbers of the teams involved, and approximate time in the match. The CHALLENGE COUPON must be given to the HEAD REFEREE prior to the start of the next ROUND of the Playoff MATCH Bracket as defined in section 11.7.2 of the CHARGED UP manual.

The HEAD REFEREE and any other REFEREES whom the HEAD REFEREE decides, shall review match video. The HEAD REFEREE will be the ultimate authority on any CARD issued, and must be able to determine with certainty that a CARD should either be issued or not issued, else the ruling on the field will stand. We, the planning committee, recognize that not every interaction will be fully visible in the video, and therefore will still be relying on the sight of the REFEREE team to ensure safe and fair play occurs. This is our attempt to reduce the number of CARDS issued during PLAYOFFS that can have a direct effect on who wins an event.


Our intent is to have 8 ALLIANCES of 4 ROBOTS each. These ALLIANCES will be selected like the Championship, 1-8, 8-1, 1-8. No ROBOT is to be forced to play in a match. Should we not have a full complement of 32 teams, a decision will be made on playoff structure by the planning committee on the Friday of the event and communicated to teams at opening ceremonies.

2nd ROBOT:

2nd ROBOTS will be allowed at Rainbow Rumble, at an additional cost of $150/robot/team. 2nd ROBOTS will be placed on the waitlist for the event. We will start moving 2nd ROBOTS off the waitlist on July 1st.

We have been asked about student based community ROBOTS, and we will be allowing these with similar rules to the 2nd ROBOT rules. These ROBOTS must still follow the DRIVE TEAM rules set forth by the CHARGED UP manual (or 2023 high school graduates). These teams will be charged the standard $300, and accepted off the waitlist on July 1st.

For 2nd ROBOTS, please register again using the existing form, with your current team number, and indicate in the Team Name field that it is the second robot.

For community ROBOTS please put 9999 as the team number, and an appropriate team name of your choosing.

The planning committee can’t wait to see you all there!