Seat belt must be secure before the competitor begins.
Time starts when the leading edge of the bucket crosses the starting line. The judge will signal to the competitor if they are ready to run, if at that moment the seat belt is not secure there will be a 50-point penalty added, the judge will then instruct them to secure their seat belt.
The first task is to navigate the machine through the cones to the right where a barricade will be stationed. Behind the barricade is a tennis ball on a cone. The operator must raise the bucket over the top of the barricade and knock off the tennis ball without touching the barricade or cone. Any cone hit with any part of the machine will be a 25-point penalty per hit. Hitting the barricade with any part of the machine is 75 points. Missing the tennis ball is a 50-point penalty.
The second task is to navigate the machine in reverse through the opening directly behind the barricade obstacle. Then proceed forward turning into the three evenly spaced apart barrels obstacle. This will be a slalom maneuver where the machine must be on the right side of the first barrel as it enters this portion of the course. Any cone hit with any part of the machine will be a 25-point penalty per hit.
Hitting a barrel with any part of the machine will be a 50-point penalty per hit. Competitors entering the course on the wrong side will automatically be penalized three-barrel hits at 50 points per, in addition to any other cone or barrel hit while navigating the course in the wrong direction.
Task three is to navigate the machine through the opening on the left side of the course then proceed to reverse the machine into the coned off dock. The back of the machine will need to cross a line that will be painted on the ground before the next task can be started or points will be added. If the back of the machine does not cross the line it will result in a 75-point penalty. Any cone hit with any part of the machine will be a 25-point penalty per hit. Once this is complete the machine will navigate forward and to the right for the last task.
Task four will be to pick up a basketball placed on a cone with the bucket and drop the basketball into a trash can. The cone may be hit in order to get the basketball in the bucket. If the competitor fails to pick up the basketball a 75-point penalty will be added, and the time will stop. A 50-point penalty will be added if the trash can is hit, and a 25-point penalty will be added if the basketball misses the trash can. Once the basketball is dropped into the trash can or hits the ground the time will stop.
Time will be set at 2:30 to complete the course. Any additional time over 2:30 will result in a 1-point per second penalty.
Avoiding any obstacle is an automatic 3:00 time and max points extra per obstacle
To assist with provided time restraints of the competition schedule, competitors will be stopped at the 3:00 mark and 200-point penalty will be added.