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Breakaway is the 2010 game for the FIRST Breakaway is the game for the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition, announced on January 9, 2010. Robots direct soccer balls into goals, overcoming "bumps" in the field, and suspend themselves on towers.
Robots play Breakaway on a 27 by 54-foot rectangular field known as the field. The field is bordered by a set of guardrails and alliance walls. There are two "bumps" in the field that divides it into three zones. During the game matches, the robots are controlled from alliance stations located outside the ends of the field. These rectangular zones consist of three team player stations that provide connectivity between the controls used by the robot operators and the arena. Goals are located at the corners of the field, and extend behind the alliance wall and adjacent to the player stations. After balls are scored, human players may pick up the balls and pass them to the center of the alliance station to be placed on the ball return rack and reenter play at midfield; teams are penalized if balls are not reentered beyond a set time limit.

Game Play

Two alliances, one red and one blue, composed of three FIRST Robotics Competition teams each, compete in each match. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent by scoring more soccer balls or hanging bonus points.

The game is made up of two scoring periods. The first 15 seconds of play is the Autonomous period in which robots are controlled by pre-programmed instructions. The next two minutes of play is the Teleoperated period. At this time, robots are radio controlled by team operators standing at either end of the field.


Balls are kicked, herded, or thrown into goals located in the corners of the fields. There are two goals for each alliance, adding up to 4 goals total.
  • Scored Ball — 1 point
At the end of the match, bonus points are awarded for robots that cling onto either of the two towers in the center of the field. More bonus points are awarded if alliance robots can suspend themselves from the robot clinging onto the tower.
  • Elevated Bot — 2 points
  • Suspended Bot — 3 points


Below is a short animation of the 2009 FIRST challenge, Breakaway.

2010 Game Animation - FIRST Breakaway from 247 Da Bears on Vimeo.

For more information about the game, please look at the official FIRST documentation.
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