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Date; Sept 18th, 2021

Military Aviation Preservation Society  Air Museum
2260 International Pkwy
North Canton, OH 44720

  ORC is pleased to announce that this year’s House of Robotic Destruction will be held at the Military Aviation Preservation Society’s (MAPS) Air Museum at Akron-Canton airport.  MAPS is graciously allowing us to setup our arena in the main hanger surrounded by vintage military aircraft, pits will be one of the back rooms.  MAPS will be using our event as a value-added attraction to promote their museum and hopefully generate some extra ticket revenue.  Help us help them by spreading the word and demonstrating good sportsmanship and good showmanship.

Registration, Fees

  We will be running Fairy weight (150 gram), Ant weight (1 lb), and Beetle weight (3 lbs) tournaments.   All registration will be handled via Builder's database.   If your team is not registered, please do so.  It is quick, easy, and free.  

Registration fees for this event will be $20 per robot and must be paid by September 4th.  Fees can be paid via paypal through the builders’ database or by personal check via US mail.  To pay by check contact the registration coordinator for instructions.  Teams that do not pay their registration fees by September 4th will be dropped.  Fees are non-refundable after September 11th.  If you have registered but cannot attend for any reason, please contact the registration coordinator.

Participant Passes

All HORD participants over 6 years old will require a MAPS day pass.  These are normally $10, but MAPS is giving us a special group rate of $5 per person.  This will be part of your registyration fees.

Spectators Passes
 Those wishing to watch HORD will need a MAPS day pass.  If there is sufficient demand we may be able to provide group rate tickets for friends and family of HORD participants.  Regrettably are not able to offer HORD only spectator passes.

Paper Work

Teams will need to fill out a MC Cue Card for each robot and email the completed file to registration by September 11th.  This year's cue card form is an excel file.  Data will be combined into a single worksheet then exported via mail merge and printed on avery index cards.  The cue cards will be used by the MC to introduce you and your robot and should include a number of interesting factoids.  Teams that fail to provide interesting factoids will have alternate factoids assigned to them.  Please follow the instructions included in the file.

Teams  will need an ORC Safety Form for each robot attending.

All [human] team members that will be in the pit area must complete a Release Form. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If the supervising adult is not a legal parent or guardian please contact registration for special instructions.


(all times are tentative and subject to change as needed)

Friday (9/17)
Setup and early check in

Saturdau (9/18)
Check & and Safety
Drivers Meeting
Fight Session 1
Fight Session 2
Clean Up & Awards
Out the door;


7:00am - 9:00am
9:00am - 9:30am
9:30am - Noon
Noon - 12:30pm
12:30pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 4:30pm

 If possible, please plan on arrive Friday even for early check in and help setting up.  Otherwise, please arrive at 7:00am with robots ready to safety and paperwork complete and ready to turn in. We plan on having a small test box so we can safety two robots at a time. Pit space will be limited so teams with only one robot will have to share a table with another team.  When you arrive follow the signes to the loading doors on the rear wall of the main hanger.

  We absolutely have to be out of the room by 4:30pm.  Based on the number of robots expected and the time allotted we will need to average about one fight every 5 minutes this will require everyone doing their very best to ready for your next fight and to load and unload the arena as quickly as possible. Help setting up and tearing down the arena will be greatly appreciated.


  Matches will run in the
ORC 8’ x 8’ octagonal arena and run for 3 minutes.   90 seconds into the match one 14" x 14" pit will open.

Rule Set

  ORC uses a slightly modified version of the SPARC.toolPlease review the following documents to ensure your robot will conform.

Tournament Structure

 Classes with 5 or more robots we will fight a modified double elimination.  Due to time constraints, the final round will be single elimination; if the winner's bracket finalist is beat by the loser's bracket finalist there will not be a rematch.  Weight classes with 4 or less robots will fight round robin.

   Rumbles will be held if there is sufficient time & interest.  Builders whose robots have been eliminated are encouraged to stay for rumbles.


There are no food vendors on site or nearby.  Participants are strongly urged to bring a sack lunch.  If you need to send someone out for food, please make sure at least one person from your team remains on site.  Coolers are allowed.

Prizes and awards

  ORC has a number of sponsors that provide a variety or robot related merchandise for prizes.  Prizes and trophies will be awards to the top finishers in each weight class and winner of any rumbles that are held (time permitting).  If additional prizes are available, special awards may be awarded at the discretion of ORC officals.  Special awards may include;
  • Big Hitter; robot/driver that demonstrators exceptional weapon hits for its weight class.
  • Best Death Scene; robot/driver that suffers a spectacular knockout blow.
  • Excellence in driver; robot/driver that shows exceptional control and/or strategy
  • Rookie of the Year; Best first time robot/driver.

(special awards are generally given to non-top finishers and one per driver)

Award winning drivers will be allowed to choose a prize from the prize table in the following order; tournament top finishers largest weight class to smallest weight class, rumble winners largest weight class to smallest weight class, then special awards.

About MAPS

The Military Aviation Preservation Society (DBA MAPS Air Museum) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the history of aviation and its impact upon society. It accomplishes this mission by acquiring, restoring, preserving, studying and exhibiting the impact of aviation on the culture of man.

Founded in 1990, the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and fundraising organization that supports the Museum.  With nearly 1,100 dues-paying members, the organization is financially self-supporting through various revenue-generating operations such as; admission fees, special events, sales in the Gift Shop and donations.

2260 International Pkwy
North Canton, OH 44720

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