FIRST Overdrive is a game played on the TRACK (illustrated in the figure below). Two ALLIANCES, one red and one blue, composed of three teams each, compete in each MATCH. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent by making counter-clockwise laps with your robot around the TRACK while moving large TRACKBALLS over and/or under the OVERPASS that bisects the TRACK.
The FIRST Overdrive game field, known as the “TRACK,” is a 27 by 54-foot rectangular area in which the ROBOTS compete. The TRACK is split lengthwise into the Red Lane and the Blue Lane, to correspond with the team ALLIANCES that play the game. Positions from which signals may be passed to the ROBOT from a team ROBOCOACH are located at the outer corners of the TRACK. The ones on the Red Lane are designated as Red ROBOCOACH STATIONS, and the ones on the Blue Lane are designated as Blue ROBOCOACH STATIONS. The Alliance Zones are located outside the ends of the TRACK. These rectangular zones consist of three team stations. The three teams that make up each ALLIANCE play the game from these zones.