In Aerial Assist, the alliances win via getting the scoring elements (2'-diameter exercise balls) into the scoring areas located on the far end of the field.
The game starts with each robots in either the White Zone (center field) or the goalie zones. They can be preloaded with 1 game ball prior to the start.
The match begins with a 10-second autonomous period, where robots use the pre-programmed instructions to score points. Said points are worth 5 more during the Autonomous period, and one goal will be lit up ("hot") during each half.