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Robot Setup at Start of Match


Are we allowed to setup the robot directly in front of the tower, if it is behind the white line, not touching any grey foam tiles outside of the home zone, and its not touching another ball, but the rollers would be very close to the bottom ball thats in the tower. and from the cameras view it looks like its touching, but it isn't if you were to look closer, so it follows all the qualifications for the setup per rule SG1,This is for LRT’s. i can post pictures if needed

Answered by Game Design Committee

Please review the Q&A Usage Guidelines before posting, specifically point 3, "Quote the applicable rule from the latest version of the manual in your question". Often, you'll find that by quoting the rule, you'll answer your own question.

Starting configurations are governed by rule SG1, which reads as follows:

<SG1> Starting a Match. Prior to the start of each Match, the Robot must be placed such that it is:

a. Contacting its Home Zone.

b. Not contacting the gray foam field tiles outside of the Alliance’s Home Zone.

c. Not contacting any Balls other than the Preload.

d. Not contacting another Robot.

e. Contacting exactly one (1) Preload.

i. The Preload must be contacting exactly one (1) Robot.

ii. The Preload must be fully within the field perimeter.

iii. The Preload must not be breaking the vertical projection of the Goal, i.e. the Preload must not be inside or above the Goal."

The configuration you have described does not appear to violate any of these rules, and would therefore be legal. However, if it is unclear to the Head Referees whether any points are being violated, you may be asked to provide a closer review (e.g. bring the camera closer to the Robot during pre-Match setup). We would advise keeping your camera view in mind when determining starting position strategies.