Official Q&A: VIQC 2019-2020: Squared Away Usage Guidelines

Can robots retrieve objects that fall outside the playing field


Laura Silverman (Event Partner)
4 weeks ago

Can an object that leaves the field be retrieved by a ROBOT and used to score. This is especially critical for teams when a cube falls very close to the perimeter on the outside and the robot can grab it and bring it back into the field within seconds. Do we allow this or stop the attempt and remove the object (cube) from play the instant it is outside the field as defined in <G10>?

<G10> Keep Game Objects in the Field. Game Objects that leave the Field during a Match will not be returned. “Leaving the Field” means that a Game Object is outside of the vertical projection of the Field Perimeter and no longer in contact with the Field, Field Elements, other Game Objects, or Robots.

Answered by Game Design Committee

Thank you for quoting the relevant rule. As stated in G10, Game Objects that leave the Field must not be returned. Therefore, once an object is "outside of the vertical projection of the Field Perimeter and no longer in contact with the Field, Field Elements, other Game Objects, or Robots", then it is now considered "out of the Field" and ineligible for gameplay.

Typically, this rule is used to refer to human hands returning the Game Objects to the field, but using Robots instead of hands would also be considered a violation of G10.