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

Usage Guidelines All Questions

Can a part of the robot be moving before a match?

David Sankey (Event Partner)

I had trouble finding an applicable rule.

<G7> Drivers switch Controllers midway through the Match. In a given Match, no Driver shall operate a Robot for more than thirty-five (0:35) seconds. The two Drivers must switch their controller between twenty-five (0:25) seconds and thirty-five (0:35) seconds remaining in the Match. The second Driver may not touch his/her Team’s controls until the controller is passed to him/her. Once the controller is passed, the first Driver may no longer touch his/her Team’s controls.

Can a team start a motor moving before the match? For example, have the robot start a flywheel so it is spinning when the match starts? There is no version of <G11> for the beginning of the match. It would be possible to start the motor without using the controller.

Answered by Game Design Committee

There is nothing prohibiting this, thus it is legal, provided no other rules are violated in the process.