Hi all, I spoke with are regional rep, and he directed me here for this question. I notice that there have been similiar problems but people didn't seem to realize what is causing the difficulties.
As stated in the following rules, the robot must be 11 x 19.
<G5> Expansion is limited during a Match. During the Match, Robots may not expand beyond the following restrictions: a. Horizontally, beyond an 11” x 19” (279.4mm x 482.6mm) area. b. Vertically, beyond the 15” (381mm) high starting requirement.
Also as stated by the following rule, it must fit inside the starting area of 11 x 19.
<R4> Robots must fit in the sizing box. At the start of each Match, the Robot must be able to satisfy the following constraints: a. Only be contacting the Floor and/or the Field Perimeter. b. Fit within an 11” x 19” (279.4mm x 482.6mm) area, bounded by the Starting Position. c. Be no taller than 15” from the Floor.
The problem that I have discovered is the following. The starting areas are NOT 11 x 19. On our two fields bought two years apart the starting areas for length and width are both about a 32nd of an inch short in either directions as shown in the two following pictures.
In previous years and games, this was not a problem. This year though the tolerances are very small. We have groups that have robots that are exactly 11 by 19. They would pass inspection (assuming the measuring device does not rely on the field which might have the same problems) but be ever so slightly outside of the starting positions. Their definitely needs to be a rules clarification on this.
Making the robot size smaller would not work. The way the pieces are made, the robot would have to be smaller in increments of 1/2 to 1/4 of an inch. This would make it much more difficult to incorporate everything needed to play the game effectively.
A rule addition allowing the robots to be slightly (thickness of an axel) outside the starting area as long as it passes inspection of course would be a good solution.
Thanks for the time.
The Harvey School
Katonah, New York