Official Q&A: VRC 2019-2020: Tower Takeover Usage Guidelines

Autonomous Bonus - No one scores


Pete Niemann (Event Partner)
4 months ago

If no one scores during the Autonomous Period - is that considered a tie or no bonus? The tablet scoring app offers a None (none, red, blue, tie) which led me to believe that it was a necessary option. Hence when no one scores.

Autonomous Bonus - A bonus awarded to the Alliance that has earned the most points at the end of the Autonomous Period. The Autonomous Bonus consists of six (6) points added to the score at the end of the Match, and two (2) Match Loads that may be entered any time during the Driver Controlled Period. Note: If the Autonomous Period ends in a tie, each Alliance will receive an Autonomous Bonus of three (3) points and one (1) Match Load.

Answered by Game Design Committee

If no one scores during the Autonomous Period - is that considered a tie or no bonus?

This would be considered a 0-0 tie, and the "tie" checkbox should be selected.

The tablet scoring app offers a None (none, red, blue, tie) which led me to believe that it was a necessary option.

The "none" option in the app is intended for the extremely rare but possible scenario where both Alliances commit a violation during the Autonomous Period, and therefore neither Alliance should receive any sort of bonus, per G11b:

<G11> All rules still apply in the Autonomous Period. Any infractions committed during the Autonomous Period that are not Match Affecting, but do affect the outcome of the Autonomous Bonus, will result in the Autonomous Bonus being automatically awarded to the opposing Alliance.

a. Teams are responsible for the actions of their Robots at all times, including during the Autonomous Period. Any infractions committed during the Autonomous Period that are Match Affecting can result in a Disqualification, if warranted by the rule.

b. If both Alliances cause infractions during the Autonomous Period that would have affected the outcome of the Autonomous Bonus, then no Autonomous Bonus will be awarded.