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

Cubes Leaving the Field by Defense Play


80550X
3 weeks ago

Earlier you ruled on the question below regarding SG6. Would the same ruling apply to teams playing defense on bots trying to set a stack in the unprotected corner. The scoring robot has the tray verticle or nearly verticle and a bot from the opposing alliance comes and rams them sending cubes off the field. The way they are set up there is nowhere else for the cubes to go. Would this be considered intentional. They may repeat this couple of times per match.

Cubes leaving the field 248A 1 month ago In Autonomous, often teams put a smaller stack in their goal zones. Once drive control starts they knock over the stack to create a larger stack in driver control, often they do so with disregard for elements leaving the field. Should we see an attempt to keep them in play? If there isn't an attempt to keep them in play, should this strategy receive warnings and with repeated occurrences potentially lead to a DQ?

<SG6> Keep Cubes in the field. Teams may not intentionally remove Cubes from the field. While Cubes may accidentally leave the field when attempting to Score, doing so intentionally or repeatedly would be a violation of this rule.

Answered by Game Design Committee If there isn't an attempt to keep them in play, should this strategy receive warnings and with repeated occurrences potentially lead to a DQ?

This interpretation is correct. The limits for "intentionally" and "repeatedly" in SG6 are at the Head Referee's discretion, given the context of a given Match and/or event. If they observe Teams attempting this strategy, we would advise Head Referees to provide clear warnings regarding this risk.

Answered by Game Design Committee

This scenario would be considered a combination of SG6 (which includes "Cubes may accidentally leave the field when attempting to Score" verbiage), and G14, quoted below for reference:

<G14> You can’t force an opponent into a penalty. Intentional strategies that cause an opponent to violate a rule are not permitted, and will not result in an infraction on the opposing Alliance. Minor violations of this rule that do not affect the Match will result in a warning. Match Affecting offenses will result in a Disqualification. Teams that receive multiple warnings may also receive a Disqualification at the Head Referee’s discretion.