Official Q&A: VRC 2020-2021: Change Up Usage Guidelines

<T2> Score Disputes — Opportunity for Score Verification


Barin Banerjee (Event Partner)
1 month ago

Rule <T2> reads as follows:

<T2> The Drive Team is permitted to immediately appeal the Head Referee's ruling. If the Drivers wish to dispute a score or ruling, those Drivers must stay in the Alliance Station until the Head Referee talks with them. The Head Referee may choose to meet with the Drivers at another location and/or at a later time so that the Head Referee has time to reference materials or resources to help with the decision. Once the Head Referee announces that his or her decision has been made final, the issue is over and no more appeals may be made. The Event Partner may not overrule the Head Referee's decision.

Violations of this rule may result in the Team being disqualified from the Match in question and/or the event and is up to the discretion of the Head Referee.

Based on <T2>, is it a correct interpretation that Teams must be given an opportunity to verify the score for a Match before being dismissed from the field? If so, to what extent is this opportunity for score verification mandatory versus merely recommended? It is my understanding that providing such an opportunity to Teams has historically been considered a good practice but never an explicit requirement.

The motivation for this question primarily concerns events which may be short on time, where Teams may be asked to wait for the score to be entered and published in the computer, at which point it will likely be too late to dispute the score.

Answered by Game Design Committee

As quoted, T2 states that after the Drive Team Members leave the Alliance Station, they may no longer dispute the score or any rulings. If a Team has concerns that there may be a possible scoring discrepancy, we suggest that they do not leave the Alliance Station until they see the score. If a referee forgets to show them a score, we suggest that they stay until they see it. The purpose of this interaction is to eliminate scoring mistakes as much as possible.