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Official Q&A: VRC 2021-2022: Tipping Point

Usage Guidelines All Questions

Custom License Plates Text Color


Jess Zarchi (Event Partner)
4 months ago

Hello,


R26 A - D

a. Robots must use the colored plates that match their Alliance color for each Match (i.e. red Alliance Robots must have their red plates on for the Match). It must be abundantly clear which color Alliance the Robot belongs to.

b. License Plates must fulfill all Robot rules (i.e. they must fit within the 18” cube per <R5>, they cannot functionally change the stability of rigidity of the Robot, cause entanglement, etc.)

c. Team numbers must be in white font.

d. Plates must be at least 2.48 inches (63.2mm) tall and 4.48 inches (114mm) wide, i.e. at least the size of the plates in the VRC License Plate Kit ignoring thickness

R26 Red Box

The intent of this rule is to make it very easy for Head Referees to know which Alliance and which Team each Robot belongs to. Being able to “see through” a Robot arm to the wrong color License Plate on the opposite side of the Robot would be considered a violation of <R26a>.

It will be at the full discretion of the Head Referee and inspector at a given event to determine whether a given custom license plate satisfies the criteria listed in <R26>. Teams wishing to utilize custom plates should be prepared for the possibility of this judgment, and ensure that they are prepared to replace any custom parts with official VEX License Plates if requested. Not bringing official replacement plates to an event will not be an acceptable reason for overlooking a violation of one or more points in <R26>


Assuming a custom license plate in question follows R26 A, B and D, can a Head Referee / inspector okay a custom license plate that violates R26 C (eg. red/blue text, or black text on a red/blue background) if the team number and alliance color are obvious?

Thank you for your time!

Answered by committee

Assuming a custom license plate in question follows R26 A, B and D, can a Head Referee / inspector okay a custom license plate that violates R26 C (eg. red/blue text, or black text on a red/blue background) if the team number and alliance color are obvious?

No, a custom license plate with any color of text other than white would be in violation of R26-C. Head Referees / inspectors do not have the latitude to choose which inspection rules should be enforced or ignored.