Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Inspiring students, one robot at a time.

The Q&A is closed for the 2021-2022 season. Any rule changes or clarifications pertaining to the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship will be included in the April 5 Game Manual Update. Teams attending VEX Worlds who wish to pre-submit questions for the driver's meeting should have received a contact form via email; if not, please contact your REC Foundation Team Engagement Manager for more information.

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

Usage Guidelines All Questions

Robot Holding Mobile Goal Outside of Field Perimeter


Christopher Putnam (Event Partner)
4 months ago

Robot Holding Mobile Goal Outside of Field Perimeter

Hello,

Is it legal for a robot to hold a mobile goal outside of the field perimeter for any length of time? Teams may not intentionally remove Scoring Objects from the field per SG9, listed in part below, but in this case the robot is still possessing the mobile goal, not dropping it outside of the field. Would this be a violation of S2, although the robot is not completely out-of-bounds and that is the only violation listed?

<S2> Stay inside the field. If a Robot is completely out-of-bounds (outside the playing field), it will be Disabled for the remainder of the Match. Note: The intent of this rule is NOT to penalize Robots for having mechanisms that inadvertently cross the field perimeter during normal game play.

<SG9> Keep Scoring Objects in the field. Teams may not intentionally remove Scoring Objects from the field. While Scoring Objects may accidentally leave the field, doing so intentionally or repeatedly would be a violation of this rule. Scoring Objects that leave the field during Match play, intentionally or unintentionally, will be returned to the field at the location nearest the point at which they exited. Referees will return the Scoring Object to the field when it is deemed safe to do so, at the leisure of the referee. 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.

Thank you for your time.

Answered by committee

Is it legal for a robot to hold a mobile goal outside of the field perimeter for any length of time?

There are no rules prohibiting this. However, teams who choose to do so should be cognizant of the SG9 risk they are taking. Particularly, contact with anything outside of the field, as described in this related Q&A:

www.robotevents.com/VRC/2021-2022/QA/888