Point “d” applies to Robot actions prior to the last thirty (30) seconds of the Match:
d. Placing a Scoring Object on or under the opposing Alliance’s Platform, at any point during the Match is considered a minor violation of this rule that, at a minimum, will result in a warning.
i. If the placement is accidental, and immediately rectified (i.e. the Scoring Object is immediately removed), then this violation will be considered a warning.
ii. If the placement is intentional and / or not immediately rectified, as judged by the Head Referee, then it will be considered a violation.
iii. Repeated, strategic, and / or egregious warnings may also escalate to a violation, at the Head Referee’s discretion.
Note: If point “d” has escalated from a warning into a violation, then it will automatically be considered a violation which has interfered with gameplay, i.e. will result in a Disqualification.
Red Box Example Applications
Attempting to retrieve a Mobile Goal from an opponent’s Platform (prior to the last 30 seconds), losing control, and dropping it back onto / underneath the Platform.
॰ If the Robot is able to immediately regain control and successfully retrieve the Mobile Goal: A warning, per point “d” part “i”
॰ If the Robot is unable to retrieve the Mobile Goal promptly: A violation which does interfere with gameplay, per point “d” part “ii”
Q. 1) The original scenario made no mention that the object under the Platform caused interference, is the mere presence of an object enough to warrant a violation of SG3 or must the alliance make an attempt to balance the Platform? 2) Just to clarify, Rings are also counted as Scoring Objects for this ruling, correct? With the same question as above, do the Rings need to make contact with the Platform in an attempt to balance it to warrant a DQ, or is their presence enough?
A. Yes, mere presence of an object is enough. Yes, Rings are considered Scoring Objects.
If a Robot accidentally causes a Scoring Object (a ring, or the Branch of a tall Mobile Goal) to go underneath the opponents Platform in a way that never contacts the Platform, doesn't impede gameplay and isn't match affecting, and the Robot never attempts to remove the Scoring Object, is this a violation of SG3-D-ii? If yes, is this considered a "warning that has escalated to a violation"?
Are all violations of SG3-D-ii / iii considered a warning that has escalated into a violation, and now considered a violation that has impeded gameplay?
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