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<G9> Legally Touching Robot Out of Reach from Driver Station

Dale Nacianceno

<G9> Hands out of the field. Drive Team Members are prohibited from making intentional contact with any Triballs, Field Elements, or Robots during a Match, apart from the contact specified in <G9a>.

a. During the Driver Controlled Period, Drive Team Members may only touch their own Robot if the Robot has not moved at all during the Match. Touching the Robot in this case is permitted only for the following reasons:

  • i. Turning the Robot on or off.
  • ii. Plugging in a battery.
  • iii. Plugging in a V5 Robot Radio.
  • iv. Touching the V5 Robot Brain screen, such as to start a program.
  1. Is a Drive Team Member allowed to exit the Driver Station to touch their own Robot, assuming they abide by <G9a>?
  2. If the answer to #1 is yes, are they allowed to move outside of the Driver Station between the Autonomous Period and the Driver Controlled Period, or do they have to wait for the Driver Controlled Period to start?
Answered by committee

Thank you for your question! Yes, if a Drive Team Member needs to interact with a Robot that has not moved during the Match (as described in Clause A of rule <G9>), one person may notify the Head Referee and leave the Alliance Station during the Driver Controlled Period. To avoid any confusion, and to prevent unintended violations of rule <G9>, we would advise notifying the Head Referee before leaving the Alliance Station or taking any action.