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<G16> What Constitutes the End of a Lift Hold?

Dale Nacianceno

<G16> No Holding for more than a 5-count. A Robot may not Hold an opposing Robot for more than a 5-count during the Driver Controlled Period.


A Holding count is over when at least one of the following conditions is met: a. The two Robots are separated by at least two (2) feet (approximately one foam tile). b. Either Robot has moved at least two (2) feet away (approximately 1 tile) from the location where the Trapping or Pinning count began. i. In the case of Lifting, this location is measured from where the Lifted Robot is released, not from where the Lifting began.

Holding - A Robot status. A Robot is considered to be Holding if it meets any of the following criteria during a Match:


• Lifting - Controlling an opponent’s movements by raising or tilting the opponent’s Robot off of the foam tiles.

Does a Holding count end if a Lifted Robot is no longer being Lifted but both Robots are still within 2 feet from where the Lift Robot was released?

Answered by committee

Thank you for your question. As described in rule <G16>, there are multiple ways to end a Holding count--regardless of whether the Robot is being trapped, pinned, or lifted. The Holding count should end when the conditions in any one of Clauses A-D in rule <G16> is met. There are potential scenarios in which Clauses A or C could end a Holding count for lifting while the two Robots remain within two feet of the release point.