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Official Q&A: VRC 2023-2024: Over Under

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Multiple minor violations of <SG8> in autonomous


Leah Schwedler (Event Partner)
24-Jan-2024

Per https://www.robotevents.com/VRC/2023-2024/QA/1694

Any Violations committed during the Autonomous Period that affect the outcome of the Autonomous Bonus—whether they are Match Affecting or not—will result in the Autonomous Bonus being automatically awarded to the opposing Alliance.

Specifically considering SG8 in autonomous:

In either case, the SG8 Violation should be recorded for consideration at the end of the Match to determine whether or not the Violation was Match Affecting and should receive a Minor or Major Violation. Match Affecting can only be determined at the end of a Match once the scores have been calculated.

Per the flowchart in Figure 3 of the Game Manual, how would repeated minor violations of SG8 in autonomous be considered? Would the consequences of multiple minor violations of SG8 in autonomous be covered by the consequences outlined in Q&A 1694 above or could multiple minor violations of SG8 in autonomous result in a major violation and automatic match DQ? Would this decision be up to the head referee's discretion per the definition of violation in the game manual?

Multiple Minor Violations within a Match or tournament may escalate to a Major Violation at the Head Referee’s discretion.

Thank you for your consideration of this specific circumstance.

Answered by committee
7-Feb-2024

Would this decision be up to the head referee's discretion per the definition of violation in the game manual?

Generally speaking, this would be the correct answer, with a few caveats / guidelines that apply to all escalating Violations (not just SG8).

  • Disqualifications should never be given until a Match has ended, even if the action that warranted the Disqualification occurs early in the Match.

  • When multiple repeated Minor Violations are at risk of escalating to a Major Violation, there is an expectation that the Team has been warned for the Minor occurrences and given an opportunity to rectify their actions.