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SG4 SG7 Robot Action Vs. Robot Movement after Early Expansion or 4 Discs Possession

Tina Ngo (Event Partner)

Hello, At one of the events our teams went to, the head referee defined Robot Action as any movement away from the position the robot is in. However, in SG4 notes: • Teams can prevent an accidental or momentary expansion that does not result in an <S2> Violation from becoming a Major Violation by immediately moving to rectify the Violation, and / or removing themselves from gameplay (e.g., parking in a corner of the field without impacting gameplay for other Robots). <SG4>

This wording means that the player is allowed to MOVE around to recollect their endgame expansion as to rectify the violation. Are robots allowed to physically move from it's current position to cover over or recollect early expanded string?

If it is allowed, then for SG7, when a robot accidentally possesses 4 discs, are they allowed to move to a safer location to remove their excess disc, or purposefully bump against the wall to remove a 4th disc that may be stuck on top of their robot? <SG7>

Answered by committee

Thank you for your question! As you described, the 1st Violation note for rule <SG4> indicates that Robots may move to rectify a Violation, and rule <SG7> indicates that a Robot may take actions to attempt to remove excess Discs.

However, both of these rules also indicate that any gameplay by a Robot that is in Violation of the rule may be deemed a Major Violation (and earn a DQ) at the Head Referee's discretion. Until the Violation is remedied, Teams are advised to avoid actions & movements that may be considered either offensive or defensive gameplay by the Head Referee based on the context of the Match. For example, bumping against the wall to remove a stuck 4th Disc could be interpreted by a Head Referee as an attempt to descore Discs from an opponent's High Goal, depending on the context.