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One Preload must be placed per <SG4> in skills


1065A
28-Jan-2024

In RSC2, One Preload must be placed per <SG4> in skills. It says clearly the word "MUST". However, in SG4, If a Team does not wish to use their Preloads, or if a Robot is not present for their Match, then the Preloads may be used as Match Load Triball. So I am confused whether both the two red balls in skills can be used as match load, or one of them must be placed on the field. Thanks.<RSC2>

Answered by committee
7-Feb-2024

In Robot Skills Matches, both Preload Triballs can be used as Match Loads if the Team wishes to do so.

The relevant portions of <RSC2> and <SG4> read as follows:

<RSC2> [...] c. Teams may use the two (2) red Alliance Preloads as follows: i. One Preload must be placed per <SG4>. ii. The second red Alliance Triball may be placed in any non-scored position in the Blue Offensive Zone and not touching the Robot, or may be used as a Match Load per <SG6> and <RSC3>.

<SG4> [...] If a Team does not wish to use their Preloads, or if a Robot is not present for their Match, then the Preloads may be used as Match Load Triballs in accordance with <SG6>.

The first Triball can be thought of as "the normal Preload", and must abide by all portions of <SG4>. This includes the portion which gives the option to use it as a Match Load instead. The second Triball can be thought of as "the extra Skills Preload", and must abide by the separate criteria listed in <RSC2>.