Official Q&A: VEXU 2019-2020: Tower Takeover Usage Guidelines

Clarification on <G16>


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Our team is seeking clarification regarding <G16> which states:

"Robots may not intentionally grasp, grapple or attach to any Field Elements. Strategies with mechanisms that react against multiple sides of a Field Element in an effort to latch or clamp onto said Field Element are prohibited."

Regarding the field perimeter, would touching both the metal frame and the polycarbonate sheet on the exterior of the field perimeter at the same time be considered legal, given that the robot is not contacting the interior of the field perimeter?

Answered by Game Design Committee

Regarding the field perimeter, would touching both the metal frame and the polycarbonate sheet on the exterior of the field perimeter at the same time be considered legal, given that the robot is not contacting the interior of the field perimeter?

We cannot provide a blanket ruling based on a the information provided of one possible hypothetical mechanism interaction.

In addition to “grasp, grapple, or attach to”, you can also look towards the key words “latch onto” and “anchor” to help understand the intent of this rule. Some additional synonyms that are covered by the intent of this rule are “grip”, “pinch”, or “clamp”. These are all terms that describe active retention of the Field Element, such that a robot mechanism is actively exhibiting force on multiple sides of it.

If this guidance is not enough to answer your question, please feel free to re-submit with further explanation, such as a photo or diagram, so that we can provide a more clear answer.