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

Inner Protected Zone Tray Disqualification


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Inner Protected Zone - The 3-dimensional volume extending upwards from the foam tiles and bound by the field perimeter and inner edge of the white tape line closest to one of each Alliance’s Goal Zone.

According to SG3 Case E - Contact an opposing Alliance’s Inner Protected Zone always results in a disqualification.

Based on the definition of the Inner Protected Zone, this would mean that this does not require touching the surface of the inner protected zone to be meeting this criteria.

What I would like to clarify is if a scenario where a tray-style robot, for example, the one in this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJI29QI5COM with a longer tray had said tray swing into the boundary of the inner protected zone briefly while driving were to occur, would this result in a disqualification? My concern is that as trays get longer to carry more cubes, it will be come increasingly likely for these long trays to accidentally breach the volume of the opponent's inner protected zone, without being match effecting, which does not seem to be a fair thing to disqualify a team for.

Thanks!

Answered by Game Design Committee

Thank you for quoting the relevant rules as they pertain to your question.

What I would like to clarify is if a scenario where a tray-style robot, for example, the one in this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJI29QI5COM with a longer tray had said tray swing into the boundary of the inner protected zone briefly while driving were to occur, would this result in a disqualification?

This is a correct interpretation of SG3-E.

My concern is that as trays get longer to carry more cubes, it will be come increasingly likely for these long trays to accidentally breach the volume of the opponent's inner protected zone, without being match effecting, which does not seem to be a fair thing to disqualify a team for.

"Break the plane" rules such as this often require a Head Referee judgment call in close cases. To minimize Disqualifications for non-Match-Affecting circumstances, we would advise Teams to bear this possibility in mind when designing their Robot and driving during a Match. We would also advise Head Referees to provide clear verbal warnings when a Robot enters the Outer Protected Zone, to ensure that Teams are aware of the risk involved in that (possibly accidental) maneuver.