It has been noted at a few competitions that when some teams go to intake a disk, their intake moves and causes the robot to momentarily become outside of the 18x18 Horizontal limit.
How should this be ruled during:
A standard qualifier/elimination match My thought process here is that if they are intentionally breaking this rule so that they can pick up disks, it should fall under the Major Violation category due to the manipulation of disks.
A Driver/Programming skills run My thoughts on this would be two fold, first it would immediately start the final 10 second timer due to breaking the horizontal limit and second it would be a Major Violation due to the reason listed above.
How should the Skills Referee judge if a robot that is close to the 18x18 limit while driving has exceeded the allowable limit and start the 10 second countdown?
- A robot that sits at 17x16 is driving around and its endgame string is waving back and forth enough that to the Referee it looks as if the robot has expanded past 18x18. The referee starts the 10 second timer and then ends the run. Upon inspection at the end of the run, the referee notes that it may have still been in size due to the space remaining, but it may have been out as well due to how string moves when the robot turns. Would this warrant a replay at the referee's discretion or should the initial ruling stand due to it being a mistake on the team for not securing their string well enough? This is very subjective to the robot and the conditions that it was seen under, but it would be nice to have a guideline in place before state/region championships begin
Thank you for your time,