Handling the Robot mid-match is allowed under certain circumstances. If a Robot goes completely outside the playing Field, gets stuck, tips over, or otherwise requires assistance, the Team’s Drivers may retrieve & reset the Robot. To do so, they must do the following: Signal the Referee by placing their VEX IQ Controller on the ground. Any Blocks being controlled by the Robot while being handled must be removed from the Field. In the context of this rule, “controlled” implies that the Robot was manipulating the Block, and not simply touching it. For example, if the Block moves with the Robot either vertically or while turning, then the Robot is “controlling” the Block. The Robot must be placed back into a legal starting position, which includes contacting the Field Perimeter and not contacting any Blocks, Goals/structures, Starting Pegs, or other Robots. The Robot’s height does not need to be reset. If the Drivers cannot reach the Robot due to the Robot being in the center of the Field, the Drivers may ask the Head Referee to pick up the Robot and hand it to the Drivers for placement according to the conditions above.
Violation Notes: This rule is intended to allow Teams to fix damaged Robots or help get their Robots “out of trouble.” Strategically exploiting this rule may be considered a Minor Violation or Major Violation at the Head Referee’s discretion.
Significant Q&As:
  • 1739 - Driver can resume Match when Robot has been reset
  • 1742 - Removing red Block from Starting Peg during reset is a Score Affecting Violation
  • 1870 - Guidelines for when it is and isn’t appropriate to interact with a Robot