We hope your season is off to a great start! Don’t forget to read the Q and A’s on the US FIRST website (see previous post). It is very important to stay updated on the Q and A’s because they can slightly change the rules and affect your robot strategy. Three new ones came out yesterday.
14 - REWARDS
The point values for parking on the bridge vs the target were not assigned by accident. If you can't figure out why a team would take a possibly higher risk for a possibly lower reward, feel free to ask them---not me.
13 - DRIVE WHEEL(S) DEFINED
Drive wheels/treads are those that would continue to move even after you pick your robot up.
15 - SEPARATED QUICKLY
Please be sure that anything you add to mission models can be removed in about 15 seconds when the ref gives the okay after the match.
There have also been updates to old Q and A’s. They are labeled as:
9 - PARKED
Where the robot is required to be PARKED at the end of the match, it must be permanently stopped by the time the end-of-match signal starts.
7 - STRAY OBJECT EXCEPTIONS
These are exceptions to the third bullet in Rule 25: The truck when not in contact with the red beam may be considered stray. The red beam with no truck will still be worth points. Sensor walls moved by the robot will be considered stray only if and when the TEAM asks for them to be removed. A removed wall will not count as upright, even if it was upright when removed.
12 - CRASH-TEST FIGURE
The entire figure must be part of your robot (see Rule 11) from buzzer to buzzer. Rule 16 allows you to place/load the figure aboard the robot before the start. The figure can touch the mat, but it has to stay intact.