<R4a> At the beginning of any match, robots must be smaller than 18” x 18” x 18”.
a. During inspections, robots will be measured in one of two ways
i. Robots will be placed into a “sizing box” which has interior dimensions matching the above size constraints. To pass inspection, a robot must fit within the box without touching the box walls or ceiling.
ii. Robots will be sized using a VEX Robotics Competition Robot Sizing Tool. Robots will be placed on a flat surface and must not touch the measurement slide as it is passed over the surface. Please see http://www.vexrobotics.com/vex/products/competition-products/vrc-products/276-2086.html for a visual reference.
How will this measurement be performed when a star is loaded on a robot and it is not practical to use a sizing box or sizing tool? Should this rule be extended to include a measurement technique that would be effective with a star loaded (e.g, tape measure)? I don’t think it is as easy as saying the robot would be measured without a star because the star can impact the configuration/size of the robot and needs to be included during the measurement.