I searched both the manual and Vex Forum but the only thing I found was an unanswered related question.
3 relevant rules:
During our last tournament there were several cases of this happening:
WLOG, Blue Robot #1 is near the Red Loading Zone (but not in), in which Red Robot #1 is shooting preloads. Red Robot #2 comes over and pushes Blue Robot #1 into the Red Loading Zone, thereby disrupting the shooting of Red Robot #1.
What happened at the tournament was that in each case Blue Robot #1 was disqualified because it was in the Red Loading Zone. However, according to <SG13> Red Robot #2 is intentionally causing Blue Robot #1 to violate <SG7>. That affects the match, resulting in Red Robot #2 being disqualified.
Question 1: Were the referees at the tournament correct in disqualifying Blue Robot #1 or should Red Robot #2 be disqualified or should something else be done?
One more case if Red Robot #1 is going to elevate Red Robot #2 but Red Robot #2 has not returned to the Red Climbing Zone yet. Blue Robot #1, like before, is blocking Red Robot #2 from returning to the Red Climbing Zone, but cannot be disqualified by <SG11> because neither Blue Robot #1 nor Red Robot #2 is inside the Red Climbing Zone.
Question 2: If Red Robot #2 pushes Blue Robot #1 into the Red Climbing Zone and disrupts Red Elevation without technically breaking any rules, what should occur? Question 3: Does it make a difference whether Case 2 in Question 2 occurs before or during the last 30 seconds of a match?
Thanks for reading through all this and answering the question, Karthik!
You are correct, Red Robot #2 has violated <SG13>. However, I’m not seeing how this could Match affecting, as Red Robot #2 has only hurt their own alliance. There would not be a DQ awarded in this situation. <SG13> would dictate that Blue Robot #1 not be punished for violating <SG7>.
If Blue Robot #1 is trying to keep Red Robot #2 from entering the Climbing Zone, but illegally encroaches upon the Climbing Zone during this process, they would be in violation of <SG11> and subject to a disqualification if the actions were determined to be Match affecting.
Yes it does. The Climbing Zone is only protected by <SG11> in the last 30 seconds of the Match.
Thanks for answering the questions! I would just like to ask for the following clarification on your answer for Question 2.
What would happen if Blue Robot #1 sits next to but doesn’t enter the Climbing Zone and Red Robot #2 pushes Blue Robot #1 into the Climbing Zone? Blue Robot #1 is not intentionally trying to enter the Climbing Zone (and may even be actively trying to push back to get out of the Climbing Zone).