Answered: Competition Qualifying Questions

I have two questions.
First, during the qualifying portion of the competition (when you place your robot in the measuring box to ensure it meets the criteria), are you allowed to have your robot on? Can you use a motor to pull an arm down in order to meet the 18" guidelines?

Second, if you are using rubber bands to create tension, can you have them “hanging” on only one part of the robot during qualifying, i.e. measuring, and then attach them to both ends of the robot to create the needed tension during the match?

No, this is not legal.

Your robot must be inspected in the same configuration that it competes in; thus what you have described is not legal.