Answered: Field elements and breaks...

Hi VEX officials! After a recent competition, I’ve been reading the rules manual again. I noticed that a rule in the manual states that players may not damage the field elements on purpose, that robots containing structures that may damage the field might not pass inspection. If this is true, then here comes a question: would pneumatic actuated breaks that push against the tiles not pass the inspection because they pose a (great) risk of damaging the foam carpeting?

There’s no general rule against drop down brakes. However, inspectors and referees will scrutinize all robots to make sure they are not damaging the field.

OK I see, thank you!

You’re welcome!