We have been in several tournaments and encountered several robots that fire balls VERY fast and rely on the high goal to act as a backstop. This results in the high goal coming apart at the joints. Most event partners have solved this by taping the joints of the goal together with tape. I realize that the plastic joints of the goal could be a bit more robust. However, I feel that taping the goals together with tape provides an unfair advantage to the “fast ball” robots. If a robot repeatedly breaks apart the high goal, wouldn’t that be considered damaging a game element? Should event parters use tape to reinforce all of the joints of the goals?
Answered: High goals come apart at joints
The Goals are meant to withstand teams shooting at them. Thus teams are not responsible if the Goals come apart during normal gameplay.
This is an encouraged practice.