Answered: Pinning a stationary robot

we had some interesting matches yesterday at the BC championships and would just like to clarify something

Can you pin a robot that is stationary and is obviously going to remain stationary for the remainder of the match?

thanks! :slight_smile:

Let’s take a look at the definition of Pinning.

If the “Pinned” robot is not attempting to move, it’s movement is not being inhibited. Thus, it would not be considered pinning.

that was what we thought too until the “weird” match happened
our aligning mechanism was a little bit off the first time we parked onto the goal
and when we were trying to realign it (requires backing up about 1 foot, then driving in again), the other robot was “pinning” us

our question is: How can the ref be sure that the team involved does not intend to move, if they are incapable of moving (due to a pin)?

should we wave, or somehow let the refs know that we are intending to move so they will initialize the countdown?


The referees typically determine this on their own. It can’t hurt to bring it to their attention, however if you were to start screaming “pinning!!!” it might just serve as an irritation.

thanks karthik
and we know how to let refs know without getting too annoying :stuck_out_tongue:

You’re welcome.