Answered: Pinning Definition

Hi, I was wondering about the addition to the definition of pinning:

Please note: The definition of Pinning does not require contact between the Pinning and pinned Robot. Trapping a Robot in a corner of the field is considered Pinning

Does this apply if we lift the gate and an opposing robot does not allow us out of the isolation zone? Perhaps they are a holonomic robot that continually strafes along the line of the gate, thereby leaving us with no gap through which to go into the rest of the field.

However, my take on pinning has always been to check if the robot still has a reasonable space into which it can move. That seems to be the case, since the robot still has the reasonably large isolation zone in which to move, even if they might have finished with any scoring in the zone. Clarification would be great! Thanks :slight_smile:

Your analysis of the situation is correct. The situation you describe does not meet the definition of pinning, as the “pinned” robot would have plenty of room to maneuver.

The strategy in this year’s game is shaping up to be very interesting and for a full and detailed analysis everything needs to be clarified. Thanks for the reply!

You’re welcome!