I am the mentor for team 8484 Riot Robotics in Sammamish, Washington. Yesterday we came upon a situation in our Middle School regional tournament which we would like additional input on.
While repositioning our robot, one of my kids accidentally pressed a bump sensor too early. It then started the next part of the autonomous early (scoring no points). However, the referees ruled that the bot was off the gray tiles when our hands left the bot, and his ruling was a DQ.
We’re unable to provide blanket rulings based on video snapshots of occurrences at events. That being said, violations of <SG4> that have minimal impact on a match should only result in a warning. Only egregious match affecting violations should result in a disqualification.