Answered: "Tethering"

Rule SG6 in Section 2 of the Manual states:

I know the intent of this rule, however it leaves openness as “leaving the Alliance Starting Tile” consists of no part of the robot touching the Tile, correct? So if I were to leave a piece of string, or something similar to string (example a string of PWM cables) leading to the Alliance Starting Tile, and it is touching the Tile for the entirety of the match, I would be able to touch and reposition my robot all I want, wherever it is on the playing field, per SG6.

I am assuming this was not the intent of this rule, and if that is true will there be a rule made against “tethering”?

Thank you.

Any such device that allows you to stay “tethered” to the Alliance Starting Tile would be deemed an entanglement risk, thus illegal by <R3c> of the VEX Gateway Game Manual. Mechanisms of this sort will not be allowed on any VEX Gateway robots.

First of all thanks for the quick reply. :slight_smile:

In answer; That’s one thing I forgot to bring up in my question.

So any devise that would allow for tethering would be a risk of entanglement? What if it were not as drastic as a string so I could go anywhere on the field? What if it were simply a bar of metal, that would be attached to my robot and touching the Tile? Anything at all, allowing my robot to drive away from the Alliance Starting Tile, even just a little, but still be touching the Tile. Would I then technically be able to manipulate my robot? Would I be able to lift an arm, and open a door on my robot (for example) to allow (a) game object(s) to drop into a goal that is nearby?

Thanks again, Karthik.

Now I’m going to refer you back to the original rule and the stated intent that you quoted above. <SG6> allows you to fix a robot that was not able to move at the start of the match. Manipulating your robot to gain a gameplay advantage is not allowed by this rule. We put this rule in place to allow teams a “mulligan” in case their robot isn’t working.

Alright, so the ruling (in the User Control Period, at least) is that of the “intent”, meaning only allowing teams to touch/reposition their robot for the sole purpose of turning it back on/fixing something that went wrong/plugging in batteries? However like you stated in another Q&A, in the Autonomous portion, something like what I mentioned, or as jgraber said, “puppeteering” would be legal?

Just confirming that, and thanks again. :slight_smile: