Can part of your robot be hanging over the edge of the wall when you start?

When the robot starts against the back wall during the start of the match even though you are rouching the back wall can a piece be hanging over the side. Our blue dispenser mechanism can be put in but it is easier to keep it out. We have seen many teams on youtube that start with parts hanging over but we did not know for sure.

What rule in the manual thinks this would not be legal?

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I’d think it wouldn’t be legal but if you’ve seen teams start like that then I’m not sure. I can check the manual and get back to you if you’d like?

Wouldn’t it be better for the OP to read the manual themselves!

@Eshu , here is a link to the game manual: The section you need to read is rule G5, which tells you the starting requirements. If some aspect is not restricted, than it is legal.

Furthermore, there has already been this “RTM question” that has been answered in the official Q&A (answered with the polite version of “you just wasted our time asking”): Starting location - can robots extend beyond the wall and field? : Robot Events


I checked over the whole entire gam manual and there was no part saying anything about this. All it said is that needs to be touching the back wall and needs to fit in the 11,19,15

If you’re not sure, than what is the use of giving a reply??? It would be much more helpful if you gave new people links to the game manual (along with a guide as to what rule to look for).


Perfect. If there isn’t a rule saying you can’t do it, that means…


I found it. Thank you so much

So you actually found your answer yourself! Keep in mind that the game manual tells you things that you must do, and things that you are prohibited from doing. it can’t tell you everything you might do, so if the game manual does not prohibit an action, then it is generally legal. The game manual does not generally discuss any particular game strategy or mechanisms you might use.

This being said, you might find yourself at a competition (especially early-season, local competitions) where the referees might not all be certified, and thus prone to applying rules that don’t actually exist. It’s important that you are familiar enough with the game manual and how it works that you can have a respectful conversation with the Head Referee (who should be certified and know better), and make your case.