In figure 2 of the manual, as well as every image i have seen, the starting positions are on the same side as the Orange Hex balls (on the fence). Is this the official set up or might it be changed in competition? (with the blue hex balls between the starting positions) I believe that would be important to know in the autonomous skill challenge.
Yes, these are the two official starting positions. These may not be changed during competition. In the Skills Challenge, teams can choose between either of the two designated starting positions.