But I am concerned with the definition of Elevated.
Looking at the unusual relatively high number of No Show in this year Worlds, does that means that a team that has a no-show alliance will never get to be considered as Elevated? Even if the robot has the ability to self-elevate, it will be pointless.
And if that’s the case, that will mean that a team that has a no-show alliance will be at a handicap of 50 points - in the Worlds, that will be as good as confirming that you will lose the match.
While I agree with this in that a no-show shouldn’t prevent a large chunk of points being scored, how do you want to define elevated so that it’s possible for a single team to be counted as elevated? If you just remove the requirement that a robot be touching it, I suppose you could try to balance on the field perimeter to be elevated, but this would defeat the “work with your alliance partner” thing they’re trying to do here if you can just become elevated entirely by yourself. I suppose you could add a conditional that the clause is only required if you HAVE a partner, but I doubt that teams would design their robot to execute a more complicated elevation simply for a case in which they don’t have a partner.
They have little claw bots provided for teams with no show partners at worlds. I never opted to use them since they were close to worthless in other games, but this year they could actually serve nicely as elevated robots.
There’s only one issue with the clawbots. According to this, the clawbot’s maximum height is 11.28". So unless you move the arm up and balance it in a way it will stay up when motor power is cut, you can’t use them to high elevate.
I remember seeing one at worlds in Toss Up filling in for the team that got DQed for illegal motor modifications. However, that might have simply been due to the unique situation, and not something they would provide to replace a team that was inspected and legal to compete, but was a no-show.