In order to be called a pin this must happen–pin is longer than five second because robot did not let go of pin within five seconds and/or robot did not move two feet (one tile) away and count should continue. Here is a high profile match (some big name hitters were in this match with a lot on the line) where there are several incidences of pinning not being enforced.
Scenario=pin starts and referee starts counting. Then pinning robot gets 3 or 4 seconds of counting and moves away and then comes back to pin again. The robot did not move away at least two foot. The count should have never stopped since the pinning robot was not back up the mandatory space. The pinning robot would also not wait for five seconds before starting the pin again. They would then get a new count and start this over again. This gave the defensive bot an unfair advantage that stalled out many other bots (those in the science division can attest to this happening to their bots) as their robots did not have time to “cool off” or even get to move from repeated pinning that was well above the allowed limit and time.
“ <G12> In the case where referees are forced to make a judgement call on interaction between a defensive and offensive robot, the referees will err on the side of the offensive robot” (game manual).
<SG4>“Match Affecting offenses will result in a Disqualification” (game manual).
This should have been a dq because it was match affecting (robot being pinned was not allowed to move) and definitely the rule of pinning was broken several times during this one match (look at not only the space from the defensive bot in relation to the pinned bot but also the timer that is overlaid on the video). There were no warnings issued throughout the match as you can see from the video. This is bad in my opinion because the match before this a team was hoarding and their alliance dq’ed on the spot. The answer that I will get will be that they cannot give a case by case ruling but I would like to know how this could have gone unchecked at the biggest event of the year. The alliance team of 202Z and 1045A have both played in the top two highest scoring matches in the world. These are offensive robots!! So to lose by unfairness is hard for me as a coach/mentor to accept as my students performed within the rules of the game. I would like to know as a coach/mentor what I can tell my students to do when this is happening. The referee will not watch footage of the match. Nor as I as a coach and spectator seeing the match from a different angle, I am not able to give my input. As a competitor the drivers are focusing on the match. What are they to do to bring attention to this? The drivers of the pinned alliance showed the head referee the official rule about pinning. He told them, “that there is nothing he could do about it” and walked away. I am curious what others think about this topic as it has happened before and will again (as Turning Point will show in the distant future). I teach my students not to argue with the referees but what are they to do when the rule of pinning was not enforced according to the rules of the game?