If my robot tips over and I’m outside of the horizontal expansion limit for a couple seconds before I right myself would this be a violation that is punishable by DQ/Disablement or would I just be given a warning assuming it doesn’t happen all the time.
You should be fine as long as S1 isn’t violated and you don’t affect the outcome of the match (ie your fall prevents an opponent from getting to their parking platform or a post…
If it’s repeated it could be an issue, but if it only happens once you’re probably fine.
So, if you do it and it affects the match, or if you have a habit of breaking the rule, you could be disqualified.
<SG2> Robot expansion is limited once the Match begins. As per <G3>, at the beginning of a Match, each Robot must be smaller than a volume of 18” (457.2 mm) long by 18” (457.2 mm) wide by 18” (457.2 mm) tall.
a. Once the Match begins, a Robot which is contacting the Expansion Zone may expand vertically with no height limit. However, once fully outside of the Expansion Zone (i.e. no longer contacting it), the Robot must return to a height limit of 18” (457.2 mm) tall.
b. Once the Match begins, Robots may expand, but no horizontal dimension can exceed 36” (914.4 mm) at any point during the Match.
c. As a result of this rule, Robots may not contact High Flags.
Note: A Robot which interferes with gameplay as a result of violating this rule, such as Toggling a
High Flag or blocking a launched Ball while outside of the Expansion Zone, will result in a Disqualification, whether the interference is Match Affecting or not.
Minor violations of this rule that do not affect or interfere with the Match will result in a warning.
Match Affecting offenses will result in a Disqualification. Teams that receive multiple warnings may also receive a Disqualification at the Head Referee’s discretion.
Watch the video training video - if you need to tip over to get on platforms, you are intentionally using the tipping to score and will be subject to DQ as you needed to do the manouver to score. Watch the referee training video - it does a good job of explaining this.
Thank you for all the answers, it’s just incidental tipping if we lift our lift really fast and then jerk it back the other direction.
Starstruck and other games had similar issue, so they used anti-tip bars to hold structure up …
Yeah that’s an option we’re looking into