This season is moving closer to battle bots than ever before. If you though the fights for the yellow platform were bad last year, see the fights for the small scoring zone this year.
On Saturday, our undefeated team lost in the semifinals because all our opponents did, as soon as the match started, was drive straight to ram into our robot – they did this relentlessly until our intake broke. Other coaches also lamented that their rollers, and arms, had been broken as teams employed constant defensive ramming strategy.
Refereeing quality has also being sub-par.
Rule G12 is hard to honor – if your whole strategy is to constantly ram into your opponent, and that ramming causes your opponent robot to break, isn’t that a violation of rule G12?
Rule SG3 is rarely enforced. “Contacting robots that are fully contained by their protective zone” – this is repeated violated with not even a warning given. At another tournament on Saturday, our robot was rammed into while in the protective zone, our robot knocked our tower down - and no DQ, or warning, was given. Referee said that our robot was the one that knocked down the tower - and it didn’t matter than we had been pushed into it.
What has your experience been so far?