Our Team has a competition soon, and we wanted to make sure that when we do the inspection we pass. So, does anyone know if they check the total expansion of your robot, For example, do they check the max extension of our team’s “seesaw”? Like when we are shooting and our “seesaw” goes past the starting size. What I was thinking is that we could just push the “seesaw” forward like it’s shooting, the start of the match. But since our team is getting confused we want to know if anyone has done a competition or someone who can help. We also want to want if we have been measuring correctly. 11 inch width. 15 inch height. 19 inch length. Please tell us if we are wrong.
If people could reply ASAP whenever they see it, it would be greatly appreciated
First of all, you seemed to have mixed up the sizing requirements. It’s 11 in width, 15 in height, and 19 in length. (Correct me if I am wrong), about the seesaw, you cannot extend past the horizontal limit unless you contact the expansion zones. So, if you are shooting and your seesaw goes out of size, that would be a rule violation. For further clarification, check the game manual.
You can expand horizontally only when contacting the expansion zone, as explained in the game manual. There is no limit on vertical expansion. The inspector will review your expansion of the robot at inspection, and you won’t pass if it looks like it expands illegally.
So do they see how for our “seesaw” goes and how far our contact points extend? To if it is illegal
A good inspector should be asking you to show any movement that your robot will do while not contacting the expansion zone, to ensure that it will be in compliance. They should not be worrying about expansion once inside the zone.
The robot will (should) be measured at it’s maximum footprint in the length and width. These two dimensions (11" x 19") can not be exceeded during the match unless you are touching the contact zone at the end of the round. If your seesaw breaks these dimms during the normal course of play, like when shooting discs, it will be out of size.
The robot also must begin the match not to exceed 15" height, but there is no restrictions about vertical expansion after the match starts.
Note: that the 11" x 19" can easily be seen using a field to measure. Inside the black lines of a square is 11" and if you place the robot against a wall, the far side of the black line that is 1.5 squares long will be 19". Unlike previous years, the robot does not have to be “inside this box” on the field, simply touching the starting wall.