The protected zone rules are confusing because you can touch the foam tiles but not touch anything in them (generally), so I would just steer clear of anything concerning that relates to the opposing alliance’s protected zone.
You can’t touch the opponent protected zones, or goal zones period. Any cube in the 5 towers in the middle of the field are fair game, any team can score in them, and any team can descore. The only tower you can’t touch is the alliance tower for the other team, but they also can’t touch yours. So you can descore from neutral towers, but anything that’s colored for a the opposing team, you can not touch.
Well, that’s tough. You can definitely start by saying that contact is when your robot is touching something. But in the SG rules, I believe , it states some rules about protected zones. Part of that mentions that if you cause your opponent’s cubes to become unscored (or even if you score for them), you’ll get a penalty. So whether your robot touched the cubes, or throws another cube at the goal zone, it’s illegal
Update: I think that if you were playing defense and pushing the alliance bot around the small, non-protected goal and you cause them to knock a stack over that would be legal. Please let me know if anyone sees anything contradicting this.
I mean, the manual says that causing something to happen in an opposing goal zone is illegal, but I think that this is a good thing to consider especially since the offensive team will get the benefit of the doubt.
Ahh F. I was focused on A and B. I think this probably needs an official Q&A answer - “Is it a violation of F to actively interfere with an opponent robot in such a way that they descore their own stack?”
I wrote this whole thing about how it was legal until I looked a little closer and…
Rule < SG3 > states that “Robots may not intentionally or accidentally, directly or indirectly, perform the following actions:”
Some of the actions in the chart are contacting the opponent goal zone, contacting scored cubes, contacting a robot fully contained within a protected zone, and more.
As we learned in Next Level, indirect essentially means that it’s not the robot, but it’s caused by the robot.
I believe VEX has made it 100% illegal to touch the goal zones of the other alliance at all. I would love to be proven wrong but this is what I’m understanding.
I’m looking at this again, and < SG3>F is specifically about cubes scored in the protected zone goal zone. I don’t think this offers any protection from bumping the opponent into their own towers in the small-square goal zone.
Update from other thread:
Idk why I keep getting mudled on this. You’re right.
< SG3>Robots may not intentioally, or accidentally, directly, or indirectly … contact any scored cubes in either of opposing alliance’s goal zones.
I must have read all this 50 times and that kept eluding me.