We, a VRC team, would like to do skills only at a tournament in a couple of weeks. It is a home tournament, and for reasons that are too long, and irrelevant to discuss, we will not be competing at. However, we were hoping we would be able to run the skills challenge. We were informed this is not allowed.
In the rules, this is all I could find regarding this.
Appendix B (Skills Challenge Format)
- The Robot Skills Challenge is an optional event. Teams who do not compete will not be penalized in the main tournament.
- Teams will be guaranteed a minimum equal number of both types of Robot Skills Matches, as determined by the Event Partner.
- The Robot Skills Champion Award is presented to the team with the highest combined Programming Skills Challenge and Driving Skills Challenge score. A team’s combined score will be determined by adding their highest Programming Skills score and their highest Driving Skills score at a single event. Teams competing in only one of the two skills challenges will receive a zero score in the challenge in which they did not participate.
- Robots must pass inspection. Every Robot will be required to pass a full inspection before being
cleared to compete. This inspection will ensure that all robot rules and regulations are met. Initial
inspections will take place during team registration/practice time.
Obviously, we could just skip all of our matches. However, that is against T2, G1, and our morals.
VEXU is allowed to do this at VRC tournaments. It, however, is not a rule, it is a PDF. G22 does not include such documents.
Our mentor (and the EP) called our regional support manager and asked if we could do this. He said this was not possible for VRC.
My question is- Why can we not do the same thing? Is there a rule I missed that makes this not possible? Of course, nothing in the rules says we can, but the same goes for VEXU. Can we run a official skills run at a VEXU event? We obviously have to pass inspection, and we would be exempt from any awards at the tournament. We understand we would get the same amount of skills runs as everyone else does. We understand that the same process that happens for VEXU would have to happen for us(second page of the above document). We are perfectly fine with all these things. We love the skills challenge and think it is an integral part of the game and a great way to show our building, driving, and programming skills to the world.