1) Yes, the team is allowed to build a bucket or other container for
storing people/pets. The robot is allowed to push the bucket around the
table, or the bucket may be attached to the robot. Both are okay.
However--a bucket that is not attached to the robot may incur a Junk
Penalty (probably 5 points), at the end of the match. See Rule 13.
2) Yes, the team may manipulate items in Base by hand while the robot is
out of Base. See Rule 21.
3) The team should be prepared to work around this (Rule 19). I cannot
tell from the Field Setup illustration whether the bottle is standing up or
not. The fuel can is definitely not standing up. The team may ask the
referee to check and reload the truck, but may not ask for a "custom
4) Tagging in and out may happen at any time (Rule 2). Different referees
handle it differently. For myself, if one team member is leaving while a
new one is coming in, then I think that's okay. I just don't allow three
people at once up at the table doing stuff (or in position to do stuff).
5) The Challenge doesn't specify any dress code for coaches (although
Gracious Professionalism discourages attire not appropriate at a public
event with children.) Many coaches wear team clothing, hats, etc. to
support their team, and some will be more costumed. As you note, it's not
allowed for a costumed coach to be part of a presentation. I have it on
good authority that one Tournament Director this week will wear a tutu, and
may have on a wig or other headgear. Bottom line--yes, let your
imagination run free!
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor
On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM, Christina's IPad <
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> Our team will be participating in a tournament on 11/16 and have a couple
> last minute questions. They had several last minute questions after our
> last meeting. Any assistance you can offer would be appreciated.
> 1. ROBOT GAME: If I understand the game rules correctly it is ok for the
> team to build a bucket to store their people/pets. Is it acceptable to
> just push the bucket or does it have to be part of robot construction
> meaning it has to be attached somehow?
> 2. ROBOT GAME: Furthermore, once pets/people are in base is it ok to use
> hands in base to put people in a bucket WHILE the robot is outside of base
> working on missions? The bucket would not be attached to the robot at that
> time so the bucket would still be in base.
> 3. ROBOT GAME: The team noticed on multiple occasions the water bottle
> falls out of the truck while running missions. They'd like to know if they
> will be able to request the referee ensure the water is standing upright as
> opposed to laying on its side or is this one of those variables they should
> learn to work around?
> 4. ROBOT GAME: the team would like to tag each other between missions so
> everyone gets time at the table. Are their restrictions we need to
> consider when tagging. For example can they switch as soon as the 1st team
> hits start on the robot so 2nd team can come in to position attachments as
> needed in base?
> 5. CORE VALUES: Is it ok for coaches to dress up in costume to support
> team theme even if I have no part in their presentation?
> Thank you,
> Christina Clark
> Sent from my iPad
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