By my reading of the Stray Objects rule, the ref could be asked to
relocate the ball to an equivalently non-scoring location on the
table. However, if the kids plan to later obtain points with that
ball, then of course the ref can't be asked to help in that endeavor
by moving the ball to a more advantageous location for the robot to
retrieve it, by replacing it on its original rubber ring, or by
moving it to Base or handing it to the kids.
My interpretation the rule is that it pertains to objects littering
the playing surface that are no longer of interest to the team
>I have a couple of questions about the stray objects rule. If an
>object becomes a "stray object", as in, for example, the robot
>happens to knock one of the gray or yellow balls off it's rubber
>holder, do you think the kids will need to specifically ask the
>judges to remove the ball?
>Would the judge hand it back to the kids? So, could the kids then
>place that ball back into base, and then still go out with the robot
>again and be sent to its proper place to score?
>Sonya in Harrisonburg
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