Ben from Panda Cubs asks about pushing a button on the Robot multiple times in the Launch Area.

In his example, pushing the button the first time does not make the robot GO, so it isn't a Launch (Rule 08), and the second push isn't an Interruption, since the Robot wasn't Launched (Rule 09).

The second button push makes the robot GO, so it is the actual Launch of the robot.

 As a referee, I've definitely seen Technicians appear to push a button and nothing happens, so the Technician pushes the button again and the robot starts moving.  Referees will keep waiting until the robot moves. We can't assume anything, because we don't know what sequence of buttons the team needs to press to start the robot on its way.

Steve Scherr
Virginia-DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 8:45 PM Panda Cubs 38690 <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
My team has a question about the use of a reminder message during launch.  Let’s say at the start of a program, before the robot has moved, text appears on the brick screen, reminding the operator to verify something, then waiting for a button press before proceeding.  If all is well, the button is pressed and the program continues.  If not, the appropriate adjustment is made (keeping the robot in the launch area) before the button is pressed.
How would this be viewed under update RG07?  Is touching a button (or more) after starting a program considered an interruption, thus requiring that the program be stopped and restarted from the beginning?  If so, the operator would essentially find themselves stuck in an endless “loop”, forced to restart each time they responded to the message.
Thank you,
Ben Clark
Panda Cubs 38690

To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit and select "Join or leave the list".
VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ANNOUNCEMENTS-L. Visit to subscribe.