The rule descriptions and mission descriptions are your firends It is not allowed - see these rules 17 - HANDLING ALLOWED • Before the match, and whenever else the robot is inactive, you may handle and prepare it by hand in Base for its next active period. • Typical robot handling and preparation includes repairs, switching attachments, selecting programs, resetting features, loading/unloading cargo, and aiming. • This work must take place in Base, but if some space right outside Base is needed, that’s okay, just be sure not to disturb the field in any way. • Objects in Base are yours to store, prepare, or stage for future interaction with the active robot. Just be sure they’re stationary and you let go of them before the robot touches them. • The only things you may do by hand OUTSIDE Base are: • Stop and lift the robot, any time. Consequences: See Rule 16. • Recover debris from accidental robot damage any time, as needed. See Rule 22. • Calibrate light sensors (before the match start only). See Rule 9. 18 - HANDLING NOT ALLOWED • You may not cause things to extend, leave, or be placed outside Base, even partially, even temporarily, except as described in Rules 19 and 21. • You may not move or adjust anything outside Base, before, during, or after the match. • You may not request a field setup outside the range of specified setups, but you may ask the ref to double-check that a particular setup is correct/within spec. • In the case of non-robot accidents: If your elbow, hip, clothing, or even the ref messes something up, this gets “undone” as fast and accurately as possible, if possible. Changes to the field caused or allowed by the removal of your inactive robot from the field are treated the same way. • Objects staying on the field after any touch should be lowered to rest as close as possible to the place and orientation they were at the time of the touch. 19 - STORAGE • Once the ref inspects your equipment, you may store things as needed in Base, or in a box, either held by one of the two people at the table, or possibly on a stand, if stands are allowed at your event (decided by your tournament’s officials – check with them in advance). • In rare situations of objects crowding in Base, the ref allows you to store them on the field away from Base, but only if it is obvious their placement is purely for storage. • Team members other than the two at the table may not hold equipment. • Mission models and objects worth points in Base always need to stay in view of the ref. • Nothing is allowed on the floor. 21 - START PROCEDURE • When it’s obvious to the ref that starting position is correct… • For the first start of the match… • The ref asks you if you’re ready, then signals your readiness to the announcer. • As the countdown starts, you reach in with one hand, ready to either touch a button, or signal a sensor, to start or resume the robot’s program. • When you hear the sound, you start the robot. The exact time to start is at the beginning of the last word in the countdown, such as “Ready, set, GO!” • If a non-word signal is used, like a beep or buzzer, the start is at the beginning of that signal. • For all other starts in the same match (restarts)… • No countdown. The ref sees that start position is correct, and you start the robot. • You may not handle the robot, or anything it’s about to move or use, during or after the countdown, except for the single action needed to get the program running. If you do, the ref has you restart. On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM, Paul Saksvig <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > One of my team members suggested pushing an item to its intended location > instead of using the robot. Is it allowed to push - by hand (and hand stays > in base) a mission piece out of base to its end location. His idea is to > make a container with wheels and have it roll to the desired end location. > > > > Thanks > > > > Paul > > CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This electronic message contains information which > may be legally confidential and or privileged and does not in any case > represent a firm ENERGY COMMODITY bid or offer relating thereto which binds > the sender without an additional express written confirmation to that > effect. The information is intended solely for the individual or entity > named above and access by anyone else is unauthorized. If you are not the > intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the > contents of this information is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have > received this electronic transmission in error, please reply immediately to > the sender that you have received the message in error, and delete it. 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