Here's my read based on taking the rules literally:
D03 – Equipment – “Equipment” is everything you bring to a Match for Mission-related activity.
D09 – Penalties – A “Penalty” is a deduction from your final score due to a specific action that is allowed but discouraged.
Penalty values are found in the Missions. There are two types of Penalty:
● Interruption Penalty – Caused by you Interrupting the Robot while it’s not completely in Safety.
● Junk Penalty – Caused…
• immediately – by each piece of equipment the Robot strands partly in Safety.
• at the end of the Match – by each piece of equipment still stranded completely outside Safety.
So, if a junk penalty is only caused by stranded equipment, and equipment is the stuff that you bring to the match, then it stands to reason that the blue and yellow bars (which are not equipment by the definition) would not cause a junk penalty.
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