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Disclaimer - I'm a coach, not a ref.  My answers are my interpretation of the rules and could very well be wrong.

On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 11:21 AM, Nanda Kottury <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hello,
> We are a rookie team. Reading through the scoring requirements, Couple of questions arise:
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> 1.      Can we transport multiple pieces of food as long as same color blocks (food) are together when food is given to the animals ? – I am thinking yes based on MORE section on scoring requirements

There is no restriction on how much food you can transport at a time.  Scoring conditions are at the end of the match only.

> 2.      Is there a rule or guideline that states how to transfer food – open container, closed container or an attachment ?

I would be wary of a closed container.  I can't find it in the rules (did it go away?), but that feels to me like you're attaching something to your robot, which in the past has not been allowed.  Like I said, I don't see anything prohibiting a closed container, but I would probably advise my team to steer clear of such a solution (though now, I'm wondering about that).

> 3.       when we drop off food, are we required to bring back open container or closed container or attachment back to base or we have an option to leave open container, closed container or attachment in the animal target area ?

This one might require a more official answer, but I believe that the answer is no.  There is no "junk" penalty this year, which (IMHO) means that you can leave things on the board.  The only part I'm not sure about is the nature of the container.  If the food is sitting in the container, which is in the feeding area, would it score?  Technically the food is not touching the mat, but the rule doesn't say it has to be touching the mat... just in the circle.  I would argue yes, but I'd be interested to hear other coaches/ref's interpretations there.


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