Q1. What are the rules regarding the use of a jig to align the robot. A1. Robot Game Update 21 explains the use of a jig. Technicians have one of two options. Option one - The technicians use the jig to align the robot but removes it prior to launch. Option two - The technicians use the jig to align the robot but don't remove it prior to launch. If doing option two, the jig must remain in the launch area until the next robot interruption. Once the robot is launched, the launch area is treated the same as the rest of the field mat and interacting with it before the robot is interrupted will result in the loss of a precision token.
Q2. Can parents or coaches question the referees or verbally direct the team during the robot game? A2. No, the technicians or team members are the only individuals who are allowed to speak on the team's behalf to tournament officials. Coaches and parents should not verbally direct the teams during the robot game.
Q3. If a team didn't understand a rule change to this year's robot game, at competition should the team get special consideration? A3. No. Teams are responsible for reading, knowing and understanding all aspects of the CITY SHAPER Challenge. The Game Guide and Challenge Updates are the primary sources of information and readily available. If a team didn't understand a rule change, then at Championship the team will have to make an adjustment not the other way around.
Q4. My team successfully raised the flags in Mission 1 but didn't receive points for it. Why not? A4. Referees score the end of match condition of the field. If the flags are not visibly raised at the end of the match, they will not be scored.
Q5. When is a robot interfering with another robot in mission 1? A5. If a robot from field A, has any part of its robot extending past the point where field B's ramp meets the top of field B's bridge then the robot from field A can be called for interference, but only if field B's robot is trying to score the flags too. If the robot from field A crosses this interference point and the robot from field B isn't on the ramp trying to score the flags then there is no interference. See Rule 30 INTERFERENCE on page 10 of the GAME GUIDE.