A little background before heading into how 624 violated H305.
During quarterfinals in the Mercury division, Alliance 3 lost to Alliance 6 in QF4-1. After that match, 5431, the alliance captain, used their timeout card to allow them extra time to adjust their shooter as they were having shooting issues. When 5431 was on their way back to be field, they had seconds to spare. Due to they having seconds to spare, the lead queuer told the Drive Coach of 5431 that if they were late, they would receive a red card. She didn’t mention which rule it applied to but we assumed it was H305. Either way, Alliance 3 won QF4-2 and QF4-3.
Now, in semis, 624, the Alliance Captain of Alliance 2, called a timeout due to one of their motor “smoking”, this is what I was told. 624 was sitting in queue fixing and replacing that motor but the timeout timer ran out. Their alliance partner 3847 and 7616 was already on the field when the timeout timer was over but 624 was still working on the bot. 624 continued to work on their bot for what looked like to be another timeout worth and they received no punishment.
I don’t think this is fair.
EDIT: I want to also mention, during the time after the timeout, the refs and FTAs we’re just sitting underneath the hub waiting. If Alliance 2 received a red card, Alliance 3 would have earned 15 district points for that and 5431 would have qualified for worlds.
I am an alum of 5431 but this post was made with no bias at all