At the risk of asking a stupid question, are teams allowed to make the main color of their bumpers any color we want? For the past 4 years we’ve done white numbers with black outline, and never raised an eye…However one of our local teams pointed out that the rules specify that the outline must be white.
R29,A consist of Arabic numerals at least 4 in. (~11 cm) high, at least ½ in. (~13 mm) in stroke
width, and be either white in color or outlined in white with a minimum 1/16 in. (~2 mm) outline
So we were considering making black numbers with an outline of white, but no one on my team can recall ever seeing a team with numbers other than white. Can someone confirm that it is legal to have bumper number any color we want? We see no rule specifying the main color has to be white.
Honestly I haven’t been in FRC for very long but Im assuming that as long as your numbers are legible and not crazy looking. It’ll be fine, if anything it would be up to the LRI on if the bumpers are legal and if you can clearly read the numbers then you should be fine.
Any color numbers, even tie-dye, are legal, so long as they are outlined in white.
Your biggest concern is making sure the numbers are easily readable, even from the nosebleed seats. You never know where other team’s scouts may be, and you want them to be able to identify your team when you do something good!
On year we did yellow numbers. To our surprise when we got to competition we were told they needed to be white or white outlined, so attempted to outline our numbers with white paint and little mini screwdrivers that Thermoking gave us to hand out.
How I read that part is that it can be either white, or outlined in white, but it doesn’t make it clear To me that if you have white number, you can have black outline. Forgive me if I’m wrong. @MikLast
As the rules are written, the black outline would not be part of your numbers and therefore an illegal marking on the bumper. That said… that part of the rule that doesn’t seem to be that heavily enforced.
Q210 Are their any restrictions to the outline color on white colored numbers on bumpers R29. Team numbers must be displayed and positioned on the BUMPERS such . . . . A. consist of Arabic numerals at least 4 in. (~11 cm) high, at least ½ in. (~13 mm) in stroke width, and be either white in color or outlined in white with a minimum 1/16 in. (~2 mm) outline If the number color is white, are there any restrictions on the outline color? can the outline be Black? Gold? Silver? the opposite of the bumper color (red/blue)? Is this an inclusive or exclusive OR?
Per R29 numbers must either be white (i.e. the whole number is white) or outlined in white. There is no provision for white numbers outlined in another color