Obviously this comes with the caveat that of course we don’t officially know next years rules, but this is assuming robots will be required to have bumpers, and the rules will be generally the same as the past few seasons.
Are bumper frames legal? I have had conversations with numerous people over the years about this and have heard both sides argued. Despite the pages of bumper rules in the robot section every year, it is obviously still not clear enough what is and isn’t legal for bumpers, and specifically their frames or their mounting methods for some.
I have created some basic graphics below to show some different examples of bumper frames, just to cover some of the most common debated parts. I have numbered 1, 2, 3, and ask you to say whether you think each picture is legal or illegal, and explain why.
In the pictures below, the grey area represents a generic WCD frame jsut for an example. For the sake of this conversation, all of the frame parts of the bumper rules are legal (no gaps bigger than 8", blah blah blah, the robot frame is not the focus of this post.)
The blue area represents the bumpers itself (the 3/4" wood, the pool noodles, and the fabric).
The transparent red areas represent the hypothetical bumper frame possibilities. This is what this discussion is about.
If you have any actual examples that are similar to any of the pictures below, I would love to see them and hear whether they were considered legal or not at the events it was competed at with. I have seen real versions of all three of the below examples before and seen them be decided legal and illegal in the past.
LRI’s opinions and feedback would also be super welcome of course, as you all are generally the one’s deciding what is and is not legal to play with.
If you have other bumper frame setups that you are unsure about the legality of, make a similar drawing to the one posted and we can all discuss yours as well.
Let the debate commence!