Well, Sean, I did ask for all comments. While I would love it if everyone had nothing but good to say about Rally, that isn’t the case. There were obvious problems with it, I was hoping people would point them out.
About the refs- They were fill in’s and there were only 4 at that. We had several others who for various reasons had to bow out at the last moment, leaving us scrambling for refs. So, most of them were pulled off of 95 and given a quick crash course in reffing and sent out on the field (part of the reason we never worked well- everyone was filling in for others). Some had never been to a FIRST event. It was tough for everyone, the refs espically.
Now, in defense of the refs:
121, a lot of bots ended up flipped when against you. I think we can all agree on that. Something about your robot lends it’s self to tipping bots, and some were getting damaged because of it. People were complaining about it and the ref’s didn’t want to have damaged bots or to have to disable someone (121), because that was to difficult a call to make on the spot. So they had 121 remove the wedge to prevent any damage to other robots and the possibility of making an on the spot DQ.
I’m sorry you guys had a bad experience, The refs did their best to make a fair call and stick to the rules as best as possible. I think given the situation, they did fine. Its not as if they were out to get you guys, they just wanted to avoid DQing you or seeing a bot knocked out of finals because of a flip.
As for someone from another team yelling at you, I’m really sorry about that. We really hate to see our event turned into a controversy, and teams arguing amongst each other just makes it even worse. I’m sorry this stuff happened, I really am. We really feel bad that you were coming all the way up here just for an off season event and you had a sour time.
I do hope you come back next year.
PS, blame the cables on FIRST, they sent us plenty of 25 pin male to males, but no 15 pin male to males arggg! Not to mention never bothered to give us the password to the scoring database.
edit: silly spelling and such fixed