I truly apologize for making this post. We have never had aggressive defense played on us before and I reacted poorly. The teams that played defense on us did nothing wrong and because I did not understand all of the rules of the game, that is my fault. In hind-sight I should have taken the aggressive defense as a compliment that the opposing alliance saw us as a threat. Even an “old” guy like me has lessons to learn in life.
Last week we competed in the Wilsonville, Oregon District event and we were totally caught off guard. This is my third year as a mentor, and I was shocked at what this year’s game entailed. During our first quarter’s final match one of the opposing alliance team members came at us. They pounded on us and eventually disabled our team’s robot. To my surprise the refs did nothing. The response we received from Oregon FIRST (ORTop) says FIRST has decided to let anything go this year regarding defense, as long as you make bumper to bumper contact.
For some of you this may sound like fun. For those of us who are trying to teach kids about STEM this is not fun. We designed a robot to complete the games tasks, not to inflict damage to other robots. So basically we have created a $5,500 pinata that is being used by FIRST as entertainment. I am hopeful FIRST will see the error of their ways and will decide to return to the games that promote learning and gracious professionalism.
For those of you that have built a defensive only robot, show a little class. Play defense, but don’t try to damage the robot that another team has worked so hard to build.