[FRC Blog] More Event Rules Updates

Posted on the FRC Blog, 12/21/17: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/more-event-rules-updates

More Event Rules Updates

Written by Frank Merrick, 2017 DEC 21.

A few years ago, we did away with the Administrative Manual for *FIRST *Robotics Competition, opting instead to put most of the information that had been in that manual right on the website. The idea was that much of the Administrative Manual was ‘evergreen’ in that the information and rules rarely changed from season to season, so it made little sense to keep them locked away and secret like the game rules.

That doesn’t mean they never change, however! We made a change to our anthems rules earlier this week, and we have made a few other tweaks – either modifying an existing rule or moving rules (this time from the game manual) to the page with the events rules and expectations. We move rules from the game manual to the event rules page when we feel it’s a better fit.

Here’s a list of rules that have been added or modified:

  • E02 (detail from 2017’s S01 incorporated and the shoes and hair rules broken out to E02-1 and E02-2)
  • E02-1 (new, formerly part of E02)
  • E02-2 (new, formerly part of E02)
  • E14-4 (new, formerly 2017’s C06)
  • E14-5 ((new, formerly 2017’s C07)

Also (sad trombone) there will be no place on the field this year for team banners to be hung. So this element has been deleted from the event rules. You remember team banners, those cool team flags you got to hang over your player stations when you were competing? This doesn’t mean team banners are going away from the field forever! I for one thought they were pretty neat*. It’s just that they won’t really fit well with this year’s game. But if you have a banner, don’t get rid of it! Who knows – they may return to the field some year! **And **even though you won’t be able to bring your banners to the field, you can still do things like display them in your pits.

Also note that it’s team *banners *that are going away for this year, not team flags. *Banners *are what you could hang over your player stations in 2017. *Flags *are what teams create to show their pride and have the MC wave as she is introducing teams on the field. You should still bring your flags to events!


*I would even go so far as to say neato, which as you know is serious

It’s just that they won’t really fit well with this year’s game.

Wonder if this means thematically it doesn’t fit, or there is something positioned above the driver stations that physically prevent placing banners there. (e.g. 2013 or 2014)

My gut instinct tells me there is an overhead scoring element again, similar to Aerial Assist or other over-the-driverstation games. I just hope it’s not the robots that have to climb that high … :yikes:

Don’t worry, you just have to pick up a less than rigid inflated coin and place in the narrow slot, you don’t have to climb up there unless that is your strategy.

Looking at you, Logomotion. ::rtm::

Technicians ?!

I think a giant ape will be positioned up there, throwing barrels at our robots.

E02-1. All team members must wear closed toed/heeled shoes

Guess it is time to find a shoemaker to attach some heels to my sneakers…

Typed “closed toed heeled shoes” into google.

I better get some now and start practicing.

edit: ^ Nice safety shoe!

Can Limelight identify the giant ape? :wink:

I think that’s a reference to Crocs.

Logomotion redux with new improved technician driven minibots.

Good riddance.

The developers said they will adjust the algorithm for the game if that is required. Plus if so he will have a giant retro-reflective belt.

We’ve been training a neural network against King Kong footage.



or FTA? :confused:

How is one supposed to do the cotton eyed joe in these?

To quote one of my former students who was asked “how do you run in heels!?”:

“Like a boss”.

I’m counting on Frank making all 2018 giant apes wear a vest like the one in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8WmtixpNbI :smiley:

Guess it is time to find a shoemaker to attach some heels to my sneakers…

How about these?