I’ve been watching events today and noticing a startling trend of G20 calls all throughout the day. I’ve been watching primarily Buckeye, but I’m getting reports from people everywhere that referees are handing out yellow cards like they’re candy.
For reference, here’s G20:
And here’s a match where G20 was applied to a robot, team 695 on the red alliance: https://www.thebluealliance.com/match/2019ohcl_qm63
695 first crosses the field to play defense at 1:25, where they make contact with Team 5254. This is a high speed collision, and their bumpers do ride up on 5254’s, possibly making contact with items inside 5254’s frame perimeter. However, they do not incur any damage, and they don’t seem to be going inside 5254’s frame deliberately, so I can’t imagine this being the G20 instance. Regardless, the referee does wave their flag at the contact.
At 1:42 they make contact again and ride up 5254’s bumpers again. There is no flag waved until 11 seconds later when the head referee indicates a technical foul on 695. This appears to be a delayed call for the contact inside frame.
Neither of these contacts were damaging, neither were deliberately inside of frame. And yet 695 was given their second yellow card of the event here, and a red card for the match. Additionally, the blue box seems to indicate that this foul is largely intended for “elements outside frame perimeter”, of which 695 had none extended.
This is not a lone incident. Teams at Buckeye are afraid to play defense because of the ridiculously frequent yellow cards being given out.