No they cannot, because the pedestal is within the human player zone behind the driver station. The human players on the sides of the arena cannot retrieve this ball, only the human player behind the driver stations. Also, the human player cannot pass it to another human player, it must be inbounded directly into the zone nearest them.
Please see section 3.2.7 of the rules for further information. And make sure your human players know that section like the back of their hand.
I assume the image in the bottom left is only legal because the robot must not be “intentionally” trying to extend out of the field? I’m talking about G21 in this instance. The only time you can extend outside of the field is if it’s not on purpose.
ROBOTS may not extend outside the FIELD.
Violation: If intentional or if ROBOT extends into the SAFETY ZONE, FOUL. If continuous or repeated violations, TECHNICAL FOUL. If contact with anything outside the SAFETY ZONE, RED CARD and the ROBOT will be DISABLED.
I’m still a bit confused on the G40 rule. Does the robot have to be a certain distance from the Human Player Zone (a distance which I don’t see defined by the manual)? How do I know the robot is a safe distance from my position?
As I understand it, the bottom left image is OK because the human player has not extended a body part into the Safety Zone–the yellow two-inch infinitely tall volume marked by the yellow tape on the size of the human barrier. See the explanation in Team Update for Feb. 18 as updated by March 4 Update.
Chairman’s Award is not about building the robot. Every team builds a robot.