Here’s a practice match with 2423, 246, and 6328. Ignore the bumper colors, 6328 is by themselves on red, while 2423, 246, and 6328’s crab bot are on blue. (Note that 246 is playing offense and is not taking part in our crazy fouling.)
The first half of the video is mostly normal, but watch for when 6328 goes into the blue loading zone and my alliance starts fouling on purpose. Would love to know how many fouls this actually is on both alliances lmao
EDIT: fouls if it was hypothetically a real match, and thank you 246 and 6328 for such a fun practice today!!!
EDIT 2: my teammate wants y’all to know that they were waving a deflated cube like a referee flag at 2423 for the entire match.
The numberless robot in red bumpers seems to committing quite a few fouls. The number and type would depends on whether it is actually playing as a red robot or a blue one.
This happens in “real” Practice Matches also. Referees don’t even try to call fouls in those, or if they do it is just to test the scoring panels. I’ve also seen FTAs press panel buttons as fast as possible during Practice Matches, to test them, or to create amusing/ridiculous audience displays.
During practice matches in the last few years we’ve been using them as rehearsals for the real thing. Practice matches for the referees are the only time you get on the field to also practice working together and making sure that you’re finding edge cases and continuing to understand the rules before qualification matches start.
Gone are the days of Thursday practice matches with no referees or fouls - and it’s been that way since at least 2019 in my area.
At regionals, the zebras tend to use the practice day as practice, too. Also a chance to correct certain behaviors before some excited kid gets their team a real yellow card by doing a running jump over the rail.
Most HRs I know would stick with a yellow unless it was particularly bad, for a first offense of that nature.
@Wayne_Doenges The penalty structure is actually:
First offense, warning–H104.
Second offense, Yellow Card–H104.
Third offense, second Yellow Card (Red Card result).
Egregious violations–e.g. jumping–skip the warning and go straight to cards, and like I said most HRs would start with yellow, particularly on practice day.