I don’t know why the Game Designers required bumbers. Well, I do, but I thing it is pointless. Let teams decide if they want bumbers.
I like the rule… it helps to keep the robots safe from harm.
It is a good rule. Without bumpers you will probably have to make a really strong chassis and risk breaking it every time there is a defensive round. One of the major complains back in the day was robots breaking. I am sure you do not want to re-build your chassis before the final round of a regional because the play got a little rough. I am sure some of the older folks can tell you stories about such things. The rule is there for a very good reason. If you get creative, you can also save some weight on your chassis because of them.
Can someone close this thread and move the posts to the other one, please.