Whether or not it’s a terrible idea, it’s coming. So we’ll just have to deal with it. Knowing that they HAVEN’T said how they’re going to handle stuff like withholding, spares, etc, that’s the area we get to work within.
If you defined “robot” right (as in using an at-the-time obsolete definition as the one that year was particularly unclear), it was one robot with two chassis components each with different capabilities. (The obsolete definition, from back when robots fell apart a lot, was that anything attached to the Robot Controller was the robot. The definition that year was “anything that has passed inspection that the team places on the field”.) If the bumpers hadn’t been off a bit, they’d have had one robot.
All right, back on topic.
Given: Build time limited by when teams have to leave for their events.
Given: No restrictions on when/how teams build until said limit.
ASSUME: At event, teams must leave their robots at the event–this to equalize things a little bit at the event, make things easier for long-travel teams.*
GOAL: Ensure that teams are even at competition as far as items brought in, extra robots, etc.
GIVEN: Any rule that requires compliance at the team’s shop is considered unenforceable.
IXX: All robots and robot parts must arrive during load-in periods, or if a team misses their load-in period, they must bring their robot and any spare FABRICATED parts at the same time. COTS parts and Raw Materials** may be brought in at any time. [Reason: Compliance with any other rules, and also to make it a little bit easier to enforce.]
IXY: Teams may only bring one Robot to each competition. [Reason: prevent second robots]
IXZ: Teams attending multiple competitions must have all of their inspection stickers from previous competitions still attached to the robot on arrival. [Reason: prevent using multiple competition robots]
NOTICE: In the event that the part the inspection sticker(s) is attached to is replaced between events, teams must relocate the sticker, document said relocation, and show the LRI.*** If the sticker is transferred to a second robot, the LRI will notify HQ, but no further action will be taken in the 2020 season. [This part is to allow teams to make changes involving that piece–tracked, but without repercussion. This part of the rule may be addressed for 2021 and beyond.]
IXZ: Teams may bring in: Their robot, its bumpers, and up to 100 lb of parts not attached to the robot, not counting COTS and Raw Materials. [limit the amount of spares just a little bit…Numbers subject to change]
Essentially, the goal is to encourage teams to only bring one robot to all their events, and to finish it at home rather than assembling at the event, without penalizing teams that have to finish building at the event.
*This is a current rule–I do see that becoming softened somewhat, say for charging batteries at home and the like.
**Raw Materials is defined as: any as-purchased item that is not a finished part. Raw Materials may be cut for transport without losing their Raw Material status.
***It would be helpful, for this particular case, if Inspection was supplied with a camera to document placement of the stickers/overall robot. Sticker placed, photo sent to HQ after matches one night via the field, drop the photos into LRI-access storage for later events.