I’ll start off by saying that the Israeli districts to this point have been a virtual blood bath, which is generated mainly because of the way defensive rules are written this year, and an emphasis that is being put in the wrong places IMO.
The rules of the game are supposed to create a healthy balance between offense and defense which allows for defenders to be effective but does not enable them to run wild without any fear of consequences.
There are a few points that are related to the way Zone Specific Restrictions are written - like the fact a team can recieve countless fouls for having a ziptie’s edge outside their frame perimiter in the opposing alliances’ side (a 2-3 inch grace distance could be given upto the edge of their bumpers), but I would like to focus on one point that has to change - the way G9 and G13 are enforced:
G9 - One (1) defender at a time. No more than one ROBOT may be positioned such that its BUMPERS break the plane defined by or are completely beyond the opponent’s CARGO SHIP LINE.
G13 - Opponents in their HAB ZONE are off-limits. A ROBOT may not contact an opponent ROBOT if that opponent ROBOT’S BUMPERS are fully in their HAB ZONE.
The way the rules are at the moment allow for two things to occur:
- A robot deep inside the opposing alliance’s half is allowed to carelessly colide and disturb all offensive robots at full speed with almost no risk of receiving a foul for it’s precarious behavior, it does produce really close and tense matches but at a cost that is unacceptable - it deteriorates to battlebots like extreme violance that is both destractive for all robots involved and is also unpleasant to watch.
- The fact that an alliance is being penalized for having more than 1 robot with their bumpers crossing the other alliances cargo ship line creates a problematic situation in which the cargo bay closest to the center becomes a hunting ground for defending robots to try and push opponents to their half - as if it’s for defensive purposes, and force them to commit a foul, and then try to trap them in that position for as long as possible - it has been done countless times over the last 2 Israeli districts.
These two rules combined create a situation where it’s worthwhile to drive in a violant and wreckless way while committing unsportsmanlike actions in order to recieve significant advantages and win matches.
I suggest the following rule switch:
G9 - One (1) defender at a time. No more than one ROBOT may be positioned such that they are completely beyond the opponent’s CARGO SHIP LINE.
G13 - Opponents in their HAB ZONE are off-limits. A ROBOT may not contact an opponent ROBOT if that opponent ROBOT’S BUMPERS break the plane defined by or is completely beyond their HAB ZONE.
Watch Israel #3 and #4 playoff matches to see exactly what I’m talking about - specifically ISR #4 final 3 for the problem with G9 (http://www.twitch.tv/firstisrael/v/395302258?sr=a&t=15899s).
Israeli defense tends to be more violant than what you see in other places, but some lines have been crossed and no punishment has been given so far by our local referees, and things could escalate by the time the district championship comes…
I’ll be sending an email to FIRST directly regarding this issue, but would like for others to say what they think and help apply some pressure for things to be changed in this regard in case they’re in agreement with these thoughts.