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Please before going to your regional event(s) read the following document about event occurrences!

FIRST: In The Know!

“There are no … re-matches.”

is this a new rule for this year? In the past matches were played over in certain circumstances, even in the semifinals.

I remember one, two years ago I think. A team did not want their bot to run during auton mode, so they told their human player to not stand on the control mat.

The ref standing nearby told him he had to stand on the mat, and having auton mode run messed up their strategy. The ref didnt realize they didnt want the HP to stand on the mat.

After the match the team complained, and the whole match was replayed.

Maybe you mean something else by ‘rematch’? or is this a new rule?

Good post, lots of good information there for rookies and even for vets.

IRT #2:
I don’t know about the rematch rule, but at FLR there wasnt a single rematch despite a clearly incorrect decision. A few calls were clearly wrong and should’ve been changed, but since “all head-ref decisions are final”, they weren’t. Oh well im not complaining, what’s past is past. Seems like week 1 was a big week to learn for everyone

The no-rematches rule was in effect last year. The only time that there was a redo was where something failed on the field (the balls didn’t dump, etc.)

2003 at buckeye a very similar thing happened to my team (what you’re describing may have been us, it was the semifinals, there was a giant thread about it). There a ton of confusion about whether it was the ref’s fault (the ref either stepped on the mat, or told the HP too) or the teams fault (they switched control stations accidentally setting off the wrong auton, or just didn’t see things right), and by the time they got to the point where they made the call to run a rematch, there really wasn’t anything that could be done to be fair to both sides, so they did the best they could at the time. It was specifically stated in the rules that there will be not rematches, but the ref thought it to be the most fair thing to do at the time. So it seems that the ref’s desicion overrode the rules in this case. I’m won’t go into any more detail unless prompted, as I’m probably a bit biased.


Remember, this document is not comprehensive. It appears to be only a summary of general trends and expectations. The rules, the updates and the Q&As are the only official documents, and even then, unfortunately for us all, sometimes these contradict each other or lack crucial information, and force the officials to adopt unpublished positions on controversial issues.

Case in point: there are time-outs and rematches. Time-outs only exist in elimination rounds, between matches, as explained in <T04>, but may be used for any reason, including to prolong a scoring dispute (whether the officials will put up with you for the extra six minutes is another matter); rematches only occur when a field fault occurs, per <T11> (and never only because of a scoring dispute). The document is informing people that time-outs and rematches are not intended to be used for a scoring dispute, rather than saying that these things cannot happen.

I think its great that Dez went to all the trouble of creating this one page summary, esp for rookie teams

Im a little concerned, that if this is not an official FIRST document some teams will think it is, and might be mislead, make a wrong decision, get really upset “I was told there are no time-outs…”

Maybe Dez should add a disclaimer that it is only a generalized summary and not an official FIRST document?

It’s an official FIRST document. Came in an email blast.

This is a real problem with the format of this year’s rules–they don’t spell out what’s official (as in, canonical and enforceable), versus what’s informative (but not a valid basis for a ruling).

From communicating with a FIRST representative (Mr. Jost, of the Engineering dept.), we’ve established that the latest rules .pdfs (e.g. Section_3_The_Arena_rev_A.pdf) are official, as are the latest team updates, e-mail blasts (if any exist dealing with rule changes), and the most recent Q&A responses. Things like summaries, the 2005 FIRST Pneumatics Manual and the Guidelines, Tips and Good Practices don’t constitute FIRST’s official position, and inspectors and referees will not act upon them. (Mr. Jost says, “The Pneumatics Manual, and Tips and Guidelines documents are not official rules. They are only guidelines to help teams.”) Similarly, the supplementary documents (layouts, drawings, etc.) are only official if they are referenced in an official source (e.g. 3.1.1 references the field layout drawings).

Basically, as this relates to the summary in question, even though FIRST wrote it, officials should not consider its contents when making a ruling.