Personal Practice Field rules

We are contemplating practice field rules.
If any FRC teams out there have built or have access to a full practice field that is shared by other teams (1 or many), are there field rules that you post about use and safety?

There is a public practice field in Minneapolis, with some posted rules you can check out:

Thanks, those are some good base rules.
We have most of them.

Have there been any issues that lie outside those rules that have been contemplated that a new rule may be needed?

Maybe not what you’re looking for but:

Our team has a rule where if you violate any of the typical field rules (like stepping over the fence) you have to do 5 push ups. The number of push ups increases by 5 for every subsequent violation. Our reasoning is so we don’t pick up bad habits and accidentally violate the rules at competition.

As an aside, we have a similar rule for properly sorting waste (Recycling/Garbage) around the build space. Except because it’s almost impossible to catch a single student violating the rule, all students have to do push ups when someone improperly throws something out. It’s been a bit of a joke that we’ll show up to our first competition this year and simply intimidate everyone else by how “swole” the students have become.


Pushups are our go to mental enforcements of rules and expectations as well.
Maybe teams should have a competition on who had to enforce their rules more than the other team :slight_smile:

So, the most important thing we have learned is to keep people off the field when the robots are enabled. This is harder to practice than it sounds. The field seems to be a place where teams want to work on their bot to make adjustments and fix loose bolts that they find when practicing. So people tend to end up working on the field. While this is not explicitly forbidden when they are the only robot on the field, it does lead to people being on the field when other robots are enabled and running. We have implemented a system where the driver is responsible to announce when they are enabling a robot and everyone needs to clear the field. If someone stays on the field (say as a spotter to make sure the robot does not crash when practicing a lift or other delicate maneuver) that person needs to verbally acknowledge that the robot is enabled and it has to be clear that person is maintaining a safe distance and clear awareness of the robot during the maneuver. If a spotter is on the field, only one robot (the one he is spotting) is allowed to be operating.

Other good rules would involve the use of safety glasses, no horseplay, making sure there are not obstacles or loose tools on the field and so on.

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