This whole not taller than six feet in the opposing alliance’s home stretch has got to be sorted out fairly quickly. How else is one supposed to get the trackball down from that side without encurring a penalty:confused: I read the intent of the GDC as not designing robots to prevent scoring of bonus points by blocking. a.k.a. the the rule from ‘Aim High’ preventing teams from extending and blocking shots on goal via a tall mechanism. My reading is that this particular rule is meant for that purpose and not to penalize teams who are attempting to get their trackball down from the overhead ladder thingy.
P.S. As Coach Norm wrote, we were testing an old robot on the field built for the local kick-off here in San Antonio. The field was built by a group of craftsmen sworn to secrecy by FIRST. We hosted the event in our school’s auditorium so after every other team had time on the field and took delivery of their kits, the field was ours to experiment upon. We also paid for the materials for the construction of this field. So the expenses and time put into planning and hosting a local kick-off pay dividends in this regard:)