Q254 Technician use of battery powered Drill/Driver
Q: Can the Drive team technician use a battery powered drill/driver with hex nut to retract a mechanism on the robot at end of match once they are cleared to enter the field (Note: Robot will not be enabled).
A: As stated in the Blue Box of !G2, “The safety of teams and volunteers in close proximity to ROBOTS and ARENA elements on the FIELD is of the utmost importance, therefore ROBOTS or ROBOT COMPONENTS may not be energized or powered in any way on the FIELD once the MATCH has concluded.” Using a battery powered drill/driver to retract a mechanism on the robot is considered “powering” the mechanism.
I haven’t seen any discussion of this ruling that was handed down by the GDC last week. Unless I’m fabricating memories, I know in previous years teams have used hand drills to set-up and/or remove their robot from the field. This year, this will not be legal. Thoughts?