Our vendor thought the intent with the HIGH GOALS was to have the outside corners powder coated red or blue to match the rest of the HIGH GOAL. This is contrary to the instructions we provided the vendor, but we feel the schedule risk to correct this issue is not worth the potential benefit. We have updated the images throughout the manual to reflect the current situation. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience teams experience because of this change.
The images in the manual previously showed parts of the high goal(specifically, the square around the arcs on the ends) not having their corners powdercoated. That was FIRST’s intention in the design. The vender they contracted to make them did not due that, and instead powdercoated the entire thing. They modified the manual to reflect that.
If you compare these two pictures, you can see the difference at the corners of the HIGH GOALS. The updated game manual specifications now include the colored corners, whereas the field shown was how the GDC originally intended the field to look.
The kicker here is, we initially had someone suggest that but was rejected for being extremely too unreliable and difficult-to-control. We don’t usually reject ideas without at least trying it, but this did kinda hit one of the exception clauses for that almost on the mark…