I like this because it allows alliances to have the robots ditch the baskets and go for the higher worth bridge points during the final 30 seconds. Rather than fighting over those last points to attempt to tip the balance, the robots would race to the bridges and have the humans attempt to tip the balance.
You are not going to be taking “basketball” type shots over 57 ft you will be throwing the balls over hand like a football or a javelin like the previous person mentioned. You will be lucky to see 1 ball go in per regional, thats qualifying and elimination matches.
What does s/he think with practicing these shots? Those I’ve talked to say there are so many differences from actual basketball (ball size and density, etc) that it’s less than helpful. This was also the case in 2006 and even 2009. If you can make them, more power to you. For the rest of us, I’m willing to bet that most big end game climaxes will come from (triple) robot balancing.
Edit: Mathking and Eric, good point. This actually seems more realistic (albeit as far as this goes)
I used to play basketball with him during our freshman year, and I would remember us attempting to make 1/2 or even 3/4 court shots. I of course couldn’t make it, for I wasn’t good with throwing with one hand, but I am sure he did…
But even with that, I would be so ready to hear the teams go “OOOOOHHHHH” over the triple robot balances!!!
I think there will be more than one or two made shots per regional, though that is dependent on how many shots humans take. One thing I think is that some teams with someone capable of making shots will commit a basic strategy error, and “save” balls for the human player that might otherwise get to a robot and shot with far more accuracy.
I am also amending my list to include soccer goal keepers. Who actually practice throwing (rather than shooting) a round ball a long distance. Mechanically, you will want a release point close to or above the wall. Which means that a tall basketball player will probably have an advantage.
My thoughts on the GDC making that decision were PRETTY ambivalent…
My fun part of my brain said:
“YESS, humans can SCORE, more points for US!!!”
My moral part of my brain said:
“Wouldn’t this be degrading the amazing spirit and intention of FIRST, where people could build ROBOTS to do people’s work, thus learning a technology and engineering mentality students can use in the future to assist the human race?”
I know it is very exciting to win, but what would teams learn if people in the future would have to create robots that would require human assistance?
Oh, wait, I might have just made another point there…:o
I’m not going to be surprised if we don’t see a bounce shot into a low goal this season. Technically the 2006 low goals were harder to hit because you had to get the ball to go the length of the field and then roll up the ramp. If you threw too hard it would bounce of the top of the goal, too soft and it wouldn’t have enough to roll up the ramp.
How will balls thrown after or right at the end of a match be handled? Scores aren’t calculated until 5 seconds after the end of match so there’s a possibility of a thrown ball sneaking in to the final score
Robots get disabled at the very second of the end of a match… inbounders don’t.
Obviously it appears it won’t have much effect considering most agree not many balls will be scored, but still. It only takes one match for this to happen and it decide a match for it to matter.
Penalty for throwing balls onto the field after the end of match buzzer? Tough judgement call.
I don’t know, what do you guys think?