C8. Don’t expect to gain by doing others harm. Strategies clearly aimed at forcing the opposing
ALLIANCE to violate a rule are not in the spirit of FIRST Robotics Competition and not allowed.
Rule violations forced in this manner will not result in an assignment of a penalty to the targeted
Violation: FOUL. If egregious or repeated during the MATCH, YELLOW CARD.
In the past few days, we’ve seen multiple C8 violations in the Israeli district with referees granting the fouls to the teams being harmed instead of those harming, in my opinion. For example, during the Israeli District 3 Finals 3 game, our team (4338) was pushed twice over the center line by the other alliance’s defender, causing us to temporarily have two “defenders” on the other side and giving us a foul. The winner trophies were already given by the time we reached the question box, so the referees were reluctant to agree with us / call for a replay.
Another example would be in the Finals 3 game of Israel District 4, where team 7039 was pushed in a similar matter, twice during one game, (even more violent in this case) over the line and ended up receiving foul points for having two defenders even though it was pretty obvious, in my opinion, that the opposing alliance was pushing them with “strategies clearly aimed at forcing the opposing ALLIANCE to violate a rule”… See this video
At this point it seems like the defending teams are being rewarded for breaking C8 because the referees are giving the fouls to the teams being harmed — as pointed by our mentor, we may as well just mount metal bumpers on our bot and start pushing robots over the line to get points (sarcasm but still). If anything, shouldn’t they be granted a yellow card for repeating this more than once in the match?
Could it be possible that the referees at the competition are not aware of C8? If so, how should we approach the subject at the upcoming district championship?—should we bring it up in the drivers meeting? Contact FIRST Israel through our mentor? Do you have any ideas? Have you experienced something similar?