Early in the building season rule R6 was updated to forbid designing robots that are capable of shooting HATCH PANELS farther than a specified distance. Some questions about this rule change were asked and answered in the FRC Q&A (FRC Q&A - R6 related questions).
Was this rule enforced in competitions? I don’t have any specific example in mind, but I do remember seeing robots that were clearly able to shoot HATCH PANELS farther than is legal, doing so by accident on the playing field.
If the intent of this rule is to make sure that robots place HATCH PANELS instead of shooting them, it could have been just like the rule that does not allow robots to extend higher than the ALLIANCE DRIVER STATION. This rule forbids a certain behavior, but does not force teams to make their robot always comply with it (Robots could extent higher in regular play).
My point is that it seems that some teams really thought about this constraint when designing their hatch mechanism, while other did not, which I find problematic.
I’m curious to hear your thoughts and insights about it!