Q: Would the robot mechanism just be the 18" x 18" body measured at the beginning of the game? Or would it also include extensions, and if so all extensions or just certain ones?
A: Any thing that is designed to manipulate the game piece I.E. a roller on top of the ball would be legal. A net put around the ball is illegal, so is a plow that the ball would go 3" in.
Q: We are requesting a clarification for the following rule: “The game piece may not enter more than 3 inches inside the robot mechanisms.” Originally the rule read “robot perimeter” (which we thought we understood) but the new rule leaves some room for interpretation.
A: The objective of that rule is to prevent one robot from completely controlling the ball IE a net around the ball. Attached is a VERY rough image that i hope will clear any confusion
Q: Can a Human Player use the ball as a defensive element?
A: No, the ball may not be used to interfere with opponents IE rolling the ball to hit an opposing robot or using the ball to knock another ball from opposing robots. Any intentional use of the ball for this reason will be counted as a “intentional harm to robot” or “intentional harm to game piece” foul