2017 KIPR Open FAQ

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Q. Just checking some rules...
The ball tee (4 inch green carpet piece) can lay on a board that is no thicker than 1/2 inch and is itself sitting on the tee - yes or no?
A. Yes, and can total as much as 1" high after attaching the carpet (Scoring Rules (g): "Teams may use either the supplied 4" square carpet sample or one of their own design so long as it is no more than 1" high and will fit in a 4" x 4" square").

A team member can pick a ball from the tee bucket and place it on the driver bot, but not necessarily on the ball tee - yes or no?
A. No (Game Play 6. "When the driver robot is static (not moving), the team can reset the ball tee flat on the surface of the upper start box and place a ball on it." This rule is now adjusted to apply to both upper and lower start boxes since there are tees in both. Assuming this question is from a close reading of Scoring Rule j "When a driver robot has ceased all movement, the team can reset the ball tee flat anywhere on the tee and position a ball from the tee's ball bucket on it", the pronoun "it" references the tee, not the bot.

The driver bot can autonomously place a ball on the ball tee if a ball is placed somewhere on the driver bot - yes or no?
A. There is no provision for placing balls on a bot, except for balls the teams dispenses from the ball dispenser onto a bot. Such a bot can do what it will with the balls, but should it return to the tee keep in mind Scoring Rule h, k, l, and m which deal with this scenario.

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Q. >
> We were not sure what was meant in the KIPR open rules by:
> "After game start, a robot or independent structure intersecting the volume of a tee cannot extend more than 12" over the fairway (this does not apply to the rough or the out of bounds areas)."
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> Is it scenario 1 or 2 in the diagram?
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> Thanks,
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> Norman Advanced Robotics

[ the diagram shows a structure extending a long arm diagonally out of the upper start box but is within 12" orthogonally. scenario 1 is that this is not a rule violation and scenario 2 is that is is a rules violation]

A. As diagrammed, the structure does not violate the rule (i.e., scenario 1). Think in terms of there being a virtual wall 12" into the fairway that is of indefinite height and is parallel to the tee (this applies to both upper and lower tees). A robot/structure intersecting a tee has to stay behind the virtual wall during the game. Note that if a robot has a reach of more than 12", there is the possibility for the robot to make a maneuver that violates the 12" rule (by turning, raising, lowering, or something just giving way).

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Are the driver bots in the start box required to hit the ball into the field. i.e. could they pick the ball up and place it in a hopper or container instead?

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The 6" dispenser seems very big. Elsewhere you say the ball dispenser was "slightly enlarged". Is the official dispenser actually 6" in diameter?

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Q. Are the driver bots in the start box required to hit the ball into the field. i.e. could they pick the ball up and place it in a hopper or container instead?
A. As per Scoring Rule (k) "Any balls on a tee other than one placed on the ball tee must be returned to the tee's ball bucket unless doing so would require manipulating an independent structure (remember that positioning a ball or ball tee cannot be used for manipulation); i.e., only one ball at a time can be in play on a tee." So to answer your question, this means that if the proverbial hopper or container leaves the ball located within the volume of the tee (start box), you would have to remove the ball back to the ball bucket. Note that if the hopper or container in question is outside the volume of the tee, the driver robot is free to pick up the ball you've place on the ball tee and deposit it rather than hit it.

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Q. The 6" dispenser seems very big. Elsewhere you say the ball dispenser was "slightly enlarged". Is the official dispenser actually 6" in diameter.
A. In testing with the initial mock up for the game board, only the 4" dispenser used for Botball was available and it was determined that the golf balls would stick in it. Therefore, the official dispenser needs to be be larger, although perhaps not as large as 6" depending on the tube size the KIPR staff is able to acquire for GCER. In any event the same design used for Botball will be used for the KIPR Open board, but will be larger so that the balls will drop without jamming it. Note that as per Game Play (11) "During the game, a team member can turn the lever on the ball dispenser to release golf balls, whether to fall to the surface or to an independent structure, robot or otherwise. This action cannot touch or manipulate a robot in any way, and cannot be done in any manner designed to manipulate how the golf balls come out of the dispenser other than to drop out the bottom." The intent is for the team to be able to reliably dispense balls from the hopper. This contrasts to the Botball game, where only a robot can manipulate the hopper.

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