Jack’s Judgements

Official Rulings by the Australian FLL Head Referee

Last Updated 11:49 pm on 15/10/2018

Important Note:

These are official rulings that apply to all FLL tournaments in Australia. However, they can be overruled by official updates from FIRST (found here). Check regularly for updates.

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Judgement #1: M01 (Space Travel)

Question: Does the payload cart have to actually travel over the first connection?

Ruling: My initial thought was, yes! However, when I looked at the actual mission on an actual field, I saw a difficult but still permissible option that leads me to answer: No. However, the payload cart must be traveling independently while in contact with any point of the ramp East of the first connection


Judgement #2: M04 (Crater Crossing)

Question: M04 says “All weight-bearing features of the crossing equipment must cross *completely between the towers.” Does “Between the towers” have a height limit? i.e. do the weight-bearing features have to fit under the flag?

Ruling: Although the image shown suggests there may be a height restriction, my answer is: There is an infinite height limit when crossing the craters between the towers.


Judgement #3: M04 (Crater Crossing)

Question:Does the crossing equipment have to actually touch the craters?

Ruling: M04 doesn’t mention a requirement for the weight-bearing elements to actually touch the craters. Therefore, there is no need for the crossing equipment to actually make contact during the trip.


Judgement #4: M04 (Crater Crossing)

Question:What constitutes “Crossing Equipment” in M04? Can I park a robot on the West side of the Crater and use an arm to pull/push the crossing equipment across from the East?

Ruling :I love it when teams think outside the box! So keep that up! However, sometimes there are no valid answers there… as is the case here. “Crossing Equipment” is the piece of equipment actively crossing the craters AND anything connected to or touching this equipment. In the case mentioned above the arm becomes part of the crossing equipment, as does the robot to which it is connected. The robot has weight-bearing features that have NOT crossed the craters, therefore zero points would be awarded for the mission.


Judgement #5: R12 (Storage)

Question: What happens if a team’s robot is too big to fit on the supplied table at the Robot Game? What is “approved storage”?

Ruling: Teams should ensure that all Equipment stays in sight of the referee. Teams are allowed to bring their own table (or stand) to use at the Robot Game. However, if the table is judged to be too large for the competition area, then it will not be allowed. If possible, tournaments should provide the option of a second table, but this is not guaranteed.

“Approved Storage” is anything that meets these criteria.


Judgement #6: R01 – R08 (Equipment, Storage and People)

Question: Some Australian FLL Tournaments will be trialling new ways of judging the Robot Game, with the option of this happening at the competition table before the first run. How does this work with R1 – R08?

Ruling: For “Into Orbit”, Australia will be piloting some changes to the FLL Robot Design judging. Instead of going to a judging room, Teams will have 7.5 minutes to present their robots to judges at the competition table, prior to their first robot round. Teams are allowed to bring whatever material they need to this session – posters, engineering notebooks, programming printouts etc.

Normally, teams are restricted to a single robot at a competition table and may not bring computers to the tables at all. Per the referee training, we did originally say no second robot at the table – HOWEVER, upon further reflection, they can bring the laptop/iPad and second robot for the 7.5 minute session with the judge PRIOR to the match.  THEN, someone from the team (adult or student) must take any extra robots or laptop/iPad AWAY from the table area immediately and back to the pits or other designated area.  Under no circumstances can the computer or second robot stay at the table for the competition run.