I like your interpretation; I’m not a supervisor but if I were, I’d come to the same conclusion. The rules elsewhere are more explicit as to what constitutes a failed run; in the spirit of kindness there’s no reason to expand on that definition. I think some policy explicitly states that ES should always take the more lenient scoring interpretation (applied consistently to all teams, of course).I have posted this question on the official FAQ quite a while ago but have not had a response. The second sentence in 3i states that the vehicle must pass the span to continue its run. I feel that this may be interpreted by a judge that if a marble were to fall short of a span and fall into a lower level and continue its run that this could be called a failed run. I have seen this happen on many devices but it has always been allowed to finish and the only penalty is they lose the gap and whatever time they lose because of the missed jump. I am interested in what the consensus would be on the interpretation of this rule. I don't want to get to regionals and find out then that that judge is going to run the event with this interpretation.
I am not sure why this is up for interpretation. You are right. There are only 4 ways the run should end (under rules competition K)Spp- I am a coach and event supervisor, and I have been doing this since SO began. I have seen judges interpret rules in a way that will benefit their team at invitationals, regionals, and at state, and I think if this rule isn't clarified then that is leaving the door open to have this happen. The rule could even be interpreted that if your device isn't designed so that if you vehicle doesn't make the jump it will not continue on the track, then your device could be tiered even if it was a successful jump. At this late date I am for allowing a missed jump that is fortunate enough to finish its run to count. The punishment of the time cost and the loss of the jump should be enough. It's a shame that some supervisors are capable of bending the rules to benefit their teams but I have seen it happen too often. I was even apprehensive about broaching the subject because I was worried about planting the seed. I do have to say that the vast, vast majority of individuals working on these events with the students are not capable of this, they are the best of what we are capable of. If you think this could be a problem, submit an FAQ so we can avoid a hardworking student getting burned by the rules.
It would have placed about 3rd to 5th in the three SoCal invitationals that I am aware of. Steel marble about 4mg of weight.Does anyone know the best ball to use (size or type), the ball I am using can only get me about 29-30cm of gaps. With this distance do you think that placing is possible in the New York/Pennsylvania area tournaments? Max score overall possible is about 240.
(I edited this after i had my tech day and realized how inconsistent 100cm was.My partner and I close to finish building a design that will have up to 80-90cm in gap distances, has anyone seen one with anything more than this or do you think we'll be good for most tournaments i,e. Cornell, NY States, etc. Although this does have consistency issues.
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