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    Is it possible to drop the balls into the baskets (with a claw or such) instead of throwing/tossing them in?

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    Re: Drop instead of throw?

    As far as I've read, you can drop balls, but it's a risk because you have to be in contact with opponents key.

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    • #3
      Re: Drop instead of throw?

      Due to the appendage restraint of 14 inches outside of the robot perimeter and the maximum height of the robot (60in), you would be unable to reach the top basket. Otherwise it seems to be completely legal.

      UPDATE: Your robot will not be able to reach the robot (horizontally) due to the 14 inch distance and the -3 inches for the bumpers. It seems you have to shoot.
      Last edited by CPraither2660; 01-09-2012, 07:10 PM. Reason: Update

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      • #4
        Re: Drop instead of throw?

        Originally posted by Jessika View Post
        As far as I've read, you can drop balls, but it's a risk because you have to be in contact with opponents key.
        What am I missing? Your key is on the same side of the field as your hoops, and with a 14" max reach you're not reaching the hoops from the key (12' away) anyway.
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        • #5
          Re: Drop instead of throw?

          2.2.4 of the arena layout will make it difficult to drop them. Maybe you could drop them into the low basket if you started high enough and gave it a push too.

          A Fender is located directly below the Hoops at each end of the Court. The Fender is designed to protect the Hoops from damage by Robots. The Fender is 38-3/4 in. deep by 101 in. wide and measures 8-1/4 in. tall at the front, and 10-1/4 in. tall at the back against the Alliance Wall.

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          • #6
            Re: Drop instead of throw?

            Originally posted by zorakgt View Post
            2.2.4 of the arena layout will make it difficult to drop them. Maybe you could drop them into the low basket if you started high enough and gave it a push too.

            A Fender is located directly below the Hoops at each end of the Court. The Fender is designed to protect the Hoops from damage by Robots. The Fender is 38-3/4 in. deep by 101 in. wide and measures 8-1/4 in. tall at the front, and 10-1/4 in. tall at the back against the Alliance Wall.
            Given the 39" fender, the 10" appendage reach (14" is from the frame perimeter) and the 22" hoop depth, it seems like you have 5-6" from the end of your appendage to the front of the hoop. Even if it's a suction cup, the center of the ball looks to be 1-2" short of the rim.

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            • #7
              Re: Drop instead of throw?

              Originally posted by RSaunders View Post
              Given the 39" fender, the 10" appendage reach (14" is from the frame perimeter) and the 22" hoop depth, it seems like you have 5-6" from the end of your appendage to the front of the hoop. Even if it's a suction cup, the center of the ball looks to be 1-2" short of the rim.
              Check your math again, and reread 2.2.4. for the size of the hoop and its relation to the backboard. Also consider that the backboard is a board that is attached to the wall with a frame, while the fender is up against the wall.

              Given the size of the ball, I think a ball on a fully extended appendage could have its center at or slightly past the rim of the basket.

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