The Battle (5 minutes Running Time)

There are two ways that you can have a battle:-

With Rough
First Period. Goal buttons are lit and you get points for hitting them. 2 minutes
First Break. The clans get tactics organised and the comentators discuss the action with the crowd. Comentators explaining the rough should also be done. 1 minute
The Rough. Goal buttons are not lit, no points can be scored by hitting them. This is when clans really go into combined attack mode and try to nail the other clans best robot. 1 minute
Second Break Clans try to figure out how to win. Maybe they'r down to two robots and ahead on points. Or they could be behind on points but have all three bots mobile. Lots of combinations here. 1 minute
The Final. Goal buttons are lit and you get points for hitting them again This is the last chance to put on a good number of points. You'd better have your tactics right. 2 minutes
Without Rough
First Period. Goal buttons are lit and you get points for hitting them. 2 minutes 30 seconds
The Break. The clans get tactics organised and the comentators discuss the action with the crowd. Comentators explaining the rough should also be done. 2 minutes
The Final. Goal buttons are lit and you get points for hitting them again This is the last chance to put on a good number of points. You'd better have your tactics right. 2 minutes 30 seconds

Its up to the event organisor to decide which type of battle they are running. Running with the rough will be more fun and probably more entertaining but the change in format could confuse the crowd. Comentators will need to be able to explain the change.

How To Play
The action always starts or restarts with a
Count In. Every time that a point is scored or penalty points are given the referee will call a Freeze (hands are immediately removed from transmitters) and announce the points. During the count in robots must be moved back to their own halves. The referee will also call a freeze to end a period of battle.

Who Won
Under supervision of technical staff robots will be cleared from the arena. The score is not confirmed by the referee until both clan captains have raised any protests and video evidence has been reviewed if required. The referee may then revise the score in light of this. If the score is tied then the referee will reach a decision based on Fair Play points, aggressive team work and visible damage, an additional point is awarded to break the tie. The score is confirmed and the winning clan declared. There will be no change to the score after it has been confirmed no matter what evidence is seen at a latter stage, the decision is now final.

The referee and both clan captains will have gas klaxons (if you havn't got klaxtons then whistles will do at a pinch). The referee uses their klaxon to call an end of period or to a call a Freeze. A Freeze is used to announce each point or penalty that is awarded. The referee will start the Count In to end the Freeze. Running Time will stop when the Freeze is called. It will be restarted when the action restarts.

A clan captain may only call a freeze to Stand Down a robot. The clan captain sounds his klaxon. Roboteers Freeze. The robot is now classed as Immobilised. 1 point is awarded to the opposing clan and the transmitter is put into the Sin Bin. The immobilised robot is pushed into a corner of the arena so that it is not stopping any of the action.

A scoreboard will be used so that the audience can see who is winning. Score buttons and the scoreboard should be coloured in red and blue. So that there is effectivly a red and a blue side in every match. A Count In can be by countdown board, prerecorded and played over the PA or by commentator (with or without the audience)

It is recommended that the referee has two assistants taken from clan members not engaged in combat. The referee keeps their eyes on the action, the assistants on the goal buttons.


8Ack Definition Version 1.21

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