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  • The competition rules of the 2009 National Robotics Competition are constituted by the organising committee of the National Robotics Competition (“the tournament” for short in the following paragraphs), and they apply to the tournament.
  • Regulations on materials used:
    • Except for special designations in competition rules, materials used by the teams to assemble their robots must be from LEGO® Education products. The controller must be the RCX or NXT intelligent brick. The control program must be written using the ROBOLAB or LEGO® MINDSTORMSTM Education NXT software. Teams that use materials and control programs that are not certified by the tournament will be disqualified from the competition.
    • Teams should prepare and bring all the equipment (software, portable computers, extensions wire, etc) that they need during the tournament. Teams should not use any flammable materials as part of their designs.
    • Teams should be prepared for any event of accident or malfunction of their equipment. The organisers are not responsible for any maintenance and replacement of equipment. There will be a “Spare Parts Zone” in the competition area. After obtaining permission from the judges, contestants can go to the spare parts zone with the tournament officials to exchange equipment parts with their mentors, who are not allowed to enter the quarantine area, to give instructions or guidance to their teams.
    • Batteries used during the competition can be 6 pieces of AA batteries or lithium batteries of LEGO® MINDSTORMSTM NXT. Other power supply devices which are not authorised by the organisers are not allowed to be used.
    • Equipment parts used during the tournament cannot be finished or semi-finished components. Machine-like objects are disallowed in the competition.
    • Teams are allowed to pre-program the in robot or store the program in the laptop prior to the competition.
    • No screws, glues or tapes are to be used to fasten any components of the robot. Non-compliance with this rule will result in disqualification from the competition.
    • Modification of any original parts, for example, RCX intelligent brick, NXT intelligent brick, motors, sensors, etc. is not allowed. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification.
  • Regulations concerning the robot:
    • Except for special designations in competition rules, the amount of motors and sensors used during the competition are not restricted.
    • Except for special designations in competition rules, any action or movement deemed as interference or assistance to the team while the robot is functioning is disallowed. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification from the competition.
    • The use of radio communication, remote control and wired control systems to control the robot is not allowed. Violation of this rule will result in the immediate disqualification of the team from the competition.
    • If the robot uses the NXT intelligent brick as its controller, the BluetoothTM function must be switched off.
  • Regulations on the competition event:
    • Quarantine period: 90 minutes for the 1st quarantine and 30 minutes for the 2nd quarantine.
    • Each competition consists of 2 matches with a 30-minute quarantine session (including downloading programs and exchanging parts) between the two matches. Ranking is based on the higher score of the two matches.
    • Contestants can only start to assemble, program and test their robots after the announcement of the tournament. When the quarantine is over, all the robots must be put in the places designated by the tournament. The matches will begin after the quarantine verification conducted by the judges.
    • Contestants should take good care of their robots to avoid malfunction. If programs cannot be downloaded to the robot due to ill-safekeeping, accidental bumping, falling or other causes, quarantine time will not be extended. Time extension may be given only in exceptional cases and if contestants express their requests with valid reasons to the judges on the spot. In other words, there will be no time extension if contestants fail to address their opinions to the judges or if their requests have been declined.
    • When assembly time is over, neither modification (for example, downloading programs, changing batteries) of robot, nor request for time-out is allowed. In the case of a robot breaking down accidentally, the contestant may be given maintenance time by the judges to rectify the breakdown but the contestant is not allowed to add or reduce any parts, nor download any program.
  • Regulations on the playing field:
    • Teams must assemble their robots in the area (each team has its own area) by the tournament. Only the contestants, NRC organising committee staff and special personnel are allowed to enter the competition area.
    • All models and playing fields are according to the standard provided by the tournament on the competition day.
  • Regulations on behaviour:
    Behaviours listed below are severely restricted and may result in disqualification:
    • Causing damage to the competition playing fields, models or robots of other teams.
    • Using dangerous items or behaviours that disrupt the competition.
    • Using inappropriate words or behaving inappropriately towards other teams, audience, judges or the tournament.
    • Creating situations which the judges deem unacceptable or interfering.
  • The judges have the utmost authority during the tournament. Their decisions shall be final and shall not be changed. As such, they may not change their decision even after viewing the competition video.
  • When a team is considered disqualified by any judge, the robot of the team concerned must quit the match immediately, and the team will receive no score for the match.
  • The tournament has the right to revoke the participation of any team if the team violates the rules.
  • Any communication devices and methods are strictly restricted while the competition is in progress. Anyone who is outside the competition area is prohibited from talking or communicating with the contestants in the competition area. Team(s) violating this rule will be disqualified and required to quit the competition immediately. However, under certain circumstances and with permission from the judges, an urgent message can be conveyed through a tournament staff.
  • If the competition is delayed due to electricity breakdown, unavailability of Playing Fields/models or incapability in determining the scores, the judges may hold a return game, and the contestants shall not raise any objection. If contestants have the opinion that the Playing Fields or models affect their score, they can address their opinion and request for a return game on the spot. The judges will then decide whether to hold a return game. Any opinions addressed after the competition will not be entertained. If a return game is held, the score shall be decided by the judges and shall be final even though the match may not be complete.
  • If contestants have any opinions or doubts, they must address them to the judges on the spot. The judges will then make an appropriate decision on them. Any opinions addressed after the contestants leave the playing field will not be entertained. If there is any disagreement concerning the rules, the final decision shall be made by the judges.
  • The organisers have the right to photograph and videotape the event and the rights to reproduce, modify and use the photographs and video tapes for various media. All team members shall not raise any objection to these rights.
  • If there is any inadequacy or alteration in the rules, the final decision shall be announced by the judges at the tournament. The judges have the utmost authority to amend the rules and regulations.

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