1. Do the holes go all the way through the carpet and fiberboard?
2. If yes, do balls that end up under the green count as being in the hole regardless of how they came to be there?
A ball under the green scores if it is in a containment placed under the hole; otherwise it is out of bounds. The containment will be high enough to prevent a ball in the hole from getting into another area under the green.
3.Will the fiberboard with the carpet on it be attached to the bunkers or the clipboard or will we be able to lift it up?
The clipboard (or equivalent backboard to eliminate the clip) will be attached to the post to allow for “bank shots” . The carpet will be glued to the fiberboard. The fiberboard will be removable for the purpose of retrieving balls underneath, but will be attached (probably by velcro) to stabilize the green.
4.As a follow up where exactly will the fiberboard be attached and how will it be attached? If there is a picture of this that would be fantastic.
The backboard will be attached to the post and will be centered on the hole (not centered on the the post and attached to the post to be as near vertical as possible. It will rest on the surface of the table as pictured.
The fiberboard backing the green will be elevated on approximately 4″ blocks to allow the lip of each of the 4 bunkers (which by manufacturer spec are approx. 4″ high) to just fit under the fiberboard. A bin similar to the bunkers will be underneath the hole (distinguishes a ball in the hole vs. a ball that somehow got under the green by some other means). The bins will be attached to the table using velcro, which shouldn’t elevate the green because the bottom of the bins are slightly indented. The blocks will be taped to the table, where velcro will be used on top of each block to hold the green in place. Block height will be adjusted for any height gain from the velcro. The green will butt against the back board at an approximate 90 degree angle. Block placement will be a construction day decision to ensure green stability (there’s nothing gained from getting under the green anyway). Sorry, there isn’t a picture of this, but hopefully that addresses your question.
5. Is there a cad model of the board that we can use? If there is a cad model of the regular botball board that would work just as well.
The basic CAD drawing is the same as the one for 2017 Botball: http://files.kipr.org/kipropen/2017_KO_Table_Construction.PDF
The Botball board has been modified as follows:
– The ball dispenser will be a slightly larger version of the Botball version used for poms, since otherwise balls will stick in the dispenser
– A slightly elevated green with bunkers and a hole in will be installed on each side over what is called the “field” for the Botball game.
– The blue cups in the center will each have a piece of the green carpet in the bottom to reduce the likelihood of a bounce out.
– Each start box will include a (optional) piece of green carpet to serve as a tee – teams may substitute their own tee as specified in the rules.
6.The ball tee (4 inch green carpet piece) can lay on a board that is no thicker than 1/2 inch and is itself sitting on the tee – yes or no?
Yes, and can total as much as 1″ high after attaching the carpet (Scoring Rules (g): “Teams may use either the supplied 4″ square carpet sample or one of their own design so long as it is no more than 1″ high and will fit in a 4″ x 4″ square”).
7. A team member can pick a ball from the tee bucket and place it on the driver bot, but not necessarily on the ball tee – yes or no?
No (Game Play 6. “When the driver robot is static (not moving), the team can reset the ball tee flat on the surface of the
upper start box and place a ball on it.” This rule is now adjusted to apply to both upper and lower start boxes since there are tees in both. Assuming this question is from a close reading of Scoring Rule j “When a driver robot has ceased all movement, the team can reset the ball tee flat anywhere on the tee and position a ball from the tee’s ball bucket on it”, the pronoun “it” references the tee, not the bot.
8. The driver bot can autonomously place a ball on the ball tee if a ball is placed somewhere on the driver bot – yes or no?
There is no provision for placing balls on a bot, except for balls the teams dispenses from the ball dispenser onto a bot. Such a bot can do what it will with the balls, but should it return to the tee keep in mind Scoring Rule h, k, l, and m which deal with this scenario.
9. Are the driver bots in the start box required to hit the ball into the field. i.e. could they pick the ball up and place it in a hopper or container instead?
As per Scoring Rule (k) “Any balls on a tee other than one placed on the ball tee must be returned to the tee’s ball bucket unless doing so would require manipulating an independent structure (remember that positioning a ball or ball tee cannot be used for manipulation); i.e., only one ball at a time can be in play on a tee.” So to answer your question, this means that if the proverbial hopper or container leaves the ball located within the volume of the tee (start box), you would have to remove the ball back to the ball bucket. Note that if the hopper or container in question is outside the volume of the tee, the driver robot is free to pick up the ball you’ve place on the ball tee and deposit it rather than hit it.
10. The 6″ dispenser seems very big. Elsewhere you say the ball dispenser was “slightly enlarged”. Is the official dispenser actually 6″ in diameter.
In testing with the initial mock up for the game board, only the 4″ dispenser used for Botball was available and it was determined that the golf balls would stick in it. Therefore, the official dispenser needs to be be larger, although perhaps not as large as 6″ depending on the tube size the KIPR staff is able to acquire for GCER. In any event the same design used for Botball will be used for the KIPR Open board, but will be larger so that the balls will drop without jamming it. Note that as per Game Play (11) “During the game, a team member can turn the lever on the ball dispenser to release golf balls, whether to fall to the surface or to an independent structure, robot or otherwise. This action cannot touch or manipulate a robot in any way, and cannot be done in any manner designed to manipulate how the golf balls come out of the dispenser other than to drop out the bottom.” The intent is for the team to be able to reliably dispense balls from the hopper. This contrasts to the Botball game, where only a robot can manipulate the hopper.