1. Rules should not be contradictory.
That rule seems clear, but farther down the page we learn thet 25kg is not the maximum weight at all -- that there are allowed overages based on the power supply and controller used by the 'bot. The actual 'maximum' ranges from 26.25 kg to 30 kg. Dimensional maxima also have allowed overages. Why write something in the rules and then change it later on?
2. Specify how a requirement will be measured.
A freshly charged '12 volt' automotive battery has a resting voltage close to 13 volts. If I'm using two such batteries in series, am I in compliance with the '24 volt' rule or not? I suspect that the rule is intended to be "Voltage: 24v DC (nominal)", but that's not what it says.
3. Clarify what is a rule versus what is advice.
That seems like reasonable advice given that the arena is about 3 meters square, but will I be disqualified if I only have 9 meters of wire? This is a rule set - move suggestions and advice elsewhere.
4. Specify how a rule is to be met.
How will a builder know when this rule has been satisfied? Does it mean that the batteries must be well secured to avoid breaking loose? How is that evaluated? Is there a requirement for protective armor around the batteries? Is this another 'advisory' or is it a true rule? Subjectively evaluated 'rules' are unfair to competitors and lead to arguements.
5. Fully explain the judging criteria.
What counts as agression? Does 'control' mean control of your own 'bot, control of the match, or something else? Is all 'damage' scored equally? Are these three categories weighted the same? How many points are given for immobilizing your opponent? How does that compare to the points awarded for other factors? How is a competitor supposed to plan their actions if they don't know what the judges are looking for?
If you claim to be awarding judged points you really need to release an actual point count for the match. If you don't, it will appear that you're just judging subjectively.
6. Robot combat must be judged only on how well the robot fights in the match.
Separate awards for 'Best Design' and 'Sportsmanship' have been given in many combat events (Robot Wars, BattleBots...), but a boxing match is not scored on the physique of the fighter or the tailoring of his trunks.
If a team is not playing by the rules or ignores the instructions of the officials, don't subtract points -- disqualify them.
Copyright 2015 -- Mark Joerger, Team Run Amok