AERIAL ASSIST is played by two competing alliances of three robots, on a flat 25 x 54 foot field. Each alliance competes to earn as many points as possible by getting the scoring elements (2 foot diameter exercise balls) into the scoring areas located on the far end of the field.
The game starts with each teams robots in either the White Zone (centre field) or the goalie zones. They can be preloaded with 1 game ball prior to the start. The match begins with a 10-second autonomous period, where robots use the pre-programmed instructions to score points. Said points are worth 5 more during the Autonomous period, and one goal will be lit up (“hot”) during each half. That goal is worth 5 additional points, for a maximum total of a 10 point bonus. In addition, every robot that moves from the centre to their own earns another five point bonus, for 25 points total (10 for the hot goal, 15 for the three robots).
When Tele-op starts, the teams take control of their respective robots. The scoring cycle starts when a human player transfers a ball onto the playing field. The robots can then do either the basic goal score (take the ball to the other end of the field), or assist other robots in doing so. High goals are worth 10 points, low goals are worth 1 point. However each assist will earn the alliance bonus points (2 assists=10 points, 3 assists=30 points).
Throwing the ball over the 5 foot tall truss which bisects the white zone will add 10 additional points. Having an alliance partner catch the ball will earn 10 more points. A robot in the goalie zones can block shots in autonomous and tele-op modes by extending upwards.
Here is the game animation video for Aerial Assist
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