As far as I know last year there was an idea to post interesting rule suggestions using Github, but that does not seem active so I will just post it here.
The idea would be to add penalties to Robocup Junior Soccer Open (it could be added to Lightweight also, but as far as I know it is used as an introductory to Robocup Junior Soccer).
If a game finishes with both teams scoring the same number of goals teams go into the round of penalties.
There would be four rounds (to save time if needed) and the team that has more goals at the end wins, if they both have the same amount additional rounds are played till there is a team with a higher number of goals, and that team is declared a winner.
The team which defends the goal places black boxes in the goal (same as in the shooter challenge) till place for one box is left.
The ball is placed at the centre neutral spot and the opposing robot at the opposing goal and at the sound of a whistle is turned on. It must not go beyond the centre circle or centre line.
Why I think it is a good idea:
- Makes the whole experience more fun and like real football
- Motors are not that important so it levels the financial playing field
- No modifications to the playing field are needed
Adds another challenge where students can learn and show their skills
Adds differentiating factor to Open
With rules being stagnant for several years now the top and old teams in every country have perfected tactics, this would ensure that even they have to make something new to compete
Why it might be not a good idea to implement it:
Organizers would need more time to complete the games - this can sometimes be a problem but can easily be solved by removing some time from playing time. If time is not a problem it can be added to every game (the goals are summed)
2. ADDS COMPLEXITY:
While it might be harder than the game by itself the Open should be harder than Lightweight