4e) Robots may hold or pin each other for a maximum of 20 seconds. The judge will give a verbal warning at 15 seconds into any holding or pinning, for the contestants to disengage. Should they not do so within final 5 seconds then the battle will be paused and the robots returned to their respective corners. The battle will then recommence immediately.
rule 4E in the current rules limits holding or pinning to twenty seconds at a time. in my opinion that is a bit bias against robots such as mantis and thunderstrike that are designed to hold or pin for their main attack. i apreciate that there is probably a very good reason for having this rule but nowadays we are getting a slight increase in crushers ( three at AWS 43, thunder strike, mantis and bauerbird ) and i thought maybe we should change tnis rule to allow robots that wield holding weapons to really reach their full potential in fights rather than just grabbing and having to dump the opponent out near enough imedeatly. i don't mind if no one else shares my opinion but i thought this point was probably worth discussing as with the new induction fan robots, we may find that crushers are actually the most effective weapon for beating them.