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Yes, that is correct.

On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM, Frank Levine <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> If I understand the rules correctly, our model can have non-FLL minifigs
> attached as well.  The FLL provided ones need to be attached at the
> tournament.
>
> Correct?
>
> -Frank
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM, Fredrik Nyman <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> Yes, use the mini figures provided.
>>
>> Your team builds and brings a model. Once at the table, they attach the
>> figures provided to the model and get points for that.
>>
>> I am guessing that the reason they aren't supposed to bring figures and
>> balls is to reduce chaos and kids and coaches inadvertently walking off
>> with mission models from the tables.
>>
>> On Monday, November 10, 2014, Hal Swetnam <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi there
>>> just trying to figure out the rules on Apprenticeship.  Are you saying
>>> that to get the full 35 points the team has to use the mini figures
>>> provided by the tournament? I thought they could bring their own? Is it a
>>> matter of getting full points?
>>> Thanks for any clarification.  Here was the latest update we saw:
>>>
>>> 30 – APPRENTICESHIP PEOPLE, WHITE CIRCLE Update 25 was meant to remind
>>> you about Rule 18, Exception 2. You ARE allowed to arrive with people as
>>> part of your model, if they aren’t duplicates of this year’s mission model
>>> people. (Clarification of Update 25) Of the two interpretations of what
>>> could be meant by “white circle,” area vs perimeter, the area is what
>>> matters. So if your model ends up touching only the interior, and not the
>>> edge, that’s okay. (Apprenticeship clarification)
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> The Brick Bandits
>>>
>>>
>>> On Nov 9, 2014, at 11:32 PM, VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> We had 8 FLL tournaments in Virginia this weekend, and it looks like
>>> teams had a great time.  I know that the referees were impressed at all the
>>> creative solutions teams found to accomplish their selected missions, and
>>> I've heard good things from the judges too.  I hope that the week 1
>>> activity during core values judging helped to raise everyone's expectations!
>>>
>>> There a few things that surprised some teams at the robot game tables,
>>> that I would like to give teams a heads-up about.
>>>
>>> First a reminder--don't trust any pictures or video unless the text of
>>> the Robot Game agrees with them.  According to Rule 5:
>>>
>>> "When there is conflict between pictures/videos and text, the text takes
>>> precedence!"
>>>
>>> 1)  Engagement mission setup
>>>     According to the Field Setup, and Game Update 5, the engagement
>>> pinwheel setup is with its red arm up.  (That means that the main body of
>>> the arm points straight up.)  Both pictures on pages 10 and 29 are
>>> incorrect.
>>>
>>> 2)  Bouncing the Sports Ball
>>>     Teams at several tournaments discovered that the blue ball may not
>>> bounce the same on competition or practice tables as it does on the table
>>> that they practiced on.  I know that at some tournaments, there was a
>>> mixture of behaviors among both the competition and practice tables.  We're
>>> sorry about this unexpected behavior, but it is covered by Rule 4,
>>> Variability, and no team will know what to expect until they get to the
>>> table.
>>>
>>> 3)  Ramming the Door
>>>     As described in the mission and rules, the team doesn't get points
>>> for opening the door by ramming it and breaking it.  You must push down on
>>> the handle to allow the door to open.
>>>
>>> 4)  Loop in the Senses mission
>>>     Update 32 was a little too subtle about the loop in the Using the
>>> Right Senses mission.  The mission requirement is that the loop is
>>> "released" only by pushing the slider.  The update says not to expect the
>>> the loop will be "ejected" by using the slider.  The update is also trying
>>> to say that "release" means "to allow to be moved or taken", so, once your
>>> robot pushes the slider to lift the weight out of the way, the robot is
>>> allowed to remove the loop from the model.
>>>
>>> 5)  Reverse Engineering--making the original model during setup
>>>     Your team is required to build an original model out of all 6 pieces
>>> when they get to the table, even if they don't plan to do the Reverse
>>> Engineering.  See the Field Setup, and Updates 14 and 24.  The two Robot
>>> Handlers are the only ones allowed to build the model.   Being prepared for
>>> this is part of being a Gracious Professional.
>>>
>>> 6)  Apprenticeship--try it out!
>>>     If your team isn't doing the Apprenticeship mission, they really
>>> should take a look at Update 7
>>>
>>> 7)  Apprenticeship People
>>>     As discussed earlier today, your team is required to use the people
>>> at the table in order to score full points on the Apprenticeship mission.
>>>
>>> 8)  Kidnapping
>>>     Please be careful, both at the competition tables and the practice
>>> tables, that you don't take any mission models, such as the people or the
>>> blue ball.  If you discover them, take them back immediately.  Removing
>>> them hurts other teams, and thus is against Gracious Professionalism.
>>>     You shouldn't bring the Apprenticeship people from your practice
>>> kit, and you should avoid bringing any blue balls, if at all possible.
>>> Tournament volunteers will think that they belong to the tournament kits,
>>> and will ask you to hand them over.
>>>
>>> Best wishes to all FLL teams in the upcoming weeks!
>>>
>>> Steve Scherr
>>> Virginia-DC FLL Referee Advisor
>>>
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