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VA/DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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VA/DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 8 Nov 2013 21:40:15 -0500
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Rule 19, Quality Control, allows the team to ask the referee to check the
setup and confirm that mission models are in the proper place and locked
down (when appropriate).

-- During your pre-match setup time only, you may ask the ref to
double-check that a particular setup is correct/within spec, but you may
not request any custom setup, in or out of the specified setup range.

All teams are encouraged to inspect the field when they arrive at the
table, and to point out anything that looks funny to the referee.

I don't recommend that teams ask the referees to check every model each
time they come to the table.  That presumes that the referees aren't doing
their job maintaining the table, and it gets tedious, and it uses up all
the team's setup time (or more!)  But definitely ask the referee to
double-check the models that you know your robot has trouble with.  (And
the first team of the day in the Practice round might want to be extra
vigilant!)

If the water bottle is close to the end of the truck, it's okay to say, "I
know that we cannot request a custom setup, but we are concerned that the
water bottle might roll out of the truck.  Would you check that all items
are safely within the truck, and that the sides are on tightly?"  Most
referees will pick up the truck to look at it and set it down again, likely
with items safely contained in the bed of the truck.  (The Variability
rule, Rule 42, may still come into play with any match setup, of course.)

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor





On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 7:38 PM, Chris Bolster <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Steve,
>
> I have a follow up question regarding point 3.  Is there a place in the
> rules we can refer to that allows for the truck reload request?
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Chris
>
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