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First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 1 Nov 2011 23:17:10 -0400
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I agree that Update 29 is imprecise and hence unsatisfying.

This post is official discussion of what to expect from the droop for
Virginia/DC tournaments.

Update 29 tells you to expect the same droop as you are seeing in
practice.  I cannot guarantee you that.

Update 29 tells the tournament organizer to construct the dispenser
models exactly as described up through Update 12.  I can promise you
that.

I believe that all the tournament kits are currently new, and have not
been set up for more than a few hours.  They will be used multiple
times over the next three weeks.

Teams can expect to see any droop inherent in the redesigned structure
of the bacteria dispensers.

Teams should not expect to see any droop caused through pulling of the
dispenser structure on the mats over a period of several weeks.
Tournaments will NOT stretch the mat near the dispensers in order to
increase or change the amount of droop.

Any variation in the amount of droop will be treated under Rule 27, Variability.

Teams should have time during practice time and practice rounds to
assess the state of tournament fields.  Teams may attempt to adjust
their robots, if desired, during available time the day of the
tournament.

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 10:47 PM, Andy Traiger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> All this talk about ‘droopiness’ has been a bit to imprecise for me to
> follow.  To quantify how much our dispensers droop:  if I push on the back
> axle of the dispenser, I can raise the front of the dispenser about ‘1M’
> (i.e. about the distance between the centers of two adjacent holes on a LEGO
> studless beam).  Is that about the droop that should be expected on
> tournament tables and that other VA teams are experiencing on their tables?
>
>
>
> I think teams that received their mats early and set them up quickly would
> have had a substantial period of time in which the unmodified dispensers
> were continuously pulling up on the mat.  This may have stretched the mats
> around the dispensers more for teams that set up early than for teams that
> set up around the time when the rules were released.  This is ust a guess,
> though.
>
>
>
> Andy Traiger
>
> Vienna Robotics
>
>
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of B Bergenstock
> Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 10:26 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
>
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] To Drrop or not to Droop
>
>
>
> All of our seem to droop a little bit.  Not terrible like they did at first,
> but there's a definite lean to the front. I did the fix like it was
> suggested and still they lean.  I don't think it will mess up our team
> either way though.
> brandy
>
> On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:39 PM, Lloyd O'Hara <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Thanks.  I'm glad we are not the only ones seeing no droopiness.  It will be
> what it will be this coming Saturday and it will be fun, no matter what
> happens.
>
>
>
> Lloyd O'Hara
>
> Coach, Crestwood Monarchs
>
> ----- Original Message -----
>
> From: VA/DC Referee Advisor
>
> To: [log in to unmask]
>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 7:30 PM
>
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] To Drrop or not to Droop
>
>
>
> Beats me.  I've dual-locked a bunch of tournament kits recently, and didn't
> identify any droop.  Of course, I didn't have the mats out for very long,
> either….
>
>
>
> Also, I visited a team's table this weekend and didn't see anything that
> looked like a droop.
>
>
>
> If the structure sags without deforming the mat (seems unlikely), then your
> team's robot probably will be okay if it doesn't require millimeter-accuracy
> in alignment with the lever or the dispenser platform.
>
>
>
> If the structure sags and pulls up the mat, then there's probably a small
> zone (on one side or the other), where the robot is more likely to be
> deflected off its planned course.
>
>
>
> Have Virginia/DC teams seen any "dispenser droop"?
>
>
>
>
>
> Steve Scherr
>
> VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor
>
>
>
> On Nov 1, 2011, at 5:19 PM, Lloyd O'Hara wrote:
>
> I am a bit confused and I'm hoping somebody can help out.  I applied the
> bacteria dispenser fixes as noted and originally had some droop.  However, I
> no longer have droop, does this mean I did something wrong?
>
>
>
> 29 - DROOPY BACTERIA DISPENSERS
> True enough, the small fixes applied to the bacteria dispensers weren't
> enough to stop them from leaning.  Better fixes would have either been too
> difficult to describe, or would have interfered with the robot's path under
> the bin.  Luckily the droop is pretty consistent, and the dispensers work
> exactly as intended.  This post is official acceptance of the droop.  You've
> all been working with the droop for about two months now, and we're not
> going to mess with it on you.  To teams:  Expect the same droop at
> tournaments as you're used to in practice.  To tournament officials:
> Prepare the bacteria dispensers as per Update #12, and don't try to lessen
> the droop in any other way (no tape, Dual Lock, weights, further redesign,
> etc.) - it would hurt teams more than it would help.
>
>
>
> Contrary to what update 29 says, It might be that some of us will be at a
> disadvantage.  I moved, per instructions, the dual loc as far up on the
> front legs as possible and also moved the other four up to be on the "X"'d
> out boxes in the middle.  I have no dual lock on the back "X"'d out blocks
> right now.
>
>
>
> All of our robot and code design is based on this.  What do we need to
> change, redesign, recode, and practice to not be at a disadvantage come this
> Saturday at LC Bird?  Can anybody help?
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
>
>
> Lloyf O'Hara
>
> Coach, Crestwood Monarchs
>
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