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Wed, 26 Oct 2011 08:00:31 -0400
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Andy,
  I'll have to stall on the question of whether the position of the
flower centerpiece is specifically the middle of the table, while I
send off a question.

  The response to the second question depends on the first--if the
center of the table is the "official setup position", then the referee
should move the centerpiece there if the team notices that it isn't
there.  If not, the referee shouldn't move the centerpiece to a
specific location in response to a team request.

  I do know, from unofficial channels, that the centerpiece serves a
dual function--to look pretty and to get in the way, so I am uncertain
about how much weight to give to the specific location in the picture.
 Typically, pictures indicate general locations and layout, and
wording and mat marks show specific locations (e.g. the Field Setup
would have said "The flower is centered on the table.  See pictures &
mat marks.")

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 1:19 AM, Andy Traiger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Steve,
>
> Is the position of the flower centerpiece on the table approximately in the
> center of the table as shown in the field setup picture?  If we get to a
> tournament table and the flower is substantially off-center on the dinner
> table, may we ask the ref to move it to the center?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Andy Traiger
> Coach Vienna Robotics
>
> P.S. My team and I thank you sincerely for your quick, detailed and
> enlightening responses to everyone's questions.  Thanks for all you do to
> make this a rewarding, educational and fun experience for the kids (and
> coaches too)!
>
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