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Folks,
  I do not recommend that people use an iron, since there is some
chance of doing permanent damage to the mat.

  There's a small chance that there will be some additional
information in this year's Field Setup instructions about relaxing the
mat.  My guess is that the hair dryer method will be described again.
This mat material was pretty resilient last year, so letting it sit
out for a week or so will probably give your team acceptable results.

  As we in the VA/DC FLL organizing team work with the tournament
organizers and the field kit assemblers, we will ask them to lay the
mats out to relax, and not to fold them for packing, but I won't make
any guarantees this early in the season.

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM, Leandra Aguon Velasco
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I ended up using the iron to press out the folds.  Flip the mat to the back
> side on top the ironing board, place a small towel over the mat, and steam
> press away a section at a time.  It took some time to get it out, but it
> works.
> Leandra
>
>
>> Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:31:33 -0400
>> From: [log in to unmask]
>
>> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] This year's field mat condition
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>
>>
>> Thanks Betsy.
>>
>> How long is "a while"?
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Betsy Wilco" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 6:29 PM
>> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] This year's field mat condition
>>
>>
>> > If you leave it out a while, the folds relax quite a bit, but you can
>> > also
>> > use a blow dryer on the back to hasten that. We have not set our field
>> > up
>> > yet, as I can't start till school does, but mine has flattened out
>> > nicely
>> > on the guest bed at home!
>> >
>> >>>> "Lloyd O'Hara" 08/26/12 6:26 PM >>>
>> > I have not been paying much attention, until today (I've been
>> > procrastinating), to our field setup box that arrived a week or two ago.
>> > When I opened the box, first thing I noticed was the mat, all folded up,
>> > within the box. When I layed it out on the table, the second thing I
>> > noticed is that it has some significant creases caused by the folding of
>> > the mat. I'm thinking the creases may cause some issues with robot
>> > navigation. I have two questions and please forgive me they have been
>> > asked before:
>> >
>> > 1) How do we smooth out the mat? In years past, when the mat came in a
>> > tube, I knew what to do. I'm at a loss here.
>> > 2) When we show up at a regional tournament and the tables were set up
>> > the
>> > night before, will there be some concerted effort to make sure the mats
>> > are smooth?
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Lloyd O'Hara
>> > Coach, The Crestwood Monarchs.
>> >
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