We referees do rely on that field variability rule... ;-) Experience has shown that the mats at regional competitions are (a) less worn that the ones that teams have practiced on for 8 weeks, and (b) less pampered than the ones that teams invest a lot of time in "perfecting". There aren't a lot of practical ways to handle either of those, which is why more advanced teams try to think of ways to make their robot programs able to correct and adjust their positions when they are off by a little. Steve Scherr VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor On Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM, Michael Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > I think the more interesting question is what will the mats be like at > competition? > > There is that field variability rule. > -- > Michael Brown > Coach Team 4773 > Wafflebots 1 > "What we learn is more important than what we win." -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ANNOUNCEMENTS-L. Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-ANNOUNCEMENTS-l.html to subscribe.