1)  Yes, the team gets at least one minute for setup before the match begins.

Rule 6, bullet 1:  "You get to the competition table and have at least
one minute to prepare your equipment."

2)  I'll let the coaches on the list describe their experiences with
batteries.  I don't believe that anyone recommends trying to burn
batteries down--it is too random.  There are folks who have measured
the power vs time curve for batteries, and it drops off significantly
as the batteries get used.

3)  The game is scored using the field condition at the end of the match.

Rule 27, bullets 1 and 2:
 Unless a specific method is required, your score is assessed based
on the conditions at the exact time the match ends only.
 Points are not given for results the robot produces during the match
but then trashes before the end.

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 12:47 AM, Ram Boreda <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 1. Does the team get any prep time to organize their attachments and align the Robot before the clock starts?
>
> 2. We put in new AA batteries and the Robot is behaving very differently (overshooting or turning more than before). The team is confused because none of their programs are based on time. They used distance, lower power and number of rotations etc to navigate. Should the team try to readjust the parameters or try to burn out the batteries some more? We did not expect this much variability with new batteries.
>
> 3. If a mission is accomplished successfully, but the subsequent run knocks the pieces out of place for the completed mission, do we get any points for the previous mission? Or do the judges simply go by the end state of all mission pieces?
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
> Best regards,
> Ram
>
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