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Yes, the referees can tell if a robot is 13-14" tall during a start or
restart, and we'll measure and warn you about it during the practice round.

Rule 3, Benefit of the Doubt, suggests leniency when "the thickness of a
(thin) line is a factor."  That wouldn't be the case here.

As Curt noted, figuring out how to stay within the constraints aligns with
our Core Values.

But so is having fun, and achieving team-defined goals is really
important.  I used to be a lot stricter, and I wouldn't let a robot that
was out of spec start.  I've learned more since then, and if the team
really wants to run their program with a not-allowable start, then that's
okay with me--they just won't get any points for what they do.  But they
can still show off their cool concept and be applauded for creativity, and
maybe that is the team's goal, instead of scoring bushels of points.  (Not
all referees will think this way, so, as always, talking to your referee
about unusual strategies before the match start is highly advisable.)

Steve Scherr
VA-DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 11:19 PM, Ozcan Adiyaman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I have a quick question about the base ceiling. Rule #11 says base has an
invisible ceiling 12'' high.
>
> My question is, how strictly is this rule enforced? For example; if the
robot height with an attached arm is 13'' or 14'', will that create a
problem? Do the referees actually measure height of the robot?
>
> Thanks
> Oz

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