Talking about Storage is always fun..... We spent hours on it last spring. :-|
Can we count on there being a "stand" (is that a table?) at our regional tournament?
-- VA-DC FLL strongly recommends to all Tournament Directors that they provide a "stand" at all tournament tables. At some tournaments that I go to, they are TV trays. At some, they are chairs (like the VA-DC Championship). In some cases, a tournament might have small tables available. The Mountaineer Invitational this summer had 6-foot tables. I am pretty good about ensuring that something is made available during tournament setup at tournaments where I am Head Referee, but it's tournament dependent.
-- We also strongly recommend to all Tournament Directors that they communicate with coaches before the tournament to advise of any restrictions in access to tables, or space restrictions for teams that want to bring their own stands.
-- I'll also permit a team member to "act like a stand" by holding a box or tray near the Technicians. No handling of Equipment or Mission Models would be allowed by the stand, of course.
Do we know how big the stand will be?
-- No. But talk with your Tournament Director to find out the plan. Also, it's my impression that most Virginia-DC FLL tournaments allow teams to bring their own stand, space permitting.
If we want to store anything off the Field, is that the only place authorized (besides the hands of the technicians)?
Rule 12 only allows off-Field Storage on a stand. We will certainly enforce that for all Mission Models, for a variety of reasons.
Some referees will be more lenient with team Equipment. [We tell ourselves that "a team member just holding Equipment is kind of like a stand..."] FWIW, Scott Evans, the game designer, is uncomfortable with the idea of non-Technicians holding Equipment, but I'm still working on him.