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If we have time for another comment on this topic, I'd like to offer
another perspective (I have been a FLL referee and head referee.).

This is what the INTO ORBIT rules say:
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The key is "as directed by the tournament officials". If you have a
question on this policy, please ask during the tournament's coaches meeting
or ask the tournament head referee.

If I was your head referee, this is what I would tell you. The requirement
for two at a time is a loose requirement and if there were three or four
members at the table at one moment in time there is no problem. Quite
frankly, as long as there is not a strategic purpose for your extra members
being at the table and as long as you are not in the way of the referee nor
blocking the view of the audience, more than two can be at the table for a
short while. If your entire team was camped out on the south wall of the
table, I'd be asking them to step back.

We want the tournament to be a fun experience for your team and for those
watching the tournament. Don't fret over the "two technician rule" too
much. Swap out as often and as quickly as you desire (and have fun!).

Bill

On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 1:34 PM David LeBlanc <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thank you all very much for the prompt reply  to my question and the
> seasoned advice.  Exactly what I needed to know!
>
> This listserv group has been a wonderful resource and I appreciate those
> who lend their experience!
>
> David LeBlanc
> Team 40274
> LEGO S.T.A.R.S. Nation
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 15, 2018, at 12:08 PM, Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > No problem. It's common, accepted practice.
> >
> > I'd have them practice being crisp about it, not crowding the line;
> while I doubt anyone is going to ding them for slight encroachment (no
> instant replay, this isn't the NFL!), it should be clear that the swap
> happens at the line, rather than having the replacements show up before the
> originals leave.
> > --
> > Phil Smith III
> >
> > Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)
> > Team 1900 (2002)
> > Team 2497 (2003)
> > Team 2355 (2004)
> > Team 1945 (2005)
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:
> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David LeBlanc
> > Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2018 11:22 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: [VADCFLL-L] 2 at Table Tagging In/Out
> >
> > We want to use different team members at the table; still only 2 at a
> time but we want to switch out. Our plan is that after the first two finish
> their mission they walked back to the two waiting behind the line, tag
> them, and then they move to the table.
> >
> > Do you see any issues or problems with this?
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > David LeBlanc
> > First time coach
> >
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