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How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

In prior years we have been given samples of game pieces from FIRST and when we get to the event they are painted or molded, blue and red. Sometimes they are even made out of a different materials. We have had problems with this in the past. I wonder what will happen this year. Will the paint they use change the grip of the ball or the hardness of it?
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

I do not beleive they will be painted for the official competition.

And when where they made out of a different material?
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

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In prior years we have been given samples of game pieces from FIRST and when we get to the event they are painted or molded, blue and red. Sometimes they are even made out of a different materials. We have had problems with this in the past. I wonder what will happen this year. Will the paint they use change the grip of the ball or the hardness of it?
They aren't painted. As can be seen in the kickoff video, they're colored in whatever random two colors Poof decides to use.

Im not sure what you're referring to with your comment about different material/color game pieces.

In 2005, the tetras were colored, but they were still exactly the same diameter pipe as you would have used for your own. Same with all other aspects of the tetras.

In 2004, you may have bought red balls, but FIRST had purple balls. Again, no functional difference. The large balls were identical.

In 2003, the bin was identical except for the fact that FIRST put the retroreflective stickers on them (and perhaps a logo sticker? I can't remember for sure) and riveted the lids on.

In 2002 the balls were exactly identical to the ones used on the field.
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

no will not because the paint will not change it at all
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

this year they have used just a simple poof ball. i also think they gave use this ball for a good reason. i haven't been able to find the rule in the Manuel but i believe they have given us a ball to test if our "shooting" mechanism will tear the ball up, as our ball has already been completely defaced.
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

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In 2005, the tetras were colored, but they were still exactly the same diameter pipe as you would have used for your own. Same with all other aspects of the tetras.
They did change the material of the clovers. I don't think that anyone had a mechanism that the material change there caused problems for.

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no will not because the paint will not change it at all
As for this, it is hard to figure out what you are attempting to convey, but there will be no paint on the Poof Balls.

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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

The only Issue that I know was that they changed the 2X ball supplier and the balls were a little different. The answer is no they will not paint the balls. They will be multiple colors as seen if you purchased any quantity of them.
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

I think the real question is: What's going to happen to the balls as the days of the competition progress? I think they will become torn, matted and maybe they will lose a bit of air because of how many times they will be shot from various mechanisms.

However, I think FIRST thought ahead and there will be hundreds of spare balls at the competitions...Looks like POOF inc. will be making (or already has made) lots and lots of money.
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

Its hard to believe, but I can imagine next, or in a few years, companies actually lobbying for the FIRST contract. I wonder if this will ever make any impact on what FIRST chooses to do each year?
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

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I think the real question is: What's going to happen to the balls as the days of the competition progress? I think they will become torn, matted and maybe they will lose a bit of air because of how many times they will be shot from various mechanisms.

However, I think FIRST thought ahead and there will be hundreds of spare balls at the competitions...Looks like POOF inc. will be making (or already has made) lots and lots of money.
they have air in them? i assumed they were "solid" foam.
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

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they have air in them? i assumed they were "solid" foam.
By definition, foam has some air in it. This is what allows it to compress when you squeeze it. The difference is how much air is included, and how solid/elastic the material that makes up the non-air portion of the foam is.
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they have air in them? i assumed they were "solid" foam.
I guess air was a bad way of putting it, lol. When they are squeezed the foam sort of condenses...so maybe they wont lose air but after a while, the foam on the inside might become distorted...hmm maybe I will open one up just too see
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

Actually I know of three differences. In 04 they had the kickballs, when we ordered ours(like 40 or so) we ended up with the wrong ball type, totally throwing off our Human Player's throwing them because they were a lot lighter of a ball. In 05 they did change the clover material due to a lack of enough being produced at one time, and they also had originally made the tetras out of a different material, but due to a weight difference they changed them before the first competition. But the ones at kickoff where different from the ones teams made as well as the ones used in the actual competition.
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

Unless Poof Slinky, Inc. runs out of poof balls, I think it's safe to assume that they will be the same as the ones in our kit
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Re: How will the Balls Change once FIRST Paints them

Well in 2004 they did paint "5" on the purple balls and "2X" on the 2x balls
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