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Field Damage

The fields really stood up to quite a beating this season. The only time we noticed damage to the field on Archimedes was during the Quarterfinals 3-2 when 1138 slammed into the lexan side of the ramp trying to defend against 69 and they had snapped off a pretty big piece of the lexan that the field crew had to tape back on.

Did anyone on another other fields or at other regionals have problems with damaging the field?

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Re: Damaging the Field

Galileo was really torn up by the end of the competition. I know the carpet was littered with pieces of tape patching up tears and, if I'm not mistaken, they even mentioned they weren't going to give that carpet away because of the damage. However, I didn't notice much other damage, besides stuff like streak marks on the ramp. Overall, I'd say the fields took the abuse well.
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Re: Damaging the Field

I think the fields themselves are generally pretty strong, however, the game pieces from certain years (last years tetras, and the boxes from stack attack) were pretty suseptable to damage
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Re: Damaging the Field

The fields held up better than I thought, but like previously mentioned, Galileo's carpet was pretty mangled. I remember a huge patch on the blue left starting position and black tape everywhere.
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Re: Damaging the Field

Both Philly and Trenton fields both lasted with just scratchs on the Lexan and Diamond Plate. I know in one case our robot in practice did a dukes of hazzard style jump off the ramp into the lexan a foot off the ground and no damage. Although... I think the team that was standing on the other side of the lexan was scared to death.
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Re: Damaging the Field

Anyone notice all the balls on Einstein were new?
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Re: Damaging the Field

Galileo's ramp's side lexan shield was cracked badly at the end of practice day. They replaced it though.
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Re: Damaging the Field

At VCU we managed to burn a quarter inch deep, inch long rut in the top of one of the ramps... stupid joysticks got their trims knocked, and the robot spent something like 10-15secs with one sides wheel slowly turning. (That's my only beef with CH flightsticks, trims is too easily changed. After that match, and one where I was driving and screwed up the trim, we added tape over the adjusters against a mentor's wishes. Not a single problem since)
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Re: Damaging the Field

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Anyone notice all the balls on Einstein were new?
Yep. We started loading our robot, and noticed how none of them were as worn in as the test balls we had in our cart. And throughout Friday and Saturday, every ball on Galileo (w/ a few exceptions) were all red/blue, just like all of the Einstein ones.
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Anyone notice all the balls on Einstein were new?
That's to be expected, no? Like in baseball -- if you make it to the show, you play with new equipment.
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That's to be expected, no? Like in baseball -- if you make it to the show, you play with new equipment.
Thats one way to think about it.
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Hi...

Did you also notice that all the colors matched too (blue and red)?
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Re: Damaging the Field

Archimedes!

Great time working the field this weekend. Our field held up well, I think.
That cracked border really supprised me tho.
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Did you also notice that all the colors matched too (blue and red)?
Yup they specially ordered the red/blue for champs. And had a large amount of other colors in case of the red/blue left for the 4 divisions ran thin, but never went into the Einstein balls to make sure they were kept up to par and brand new for the finals.
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Re: Damaging the Field

our team (wildstang) in our final match agains team 25 sat in wait for them to finish human loading with our brakes on boxing them into the close corner. they proceded to push us and broke free. Regardless we lost but a large chunk of the carpet was torn free and it took almost a 6th of the black carpet tape to replace it.

we got a number of disturbed looks from volunteers, judges, and referees.

umm . . . good job mechanical team on those brakes
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