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Tip for the Mat

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

I thought this would be an obvious thing to do, but I was once in a coach meeting where a coach said they didn’t figure this tip out for a few years.

When you get the mat, unroll it and reroll it with the front side out. This will flatten the mat so that the corners don’t roll up on you when you put it on the competition table. Start rolling at the end with the base so that that corner lays the flattest. Your robot will spend the most time there when programming.

You can alternate which way you roll up the mat each time, but I find keeping it front side out is the best. You can alternate which side you start with, though, so that one end doesn’t get more curled than the other.

4 responses. Wanna say something?

  1. Linda
    Oct 3, 2011 at 23:25:19

    Can we glue the mat on the board to make it flat?

  2. fllCoach
    Oct 3, 2011 at 23:34:54

    I wouldn’t recommend it because:

    1) The mat won’t be glued down at the tournament
    2) If you reuse your board, you’ll want to remove this year’s mat (gluing next year’s mat over this year’s will affect your robot differently)

    This year’s mat is made out of different material than previous years. It doesn’t lay as flat. If possible, lay out your mat flat for a few days and it should flatten out better.

  3. Robert
    Sep 20, 2012 at 18:55:05

    our mat came folded — any suggestions how to flatten it? can the material be ironed?

  4. fllCoach
    Oct 25, 2012 at 07:44:40

    My apologies for the late reply. As you’ve probably discovered by now, the mat will flatten itself over time. My suggestion when you first get it is to unfold it, let it sit out for a few hours, then roll it up as suggested above. If you have the capability of keeping the board and mat out all the time, the creases will work themselves out over time. If you don’t, rolling it up each time you put it away should do the trick.

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