Field setup location


Recently, my team started setting up the field. Our meeting location changed recently, so we have a slightly larger workspace for the 7 teams we have. In the past, whenever teams ever needed to use the field for testing, we would have to assemble it once for the first time, and afterwards try to not disassemble too much of the field. However, our new team coach wants to leave the field assembled in the classroom we use, and try to clear an area that the field will always reside in. Keep in mind that the classroom will still be used for 4-5 periods every day.
I cannot see any situation where no part of the field will get damaged. Some team members are already holding bets on what part of the field will break first if our coach goes through with this. Game elements can be safely stored away, but I doubt that the parts of the field will be safe from the amount of people who will most likely “check out” the game field.
Does anybody have advice for this? I would be all in for keeping the field set up at all times, but I don’t think that its worth the risk of it being damaged due to where it’s going to be kept.


Not worth leaving set up.


Even if the classroom is being used regularly I think it would be alright to leave some of the field up, such as the perimeter and the posts for the caps, but I would recommend removing the flag poles when your not using them as they are quite fragile and tempting to mess with, you can keep the flags assembled and attach/remove them from the field quite easily. It would also be a good idea to cover your field with a tarpaulin so no one treads on your field tiles.


I would be concerned about the trip hazard of the set up. I have seen adults and kids not notice the perimeter and fall into the field. Poles, if left up, should be clearly marked - ITZ cones are good for that, add caution tape all around, and you get better visibility. The other concern is students cutting across the field all the time. Raised field reduces that.


I wouldn’t leave a field set up without it being on a field riser. This eliminates anyone walking across your field tiles. Once on a riser, how well it “survives” depends on the game. This year, If the net were against the wall, it should be pretty save, and you might just break one of the poles. In starstruck or skyrise, field would be perfectly fine, as long as game elements are put away.


If you are worried about the field poles breaking - get some stunt doubles from home depot or Lowes.

(Canadian Tire up north?)


We have two fields set up in our mentor’s room and they take up about 80% of the room. We haven’t had any issues with field pieces being damaged and the classroom is in use for 6 periods a day


How big is the room?


Mine is just in my basement


When you have a 2’ raised arena for a tournament, do you keep the stands that you tether in to (driver station post) or does anyone recommend something else?


At Worlds, the driver interfaces are literally stuck onto (adhesive) the field walls.

I can’t think of a reasonable way (let alone purpose) to use the posts with a raised field.

Also, please make a new thread in the future, since your post is only borderline relevant to this thread.


That is what I was thinking but thought someone might have an ingenious way of attaching it. It would be difficult to tether in if they were on the posts. :slight_smile:


At my school we have it in a classroom that has 7 periods of classes. So far, the worst that has happened is sometimes people throw the balls at the flags, but we have had zero problems with damage or anything similar. Our field is raised though, so that prevents people walking over it.


Our teacher has 5 periods of classes and so far the flags have been worn down substantially. They are far more loose than anything we experience at competitions. Other than that, everyone takes their shoes off before going on the field so we have no problems with that.


Try putting the net and flags directly up against the wall of the classroom, if you can. That will prevent kids from playing with them, as they can’t easily get to them. Next, I would either remove the poles, or wrap caution tape around them when not in use. Signs would help too. Ideally, an unused corner (or the least-used corner) would be a good place to have it, if you can do that. Maybe a diagram or map of the room would help?


cover the thing with a big tarp or something. so no one touches it.