Originally Posted by jsnlong
I plan on having the team go to a tournament to just watch and learn, Then hit up our first one. As the coach/mentor I have done robotics teams in FIRST and like how VRC lets you compete at more then one tournament. Seems the amount of work you put in will be more enjoyed with more chances to compete
We observed the first tournament this year, but we decided we would've gotten more benefits from being there if we'd actually competed. The early-season tournaments are good for new teams, because the elite teams all have lots of technical problems, too, so almost anything can happen. You can't lose anything from competing with a less-than-perfect robot early in the season.