At the SoCal state tournament, team 62A was on an alliance that got to the semifinals. It was posted on robotevents and in many documents from vex and the RECF that all tournament semifinalists qualify to worlds. Then, it was ruled that 62 played illegal defense, resulting in a DQ from semi finals 1-3. However, Tarek and the event managers explicitly stated every team in that semi finals match would be given a worlds invite and that 62 was only disqualified from that particular match, which was completely consistent with the information everywhere else. Nowhere were any complete event disqualifications even mentioned. Despite this, the RECF has unilaterally decided 62 did not qualify to worlds and has not issued them a worlds qualification spot or recognized them as a semifinalist on robotevents.com. They have not provided any reason for this decision and it goes against the event details they themselves published.
This raises a legitimate question about whether the California RECF can be trusted. This is the second incident of underhandedness from the RECF in just a few weeks, and there are whispers of teams or entire organizations quitting vex. I hope it doesn’t come to this, but it may if the RECF can’t get their act together.