@_7682 I think that summarizes signature events nicely. Works for larger regions where popping next door is feasible. So far as a replacement for global skills, where the worlds spots came from, it has essentially just re-allocated those spots to larger regions. Happy to be proven wrong but the "unique opportunity to connect with their peers from around the world" RECF mention seems very unlikely to be realized. Worlds is where teams get to connect with their peers from around the world.
Totally agree with @_7682 in this aspect.
All these removing of global skills (for worlds qualifications), no replacement of drivers for the entire seasons, etc.... to put it bluntly, all these are put in mainly to resolve the issues faced by USA. But the rest of the world is suffering for it.
right from the start, the international teams have been trying to tell recf that signature events will not work (at least for the rest of the world).
We can't just pack the robots at the back of the car and drive to another state for signature events. we need to squeeze out close to $10k to fly over to another nearby country and cross our fingers that things will work out for us in the bo1 format.
and oh... no worries about no more worlds qualifications via skills, you can always earn it from the signature events. and now no MS spots (according to the organiser) or max 1 spot (according to recf document) will be awarded in APAC. Cool...
don't even try convincing me that taking part in vex competitions is just for learning and there is no need to aim to go for worlds. honestly, you don't spend so much and dump in so much resources just to learn. we want the kids to learn AND to aim to be the best (i.e. win worlds). If it is just about learning, i can just get a $50 arduino and get them to learn as well.
and one more point that was mentioned by @_7682 before in another thread - the part about skills challenge having the ability to inspire teams. it is so true.... and i will throw in motivation and energy into the mix as well. not sure is it the same situation in NZ, but over at my end, the motivation and drive is definitely one notch lower than past seasons.
Many of you would not like what i am saying here, but the fact of the matter is that Vex is increasingly and rapidly becoming more and more US-centric. If nothing is going to change, I foresee the international market shifting to other platforms within 3 years. And yes, there are potential platforms that have been emerging in the past 1 or 2 years....