I felt that I’d open a thread for attendees to give VEX Feedback on the 2013 World Tournament.
Firstly, I’d like to thank VEX, REC, and all other partners for putting on a wonderful event.
This year’s tournament was incredibly well organized, highly punctual, well officiated, and extremely enjoyable. There were no serious hiccups on the fields, and my team experienced no connectivity issues or trouble with matches. This tournament was highly enjoyable, and the organization was absolutely excellent. Bravo.
Areas of improvement:
The Round Robin tournament style, while necessary, really killed the tension of main-stage rounds. The matches were fun to watch, but with elimination matches there’s a more tangible sense of pressue which was absent this year. Also, the music choices were much less well done this year, and that too deflated some of the intensity.
Moreover, the announcing of the excellence award AFTER the World Champions seemed to cheapen their achievement with so many people exiting the auditorium.
Finally (and this is not the organizer’s fault, though I’d like to see this corrected) I found it extremely odd that a world champion (for middle school) was crowned by disqualification. That felt very unsporting. It would be my sincere recommendation that the rules for all future VEX games be amended to read
*"If a team is issued a disqualification in an elimination match, and as a result of this disqualification the opposing alliance would win the tournament, then if
- The team who has received the disqualification has received no previous disqualifications or warnings in this round (this condition does not apply to any previous rounds or qualification matches)
- The disqualification would have resulted ONLY in a match loss, but not in ejection from the tournament
then the match will be declared a Draw By Disqualification, and a rematch will be issued. In a rematch caused by a Draw By Disqualification, the team who was not issued a disqualification will receive an automatic score bonus equal to the point value of the autonomous bonus for ONLY this rematch."
So, in the case of the middle school disqualification, the team issued a disqualification would not have lost the tournament. Instead, a rematch would be played, and the team who was tipped would have been given a 10 point handicap. I think this would have been more enjoyable for the spectators and would have been a more competitive alternative for all teams involved.
Edit: It should be noted that this rule would apply to disqualifications which end the tournament and result in a tournament winner being crowned. So, in the case of the collegiate disqualification which tied the series at 1-1, no Draw By Disqualification would be declared because this DQ did not end the tournament.