This year’s VRC Qualifying Criteria came out today, and while most of it is the same as last year, there are also a few notable changes:
- Events with more than one division for the same grade level will have Best-of-3 for the finals between the divisions. (Like how the CREATE U.S. Open did it last year.)
- If a team double-qualifies for Worlds, the extra spots will always go to another team (who hasn’t qualified yet), even if the second qualification is through an Online Challenge. (I haven’t confirmed whether this also applies to teams who qualified through another team’s double-qualification and then qualified in their own right, but I assume it would.)
- It sounds like all events this year will have exactly three Skills attempts of each type (3 Driver, 3 Programming), just lIke Worlds and many other events do already. (Leagues will be allowed to have up to three attempts of each type per day, however, which would add up to more than three of each overall.)
- It sounds like if a team outside the US qualifies for Worlds but can’t go, the spot will go to another team in that region, usually the one with the next best Skills score. (The region decides who.) In the US, the number of spots has already been inflated to account for teams who can’t go, so if there are any spots left, they will just go to teams on the waitlist (who I’m guessing will need to be teams who have already competed this season, unlike how it was last year). That makes sense, since the teams who could go to Worlds on short notice would be American teams.
- It is explicitly stated that you are allowed to have people from other teams join yours for Worlds to help out, but the drive team members have to be the ones from your own team.
- It is explicitly pointed out that if a team gets a Skills score at an event outside their region, that score counts for them on the World Skills Rankings. This was already true, but now it’s stated directly in the Qualifying Criteria.
- [Edit - This was the case last year, too:] Events can have fewer than 6 organizations registered, or have more than 33% be from the same school, they just can’t have both. (Different schools should be different organizations and have different team numbers, even if they are part of the sme district, but multiple team numbers for the same school is still just one organization.)
The Qualifying Criteria PDF doesn’t include the spot allocations for Worlds yet. It will be updated in August (I assume that’s when the spot allocations will be added), and again on January 15th to add the bonus spots (and potentially add awards to the list of awards that can qualify you for States/Worlds).
The criteria for Signature Events have also been released, and I discussed them in another thread.