It would also be interesting to note how much it cost to run competitions? How much to buy the game kits over the years? I don’t have the history as I have not been around VEX all that long. Game kits are expensive! Also, how much has the cost to run teams? Cost to register teams increased? It would also be interesting to have some sort of an index on how much it cost over the years to buy robot parts whether it is controllers, joysticks, motors, etc. We raised our prices this year so we wouldn’t have to pay the $5 per team registration fee out of our pocket.
I read it wrong, I now see how you adjusted, I conflated the table with the statement below it saying it didn’t change it much, I see now you meant it didn’t change the values much, not that the expense didn’t change much…sorry
I started with this statement
Which I can’t agree with, unless I’m missing something. Especially for last year to this year?
The spike of events in the 2015-2016 season did see a drop in price. It’s reasonable that if you started financing a team in that season the sudden jump from just above $60 to register a team to just above $70 in that amount of time would be seen as fairly rapid change. However had the price remained at the 2010-2015 price point the eventual climb to the 2017-2018 number would likely not have been see as that drastic of a price increase.
So it looks like it was very flat from 2010-2011 season through the 2016-2017 season and then there is a spike up in costs. There was also an increase, be it modest, for event partners who hosted more than one tournament after the 2013-2014 season but that did not seem to have a huge effect, especially adjusted for inflation. That increase was when they started only sending one trophy pack no matter how many tournaments you host.
I realize that correlation does not necessarily equate to causation but it also does not mean that the relationship does not represent causation. This year, for the first year in quite some time, we have fewer high school and fewer middle school VRC teams in Indiana. We did have a drop in MS teams a few years ago due to the rapid increase in VexIQ but we finally regained those numbers back last year and now we are down again. I am sure the huge increase in registration fees had nothing to do with it.
Do you have number of teams per event? As venue size increases, so does our rent of the space. AT least for us. We have to rent the gym and the cafeteria and the library and a few classrooms and have more janitors on site to clean up for a larger set of people.
This is startlingly different from Arizona. Since Skyrise (when I started), fees for standard qualifying tournaments have been fixed at $50 across the board (likely with a few exceptions, I haven’t looked closely), with the exception of a few $55 tournaments this year.