In the Vancouver Island competition on Feb 4 & 5, there were a number of changes to the way how qualifying and skills events were done. If you weren’t there, here are the changes they made for that event:
-No programming skills
-Drivers skills is mandatory and done on a schedule
-There are 2 trials, the second being watched by the judges. Then you talked to the judges about your design while the next team did their first trial.
-After qualifications, the top 16 teams were placed in Div A, and the other 15 were in Div B
In alliance selection:
-No team qualified for worlds are allowed to pick another qualified team, unless there is no other choice
-There are only 2 teams per alliance
-You cannot say no to someone selecting
-Must be in the same division.
So there were some pretty big changes that were being tried out here. What do you think of it?
I don’t like this rule change and I’m surprised it was allowed:
I mean, if the purpose of a VRC event was to pick as many teams as you could and send them to the national competition, maybe that would make sense, but I thought the events were supposed to be inspiring and fun on their own. Putting too much focus on Getting To Worlds instead of Competing With Robots takes away from the experience.