At this point, robots are more competitive (at least in my region) than past seasons possibly because of the simplicity of this year’s game.
Since robotics are generally high quality this year, competing without strategies would put you in a disadvantage; what are some effective strategies that are used in matches?
Since robots this year are generally done in a short amount of time, how much driver practice do you think would be necessary to preform well? If you have no teams to stimulate matches with, how can you get prepared for match situations?
since matches are so chaotic and fast-changing, any kind of rigid strategy will disintegrate the moment driver control begins, the best strategies are just general things like aim for goals that form rows and playing smart defense when you have the opportunity.
one thing I’ve seen often in match videos are that teams will score multiple balls in one goal, when their efforts would be better spent distributing one ball to each goal.
Also if you can’t descore as fast as you can score, it might be a good idea to prioritize goals that have a free spot on the top.
And one of the biggest time traps I’ve seen occur is a robot spend all match fighting over the center goal. imo, it’s best to ignore the center goal until the last 10-15 seconds, because if you spend all match fighting over it, you don’t accomplish anything else and the outcome of the center goal isn’t any more favorable than if you only fight for it in the last few seconds.
Ignoring possible references to 240P, the actual game in-person seems to be pretty chaotic. Since scoring rows earns the most points, you should probably just focus on that. Most effective strategy is probably just winning auton and getting the Home Row Bonus, that will probably be killer.
In Live Remote Tournaments, the matches I have watched are relatively calm. So try to put 4 balls in a couple of goals, but make sure that you have ALL THE BALLS SCORED! THEY ARE ALL WORTH POINTS! And always be touching a goal at the end, even if it isn’t the best goal to be touching.
Well is a subjective word. Depends on your definition of satisfactory how much driver practice will be necessary.
If satisfactory is “We had a good learning experience and won a couple matches”, then about 2 hours of driving practice would probably get a little past there. If satisfactory is “We did the Vex hat trick, winning the Tournament, Robot Skills, and Excellence award”, then maybe upwards of 12 hours of driving practice would be closer to your expectations.
Skills practice always helps with your literal skills, with the added bonus of helping with your skills score. Doing drills is nice too. Maybe you could practice going up to a goal and putting a ball in it, fielding, cycling, etc.