Yesterday ran the Delmarva Championship. Two 24 team divisions, 4 fields in each division, sub 2 min turn times gave each team 12 qualification plays. Teams needed to do battery management (all teams had one robot battery) and charge their controllers for 15 mins across the day. Lots of excitement, activity, pressure, no boredom, eat on the fly cause you are up soon. Villanova Wildcats on the screen in the cafeteria as an escape for parents.
Of course we started late, so the sub 2 mins turned to 1 min turns to catch up.
We made it to the end, 15 mins late.
Ran EVERYONE through finals. We did “shotgun” starts until the last four teams, then one at a time to see if the next team could beat the high score. (Awards to the top 5 teams, plus 4 judged awards, ended the day 9 mins late).
Teams played 12 + 1 matches. in ~6 hours.
Parents were annoyed “Too many matches”. Roboteers “Can we play some more?”
I’ve been to events where they play 6-7 matches in the same time. It’s competition robotics, lets compete, lets play. I left FRC since it was 6 plays for most teams for $4000. Here you got 13 plays for $20, beat that price at Chuck-E-Cheese.
So the question is “How many matches is too many matches and why?”