In previous years, 12 teams (all semifinalists) in each local competition advanced to the state (or national, for non-US teams)-level competition, with the addition of some extra teams for Skills performance and other awards. But with the switch from best-of-3 to best-of-1 and from an 8-seed bracket with 3-team alliances to a 16-seed bracket with 2-team alliances (as well as those special rules for smaller competitions), I’m uncertain as to just how many teams will qualify to advance from each local-level competition.
I was unable to locate anything addressing this in either this year’s VRC manual or any of the other resources I looked at. My team is not yet registered for this year’s competition, so we cannot use the Q&A system. If this information is truly unknown, would somebody be able to submit a query to the Q&A system so we can have an answer?
Last year’s was dated July 28 - so I was assuming that this year’s qualify criteria would come out in late summer. For some reason, I seem to remember that it is connected to the EP Summit and is not published until after that takes place. I could be wrong, though.
The number of teams who qualify from each event depends on the region.
If your region keeps the same number of events and the same number of spots at your state/national championship, I expect that all 8 semifinalists, all Excellence Award winners, all Design Award winners, and all Robot Skills Champions will qualify for your state or national championship.
If the number of events in your region grows, or if the number of spots at your State Championship shrinks, each event may qualify fewer teams than before. If this happens, the way spots are given out would likely be similar to the list on page 2 of the qualifying criteria PDF, but subtracting the number of third picks (1, 2, or 4) from the number of spots.
P.S. I predict that this year, events that qualify 33 or more teams (such as the three California State Championships) might qualify all of the quarterfinalists. If your region has an event that is twice as large as the others (and has at least 32-33 teams competing), this may happen with a local event there.
For an event with 12 spots, the teams qualifying for the state or national championship would be the eight semifinalists, the Robot Skills Champion, the Excellence Award winner, the Design Award winner, and the Amaze Award winner.