Our team 2616D was on the winning alliance of the REX competition. Tournament champions and finalists were awarded with spots at the Maryland competition. HOWEVER, only in-state teams would be allowed to go. Two of the three teams from the winning alliance were out-of-state (we are from New Jersey and 5757G is from Virginia).
Also, word is that the only way to get to worlds this year is by winning a worlds-qualifying award at state competitions. I don’t know about other places, but New Jersey only has one A YEAR so that means only one chance to get to worlds.
I think that it’s pretty unfair for teams who’ve won state-qualifying spots to not be able to go. What do you guys think?
Yeah last year we had many “regionals” then we had 3 “super regionals” which included teams from Maine all the way down to Connecticut. I think it worked out really well, but I don’t know if that will happen again this year.
The way I understand it, Teams go to normal state competitions, where awards qualify teams for State/reigional championships, and all the worlds sports are won at the big competitions. I personally am fine with the system as long as there are multi-regional competitions since I think it severely lowers the level of competition when only teams from one state participate.
The Missouri and Mississippi State championships state on the robotevents page that they are open to surrounding states. We have signed up for Mississippi already and will sign up for Missouri as soon as the registration opens. We plan on doing New Orleans again as well.
I don’t know how this will effect qualifications though. Texas has enough teams and territory that I am sure that there are quite a few spots. We are hoping for 12-15 tournaments this season so I hope nothing changes to keep us from doing that.
Nope. Haverford was just a big event last year so it got some qulaifying spots under the old model. We had a PA State Championship a few weeks earlier.
Shout out to our Vexmen kids who did well at these events last year:
Haverford Stampede Design Award - 81M - Mystique
PA State Championships Middle School Excellence Award - 80R - Rogue
PA State Championships Tournament Champs - 90C - Cyclops (with killer bot captain ACME 12A & Haverford’s 169B)