Okay, I’ll bite. I’m from a very rural area. We have 200 kids in our school, from 7th-12th grade. For us to compete, we have to travel, on average, around 3 hours. This makes for a six-hour round trip. There are not enough VRC teams within 2 hours of us to fill a competition. It would be nice if the RECF would recognize that every situation is unique and work with the region to find solutions, instead of trying to cookie cutter the solutions. I think this could also work in place where there aren’t enough competitions. The Oct. 1 deadline, to submit competitions, while great for setting up state competitions, also doesn’t take into account growth in the region.
I also wish that the RECF would take into more voices when making large changes. How hard would it be to send out a survey saying, “This is the problem that we are encountering, these are some solutions that we have brainstormed. What are your thoughts?” By doing this, it would stop a good deal of the grumbling. First, the affected parties would know WHY the changes are being made, and we all know that many heads working together can come up with many wonderful ideas. I think the ‘replay thread’ is a great example of this. With many voices coming together and talking about their perspective, then we all can get a better idea of how everybody is feeling.
I’m sure that I’ll come up with more, but that’s what’s on my mind right now.