We would like clarification on the skills qualification for this year's world championship. Our first question is on the legality of the scores from the Utah BATC skills competition on March 5th. At this event while 17 teams were registered only 7 actually ran. On page 52 of the handbook (http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2016/02/vrc-event-planning-resources-guide.pdf) it labels an official qualification event as having a minimum of 16 participating teams. We would like clarification on why scores at this event which had only 7 participating teams are considered official worlds qualifying scores. We are especially interested in this event because our RECF representative told us we needed 16 teams at our skills event to be able to count our scores toward the world ranking list. For an event we made we spent lots of time and effort to make sure we would have 16 teams to ensure that it was a qualifying event not a scrimmage. We are also aware that other scores have been taken down for violating rules including not having enough teams participating and are wondering why this event is an exception. Our second question is why in programming skills the team ranked 32nd was invited to worlds. While they did have the same score as the 30th ranked team there is a flowchart outlining how ties should be broken in page 3 of Appendix B of the Nothing But Net Game Manual. After the highest score the next tiebreaker is the next highest score posted by the teams. It is our understanding that these procedures were how teams were labeled as 30 vs 31 or 32 in the first place. Therefore why was an invite sent to teams who were close but not in the top 30 instead of having the tie breaking procedures followed. If they are being awarded a slot to worlds for being close to the top thirty then shouldn't consistency be reflected in the robot skill rankings?
Team 2527A, The Five