Are you saying that Texas will be sending 23 teams to the World Championships regardless of tournament outcome? So say a team won State, and got the Excellence award. They could only use one spot, but won two. Does their second spot go to another team?
At our state tournament, there are a total of 11 awards that will be presented (all with World qualifying spots) but we (IN) have 14 World Qualifying spots available. Here are the awards:
Excellence Award HS (1)
Excellence Award MS (1)
Champions - 3 team alliance (3)
Finalist - 3 team alliance (3)
Robot Skills (1)
Programming Skills (1)
Design Award (1)
So now we have 3 spots remaining after the awards have been presented. To use the remaining 3 spots, Indiana gives 2 of the 3 spots to the 2nd ranked teams in both skills challenges, and also the 3rd ranked team in the programming skills challenge. So basically, we need to either get an award, or 2nd/3rd in Programming or 2nd in Drivers. That’s how we will get to Worlds from State.
That’s how IN is doing it. I’m not sure about the others Hopefully it all makes sense…
Yes. So if we win 4 of the 14, we would only get 1, and the other spots would go to skills. Basically the extra spots go to skills, but starting with programming first. So now, the 3rd/4th ranked teams in skills would get to Worlds. I find it kind of dumb, but whatever.
And why is it not possible to win Tournament, both Skills, and Excellence?
“isn’t IMpossible.” Meaning it is possible. In fact, here in Arizona I would not be that surprised if it happened.
This system has some problems, though. Shouldn’t the judges be able to distribute them to the teams that are most deserving, or are going to stand the best shot at Worlds? It just seems like there must be a better way than using Skills Rankings.
The system seems fine to me. Perhaps the only problem is defensive robots that are unable to win the competition or judged awards. I guess the message is, if you’re going to make a defensive robot and want to qualify for worlds, either make it good enough to win, or have good enough documentation to win Design or Excellence. Having the judges distribute spots to teams who they think are “deserving” without any clear criteria sounds like a recipe for disaster. Personally I like the emphasis on skills challenges. You could always qualify with a robot designed specifically for skills and rebuild a defensive robot for worlds.
As an aside, I also like the global skills ranking because it allows strong regions to “punch above their weight” as it were eg. Singapore currently has 4 robots in the top 7 for robot skills.
On Topic: I’ve seen some incredibly strong robots out of Texas this season. Any chance of this event being live streamed? Or perhaps some videos posted afterwards? Teams will be pulling out all the stops, what with those all important worlds spots up for grabs. One of the many state champs I will be watching very closely (from the other side of the planet of course :p)
All of our “A” teams qualification were in the South region so we signed up for that one at the last minute of our 3 week window. If we snag a North region qualification we may switch. Rumor is 9090C won the other 49 Dallas regional spots
That is correct, but if you qualify in one region and want to compete in the other regional championship you have to be added manually since the robotevents webpage will not allow you to do it yourself. Having waited until the night before our first qualification expired we signed up for the one we had access to sign up for.