This is the 1st year that Texas has taken on this new Regional level qualification structure. So everyone should be patient as we figure out the bumps and confusion of this process.
These guidelines do not answer all of the questions. One thing is clear, the highest skills score teams in Texas will definitely qualify for regionals and compete for World Championship spots.
Texas Qualification Guidelines:
The only way to qualify for World Championship in Texas is to perform well at an official Texas Regional
Teams must perform well in Texas events to qualify for a Regional
There will definitely be a North , South Texas Region (but the boundaries of those regions are still unclear)
The other regions have not been officially announced or listed on robotevents.com
Having the top Skills score in Texas will qualify you for a Regional (regardless of what region you are assigned)
Answers to the QUESTIONS:
Is the qualification separate for each regional? yes
**Is a Texas team confined to attending only one regional? ** no (this is a big grey area… teams in that region will have priority over teams not from that region)
**If so, does this team have a choice in which or is it assigned? **maybe (this will be up to the RECF and Regional coordinators)
Also, can a team participate in non-world qualifying events in different regions? yes
**how would they be treated if they were to earn a qualifying spot for the regional? ** (skills scores will be treated the same globally, winning spots might be treated differently)
I understand it is difficult to figure out a new system (especially since it is specific to Texas). It’s nice to get a little more insight on what teams here will be expecting this season. I wish you and everyone else involved the best as you go through this process.
The competition is going to be intense over here. I can’t wait to get started.
We are mentoring 3 new teams in Fannin, Hunt, and Hopkins counties and encouraging each of them to participate in programming skills. If we get an existing team grant and have our own field this year we will be very intently focused on programming skills.
Thank you Griffin, from a parent/mentor point of view that is what it is all about. We really focused on outreach this past year and either directly helped or influenced 5 area teams to start (our D team included). After seeing the excitement and intense curiosity of some of these students I can honestly say I have found my passion.
Our “A” robot was finished in July but has a couple of changes in progress before Conroe, our “D” robot will really be pushing it but should get the last few screws tightened just in time for Austin. From what I can tell we will have to qualify for the North Texas Regional Championship, but I guess this will become clear sometime soon. We will go to as many as time and money permit just for the enjoyment of the competition regardless of the qualification. Both regions have some insanely good teams so there is not going to be any easy world championship qualifications this year
Now back on subject, Greenville appears to have been bumped up to 80 teams so this will be a big event.