Jon T made interesting observations about events that try to maximize the number of robot matches. He said (my words) when matches are back to back often teams don’t have a chance to reflect on the last match, think of a strategy or mechanical change, implement it, change battery packs (where is that joystick screwdriver) and get to the next match (sorry Jon, I smashed two posts together)
We try to get each team to have 6 plays before the eliminations. On our 18 team events teams will get 7 and maybe 8 plays. (The more fields you have the easier it is to do this, for example with 8 fields and 32 teams each team would play 14 times in a single day, but intra-match time is 2.5 minutes)
We do our events in cafeterias, so the fields and the pits are close. Mid-Atlantic is in a building that covers 4 acres, so it’s a long walk between matches.
What’s the best balance? More matches? Less matches (Hey come to the 2011 Slow Poke Round Up, only three matches!) How about a Segway for Jon T and I to get back and forth to our teams pits :rolleyes: