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Week 4 Recap


Montgomery

Alliance Selections
  • With a perfect 12-0 Qualification record 225 clinched the #1 seed, and selected the Mount Olive champions 25 and the 2016 Montgomery Rookie All-Stars 5992 to join their alliance. Meanwhile, 3314, now at their third event in a row, selected Bridgewater-Raritan champions 56 to saddle up on the #2 alliance, Mount Olive finalists 222 picked Hall of Famers 341 to join the prowl on the #3 alliance, and 2017 World Champs 1676 picked last year’s Montgomery winners 75 to raid with them on alliance #4.

Finals

For the second time this season, Team 25 found themselves standing across the field from 222 in the Finals of a competition. Would powerhouses 25 and 222 both get their second event win of the season, or would 222 be able to finally trade in their Mount Olive silver medal for a gold? During the Finals, 341 deployed the distinct strategy of using signs in the stands to alert their drivers of which alliance owned each switch and scale and by how many cubes, but would it prove to be a vital advantage?
  • The #3 blue alliance had the lead after autonomous of Finals 1, with 341 reaching their scale first while 225 missed their first cube. But, 225 was able to get their second on while 341’s second dropped off. With the scale leveling out as teleop began, 225 and 25 immediately went to work to gain control as 341 and 222 tried their best to slow them down. With red ahead, 225 and 25 peeled off from the scale in order to retain possession of their switch and take over blue’s as well. Unfortunately for red, 5992 died directly in front of the exchange with 75 seconds left, but 225 was able to turn them and push them away with 45 seconds to go. With 225 continuing to fill the vault and successfully climbing at the end of the match, even 222’s climb was no match for the red alliance. With a score of 384-227, the #1 alliance took the lead in the series.

  • The red alliance came out swinging in Finals 2, with 225 getting not one, not two, but three power cubes on the scale in autonomous mode. As their partners kept busy filling their vaults, 225 and 25 stacked more and more cubes on their scale, with 341 and 222 doing their best to keep up. 25 and 225 again parted ways to play the switch game, but with just over 50 seconds left to go 225 lost comm as they almost tip. Down their primary climbing bot, 5992 attempted to get themselves up during the endgame, but weren’t able to get up high enough. Despite 222 again getting airborne and 341 trying to lift themselves as well, the #1 red alliance was again able to overpower blue, with a final score of 418-222. With this victory, 25 and 225 both earned their second wins of the season, while 5992 won their first ever blue banner.

Awards Ceremony
  • In the Awards Ceremony, 3637, who had just won their first Engineering Inspiration Award at Bridgewater-Raritan, took home their first Chairman’s Award, while 4575 earned their third Engineering Inspiration. Despite 6897 being the sole rookie in attendance, MAR again declined to hand out a Rookie All-Star Award, and instead handed out Rookie Inspiration.


Seneca

Alliance Selections
  • After a rough first outing the previous week, 5895 clinched the top seeded position over 203 by just 40 park/climb points. The top seed selected speedy scale specialist 316 with the event’s first pick. 203 set up an Mm-Mm Good alliance with 365’s flippin’ awesome climber and made their way into the semifinals before facing defeat. Westtown’s #1 seed 834 landed 4th at Seneca, and put their trust in saboteur 1640 and worked their way through the bracket all the way to the finals. Bringing the heat, 223 picked up MAR’s fastest elevator, 1712, as well as rookie 7110. However, the biggest surprise of the day was the #8 alliance of 1391, 2180, and 2495 who defeated the #1 alliance in 2 matches, and continued their march on into the finals to set up an epic 4 vs 8 finale.

Finals
  • In Finals 1, 1640 raced to the scale in autonomous, with 1391 comes up just short for red. In teleop, blue quickly extends upon their lead on the scale, but their exchange specialist 2600 appears to have an issue with their arm. Realizing that trying for the scale is now fruitless red attempts to switch things up, with 1391 taking over the blue switch with 47 seconds left to go. In the end game, four robots attempt to hook unto the bar, but with the clock winding down only one robot is able to get up. But, even 2495’s last-second climb for red is not enough, with blue taking the win by over 150 points, 402-251.

  • 1391 is able to beat 834 to the scale in Finals 2, but 1640 swerves their way over to place a second cube on for blue just seconds later. Just as red seems to be close to catching blue on the scale, 2180’s intake breaks with over a minute and a half left. Taking advantage of the situation 834 peels off, and neutralizes the red scale with 60 seconds left on the clock. But, never underestimate the power of a moose. With cubes dropping off the blue side of the scale, red begins to possess the scale in the last 30 seconds. 1640 places on one last cube to own the scale with 20 seconds to go, and with 834 climbing off of 1640’s buddy bar, blue seals the deal, 445-186. This marks the 10th win for 1640, second for captains 834, and first-ever for last year’s Seneca finalists 2600.

Awards Ceremony
  • Last but not least, in the awards ceremony, last year’s MAR Champs Chairman winners 272 won their fourth Chairman’s Award, while 1391 hung the red #clingbling off their antlers after winning their first ever Engineering Inspiration Award. Congrats!


Hudson Valley Regional
  • Just across the stateline into New York, 2590 dominated the regional teams at the 2018 Hudson Valley Regional, and seeded #1 with a perfect Qual record of 12-0. Joined by 2017 Carson Subdivision winners 1796 and 2017 Hudson Valley Rookie All-Stars 6401, they easily sailed through the playoffs with their partners on their carbon-fiber wings. In Finals, they faced local favorites 694, joined by 2017 Hudson Valley winners 2601 and rookies 6806. With a consistent autonomous and the climbing high to face the boss each match, 2590 lead their #1 alliance to victory with scores over 400 in both Finals matches, and stamped their ticket for the World Championship for the 7th year in a row. And, last but not least, Nemesis also took home their 6th-ever Industrial Design Award as well.


Greater Pittsburgh Regional
  • After ranking 1st at Mount Olive and 3rd at Bridgewater-Raritan, 303 seeded #2 at the 2018 Greater Pittsburgh Regional. The #1 seed, 4028, selected Kettering FiM District finalists 217 over 303, but ended up being upset in the Quarterfinals to the 8 alliance. The TEST Team ended up choosing 4027 and 6032 to join their show, and made it to the finals after going to three matches in the Semis. In the Finals they went up against the #5 alliance of 4145, 5472, and 337, and after two very close matches with scales more full than Double-Stuf Oreos, they won both by less than 30 points and 50 points, respectively. 303 brought home their third win of the season and 6th blue banner in the past two years, along with their second Entrepreneurship Award, both of which were won in 2018. Maybe now Western PA will change their mind about MAR? After all you know what they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Or, maybe they’ll just be left saying “WOW”





Week 5 Recap


Hatboro-Horsham, Take 2

Finals
  • The finals saw the #1 alliance of 2590, 25, and 6226 take on the #2 seed of 1218, 1640, and 1647 for one of the most intense matchups in MAR this season. In Finals 1, the scale tipped back and forth with both alliances neck and neck at placing cubes on the scale. The two alliances took two distinct but almost equally effective approaches: 2590 and 25 tried to fill the scale as quickly as possible, while 1218 and 1640 focused on building a neat first layer and being able to reliably build up the second layer. However, 2590 and 25 were able to take control of both switches and 6226 nearly filled the vault to win the match by a mere 15 points, 359-244.

  • In the Finals 2, the two alliances went back and forth with the scale again, but as both alliances finished the first layer of cubes, 1218 and 1640 quickly took control of the scale as their neat first layer allowed them to place the second with ease. For the second match, quality beat quantity, but only barely: #2 ended 2590’s 34 match win streak, 369-352.

  • Finals 3 began with both alliances placing a cube on the scale. It was very briefly a close match, until 1640’s elevator broke, rendering them unable to score cubes. At this point, it was game over for 1218, 1640, and 1647 and the #1 alliance of 2590, 25, and 6226 emerged victorious.

Awards Ceremony
  • In the final MAR District Awards Ceremony of 2018, 1640 won their first-ever Chairman's Award, while gracious hosts 708 earned their (surprisingly) first-ever Engineering Inspiration Award. And, at their third MAR District of the year, rookies 6943, the Blue Bears, finally took home the Rookie All-Star Award. Congrats to all!


Buckeye Regional
  • In their 4th consecutive competition of 2018, 3314 traveled back to the Buckeye Regional, where they last competed in 2016. Keeping the streak alive, they again ranked in the Top 8, this time seeding 6th. The Mustangs were selected by the #4 seed 4145, who had lost to 303 in the Pittsburgh Finals the week prior, and further joined by 5030, who won the inaugural Central New York Regional earlier this season despite being broken for most of playoffs. They were almost upset in the Quarterfinals, winning their third match by just 6 points, but picked up their trot and galloped all the way to the finals. There, they faced the #3 alliance of 379, 291, and 6490 in blue, who had the only thing that could top 3314’s two-robot climb: a three-robot climb. Finals 1 saw a back-and-forth scale battle, but with blue getting the lead in auto and successfully facing the boss, red lost 371-392. 3314 fought back in Finals 2, taking the lead early on with their 2-cube scale autonomous mode. With blue unable to get off the ground in the endgame, red evened out the series with a score of 405-229. With 6490’s intake seemingly breaking in Finals 3, the #3 alliance subbed in 2016 Buckeye winners 4121, but their attempted scale autonomous mode disrupted 291’s two-cube. With 3314 again hitting their two-cube autonomous, red again took an early lead before another tight battle over the scale. 3314’s ability to score three-cubes-high on the scale proved vital as they claimed the scale before the 30-second horn sounded, with the blue alliance quickly running out of room. In the end game, 5030 fell off of 3314’s foks as the lifted into air, but with the blue alliance unable to get up in time, 3314 walked away with their second-ever event win, with a final score of 332-244.





The State of the MAR-ion


After four five (thanks, snow) weeks of tough competition, the top 60 teams in MAR will again all travel out of their way to the District Championship at Lehigh, University. 11, and 321 placed outside of the top 60 yet qualified via Chairman’s, but with the 21st and 22nd ranked teams, Hall of Famers 341 and rookies 7110, both declining their invitations, 2539 and 6226 were invited to join the fray this weekend as well. 2539 has accepted their invite, but it appears that 6226 has declined theirs, with an invitation being passed down to 2495, who accepted.


This year, MAR is allocated 22 slots to World Champs North, plus a few exceptions. These exceptions include:
  • Hall of Fame Teams 103, 341, and 365
  • 2017 World Champions 1676
  • Detroit Waitlisters 555
Please note that these five teams listed above DO NOT count against the 22 MAR slots that will be awarded this weekend. However, with that said…


Three additional MAR teams have already qualified for Half Champs via outside regionals this season. These teams are:
  • 303, winners of the Greater Pittsburgh Regional
  • 3314, winners of the Buckeye Regional
  • 2590, winners of the Hudson Valley Regional
Please note that these three teams listed above DO count against the 22 MAR slots that will be awarded this weekend, reducing the amount left to be given out down to 19. So...


The remaining 19 World Championship slots will be distributed as follows:
  • 2 DCMP Chairman’s Award Winners
  • 2 DCMP Engineering Inspiration Award Winners
  • 1 Rookie All-Star Award Winner (Maybe...More on that in a bit)
  • 3 teams from the Winning Alliance (or 4, if a backup robot is used)
  • With the remaining 11 (+/- one, or more) slots going to the next highest ranked teams via District Points.
However, if any of the eight already-qualified teams listed above are on the Winning Alliance or “earn” a point slot or win a Culture Changing Award (not this year!), then the slot is simply passed down as a point slot to the next highest ranked team. The 19 World Champs slots left to be given out this weekend are in ADDITION to those aforementioned eight teams. To all you flat-Earthers and non-believers out there, World Championship slots CANNOT be destroyed if “earned” by a team that is already qualified for Detroit, rather they are simply transformed to point slots. Didn’t you learn the First Law of Thermodynamics?


Taking a look at the district points, not surprisingly, the first three spots are made up of the three MAR teams that won each one of their district events this season: 225, 303, and 25. 303 is already qualified for World Champs by winning a regional, so if they remain high up in the standings, they will be passed over when point slots are distributed. So too will the fourth ranked team, 2590, who also is already qualified by winning a regional. The 8th and 15th ranked teams, 365 and 3314, will also be passed over, as too will the 23rd and 24th ranked teams, 103 and 1676. If the 11 World Championship slots were given out based on how the rankings are right now, the 14th ranked team, 1712, would receive the final slot. However, the teams on the DCMP Winning Alliance usually cement a place among the top ranked teams, so point slots will likely be passed further down, since they would be awarded a Winning Alliance slot instead. The same goes for if any of the top ranked teams win Chairman’s, Engineering Inspiration, or Rookie All-Star. Nonetheless, with all district points being multiplied threefold this weekend, anything could happen. Best of luck to all, and may the best teams advance!






The Mysterious Case of MAR's Culture Changing Awards

A recent Chief Delphi thread regarding the auto-entry for Chairman’s teams has spawned a discussion of whether awards should be given to teams that deserve them, or to less-deserving teams in order to “spread the wealth”. In recent years, the same discussion has been mentioned across MAR as well. For instance, let’s compare the 2017 MAR District Chairman’s and Engineering Inspiration Winners to this season:

2017
  • Chairman’s: 272, 203, 303, 433, 708, 1676, 4575
  • Engineering Inspiration: 75, 1218, 1676, 1640, 1712, 3142, 5401

2018
  • Chairman’s: 11, 272, 321, 433, 1640, 1923, 3637
  • Engineering Inspiration: 224, 708, 1218, 1391, 2729, 3637, 4575

When comparing these lists, there are a few things to note. First, both of last year’s MAR Champs EI winners, 75 and 3142, failed to win EI at a district this year. 708, one of last year’s MAR Champs Chairman’s Award winners, also did not win a District Chairman’s this year, instead earning EI at their home event. In fact, of last year’s 7 District Chairman’s Award winners, only 2, 272 and 433, won a District Chairman’s Award in 2018, and of the 7 District Engineering Inspiration winners from last season, only 1218 won one again this time around. 1640 did go from a 2017 District EI to a 2018 District Chairman’s, while 4575 went from a 2017 District Chairman’s to a 2018 District EI. And, 1676, the only team to win both Chairman’s and Engineering Inspiration at a MAR District last year (but walked away from MAR Champs with nothing) won neither this season, while 3637 won both their first ever District Engineering Inspiration Award and District Chairman’s Award in 2018. This year was also 1640’s first time ever winning Chairman’s, as well as 224’s 708’s, 1391’s, first win of Engineering Inspiration. Perhaps most impressive of that list is 224, who had only won three judged awards previously: Safety back in 2005, and Quality in 2016 and 2002.

Now, the MARtian isn’t trying to call out our district judges (Scout’s honor, the MARtian truly appreciates all of our wonderful volunteers!), but it is interesting that MAR hasn’t seen a long Chairman’s streak that is present in other regions. Take 503, 548, and 1718 in Michigan, 604 in California, 1311 in Georgia, 1540 in PNW, or 340 and 1511 in New York. These teams have true shots at the Hall of Fame title, building up reputations over many seasons. Sure, teams that have to compete against these heavy-hitters might be annoyed to always live in their shadows, but to that the MARtian says: Do better. Instead of being upset seeing another team always win, improve your own program so that you can compare to them. In the MARtian’s eyes, an award should always be given to the team that truly earns it, not to a less-deserving team in order to “give them a chance”. As of now, no MAR team truly has a shot at the Hall of Fame, with a new crop of teams winning it at the District level, and then at the DCMP, each year. It would take a Chairman’s run over numerous seasons to prove worthy of world-renowned recognition, which has not yet been seen in MAR. It is at this time we should all stop and think about what the true purpose of the Chairman’s Award is. Is it to recognize the most deserving teams and highlight their efforts to spread the message of FIRST far and wide, or to showcase a rotating handful of teams throughout multiple seasons so that each team gets its glory?

In the same vein, despite there being a record number of 9 rookies in MAR this year, only 4 Rookie All-Star Awards were given out at our 7 District Events:
  • 7024 at Westtown
  • 6860 at Mount Olive
  • 6808 at Springside Chestnut Hill
  • 6943 at Hatboro-Horsham

There were two rookies in MAR last season, and while only one, 6327, won RAS at the District level, the award was not given out at the District Championship. As per the FIRST website, “As there are often far fewer rookie teams than veteran teams present at events, Judges have the option of not presenting this award if they feel no rookie team competing meets the criteria.” Obviously, as per the rant above, the Rookie All-Star Award should only be given out if a team is truly deserving of it. With four great options this year, will one of our rookies advance on to Detroit, or will the MAR Champs Rookie All-Star Award remain as elusive as the impalpable MissingNo.?






Week 6 Preview


2018 FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship

It’s here, after snow and more snow and then even more after that we have finally arrived at the Boss Level, The MAR District Championship! And with even more snow planned for this weekend, who knows what will happen on Saturday afternoon. 60 teams will walk in, but only 22 teams will move on to Detroit. If you thought ‘awards don’t matter’ think again, since a judged award at minimum is 15 points towards earning a slot. Yes, even Spirit. Every win, every ranking slot, every point, every second this year is valued. And while all 60 teams will be vying for the win, only a select few will be eligible for the coveted Rookie All-Star, Engineering Inspiration, and Chairman’s Awards. Who will move on to represent us on the North World Championship stage?

Top Teams
  • How do you make sure that all three teams on your alliance climb to Face the Boss each match? Well, by taking them up with you of course. After ranking first and making it to the finals at each event so far, the number of matches 2590 has lost this year can be counted on one hand, with a finger to spare. Sporting a triple climb, dangerous auto modes, and not one but two impressive elevators, there is no doubt that Nemesis will be bringing the Fury in the playoffs.

  • After not winning a single blue banner last year, 225 has certainly turned up the heat in 2018, ranking first in MAR points going into the DCMP. Winning both of their MAR districts and leading the #1 alliance to the finals down at Greater D.C., 225 can score more in auto than some teams can score in the entire match, even if their plate is on the other side. Who will be able to tame the flame, and who will be burned by SpitFire this weekend?

  • Drifting across the field in auto, 303 is sporting more blue than Eiffel 65. MAR Champs may no longer be held in Philly, but their robot Rocky is just getting started. Lighting the way as they race to the scale, they better make more room in their trophy case. They’ve aced every test so far, but how will they do on the final exam?

  • Going for their 25th Blue Banner, 25 seems as dominant as ever. At this point, who in MAR hasn’t lost to Raider Robotix? They’ve been the first pick and winner at all 3 of their districts in 2018, even without a roller claw. Building upon their successes in 2007 and 2011, is elevating to new levels. However, the Hatboro Finals revealed a critical weakness at high levels of play: limited reach for precise scale placement. While 25 is adept at winning the race for the scale lead, will they be able to stack neatly enough to hold it for the match?

  • MAR’s swerve experts and last year’s Archimedes Subdivision winners 1640 are back and better than ever. They missed out on gold in MAR last season, but found themselves new glory in 2018 with their first ever Chairman’s Award. With the ability to score on the scale in auto no matter where their plate falls, we’ll all see what their 12th robot can DEW this Saturday afternoon.

  • Ranking 4th at both of their MAR districts this year, 56 earned their 12th blue banner after winning Bridgewater-Raritan. They are one of the few MAR teams that’s a member of #TeamHandOff, with their elevator keeping a strong grip even in the strongest of defense. ROBBE is bound to make a good showing at MAR Champs.

  • The SparTechs haven’t slowed down since their breakout season in 2016, doubling down on their win from last year. 834 ranked first at Westtown, but didn’t taste victory until Seneca. It’s not coincidence that their robot is a piece of Reliable Equipment - that’s one of their sponsors too! Their iconic white robot is hard to forget, and they’ll be one to remember going into alliance selections.

  • It’s hard to believe that 1218’s last blue banner came all the way back in 2016. After ranking 5th at Springside Chestnut Hills and being knocked out in the Semis, they bounced back at Hatboro, seeding 2nd and making it to the finals. Will their sleek black paint job finally see some buddies hanging with them in the eliminations? Expect these Vulcans to live long and prosper at Lehigh.

  • Looking more like Luigi than their robot’s namesake, 365 and MOErio have done everything this season short of saving the princess. Seeding 2nd and 3rd so far in 2018, they reached at Westtown but couldn’t snag the flag in time. They appear to have shed their buddy climb platform by the time they reached Seneca, but there’s nothing these miracle makers can’t work out.


Contenders
  • After a lukewarm showing up at Central New York, 223 turned up the heat back in MAR. They ranked 5th at Mount Olive and Seneca, giving the region’s top scale bots a run for their money. With a robot named Hors D'oeurbes, their finalist showing at Mount Olive was just an appetizer. They’ve never played after lunch on Saturday of MAR Champs, but that’s likely to change in this Xtremely successful season.

  • Tip of the hat to 708, experts at filling the vault and stealing their opponent’s switch. Winning gold for the first time at Westtown, their custom transmissions, lead screw design, and worm drive gearbox are the ultimate hat trick. But, it my just be their innovative butterfly drive that will bring them back on top at Lehigh.

  • When 3314 enters the field, it’s time to saddle up. Sporting a fork-lift buddy climb and a multiple-cube scale autonomous mode, these Mustangs rode back from the Buckeye Regional with their second-ever event win. Playing five weeks in a row has certainly given these kids from Clifton plenty of Power Up experience, but will the multiple consecutive competitions prove to be a double-edged sword for their robot Cutlass?

  • Many were shocked to see 103’s double-sided intake in their 2018 reveal video, but have the CyberSonics bitten off more than they can chew? They seemed to run into some issues in the finals of Springside Chestnut Hill, failing to pick up even a single cube. Nonetheless, they were good as new at the rescheduled Hatboro-Horsham, ranking in the top 8 with the third highest Ownership points, so you better prepare for double-trouble this weekend.

  • While it might not have been their time at the Palmetto Regional, the clock struck 12 for the MidKnight Inventors back in MAR. 1923 seeded 2nd and 3rd at their MAR Districts, making it to the Finals at Bridgewater-Raritan. With a lightning-fast elevator and #AllBlackEverything, let’s just hope that their robot Blackout doesn’t cause another one at the Stabler Arena.

  • They might be Lunatecs, but 316 wasn’t crazy when they prioritized neat scale stacking this year. Salem’s Awesome Machine has an equally awesome intake, which flips power cubes into the narrow orientation to allow for compact scoring to optimize plate space. They haven’t ranked lower than 7th in 2018 and already made it to the finals once, and these kids from South Jersey already won MAR Champs once in 2015. Will it be twice in a blue moon for the Lunatecs this time?


Sleepers
  • Like the animal their team is named for, 222 is usually crotched and stealthy, but can quickly pounce up when it’s time to strike. These quick cats are masters of the switch and exchange, but can telescope to defend their scale from unlikely predators. They’ve had to settle for silver so far in 2018, but this weekend might just mark the 5th golden ring for the Tigertrons.

  • 2016 might not be able to reach the scale, but they’re the perfect bot to compliment any top alliance. No, they’re not just monkeying around - their expert ability to fill the vault and defend the switch will be sure to throw a wrench in any opponents’ plans. If you overlook them for the eliminations, you’re bananas.

  • Making an impact is 219, just like the cubes they shoot high in the sky. They’ve won just one more match than they’ve lost, but if they’ve got the aim they’ll win the game. Team Impact is one of the best robots in MAR at the first 45 seconds of the match, with reliable scale autos for either scale assignment and the ability to quickly cement a scale lead. However, their Achilles’ heel is reliably scoring cubes past the first layer on the scale and getting out of the way when it’s time to let the elevators and arms take over.

  • After a win in each of their first two seasons, 5895 may not having the best of luck this year. After ranking #1 at Seneca, Peddie School Robotics lost in quarters for the second time this season despite bringing a fast elevator and skilled driving to the table. If they can improve their intake and up their autonomous game they may be able to break their quarterfinal curse and prove that they haven’t just had beginner’s luck.

  • Two-time semifinalist alliance captain 1257 may not be the fastest scale scorer but showed an unparalleled ability to place cubes exactly where they want, even on a heavily populated scale. With this niche skill and their fast switch and vault scoring, Bad Horse is a dark horse who is the perfect compliment for one of the many fast scale specialists who struggle to place neatly.

  • 5404’s robot is reminiscent of their namesake, with their long orange neck reaching high into the air to place cubes on the scale. The Gearaffes boast a fast elevator with a unique cube-placement mechanism that specializes in collecting cubes from the portal. Their portal cycles can quickly tip the scale in their favor, but their very slow ground intake leaves them susceptible to defense, which cost them the quarterfinals at Hatboro.

  • The 2017 World Champs 1676 might not be having the repeat season they had hoped, but they’re improving with each step. Ranking 24th up at Waterbury, their robot Dragon has taken flight in MAR, ranking 9th and 6th at their two MAR events. They’ve been raising the level of play each weekend, but haven’t seen gold in MAR since 2016. Will Pascack be able to ramp it up in time for the District Championship?


Midwest Regional
  • The Flower Power squad is hitting the road this week and heading out to Chicago. Joining 341 at the Midwest Regional are fellow Hall of Fame teams 16 and 111, along with local powerhouses such as 2451. Their blink-of-an-eye climber lifted them to the finals of the MAR Montgomery District Event, but these daisies haven’t seen gold since MAR Champs 2016. They’ve been sprouting higher and higher at each event so far in 2018, reaching the Semis and then the Finals in MAR. Will their petals finally reach full bloom in the Prairie State?


Long Island Regional #1
  • 709 and 2234 both only competed at a single MAR District this season, but together they’re travelling out to New York to the Long Island Regional #1. Both of these teams are still on the search for their first event win, and with MAR Champs out of the picture, a win this weekend would mean a trip to World Champs. Will the district out-of-towners put up a fight against the regional crowd?
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Now, the MARtian isn’t trying to call out our district judges (Scout’s honor, the MARtian truly appreciates all of our wonderful volunteers!), but it is interesting that MAR hasn’t seen a long Chairman’s streak that is present in other regions. Take 503, 548, and 1718 in Michigan, 604 in California, 1311 in Georgia, 1540 in PNW, or 340 and 1511 in New York. These teams have true shots at the Hall of Fame title, building up reputations over many seasons.
That's a pretty curious list of teams you're calling out for streaks leading to potential HoF recognition, given that 1311 is the only team among them to win a Chairman's Award so far this year. It's not the judges' responsibility to keep streaks alive. That's on the teams to continue pushing the envelope of what they can achieve with their programs, and continue giving the judges new and better reasons to select them each year.
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Re: The MARtian: Play For Real

There are plenty of great teams doing new things each year, while other teams may not be continuously improving or may be resting on the accomplishments of previous years.

I rarely say this, but I agree with Sean here.
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That's a pretty curious list of teams you're calling out for streaks leading to potential HoF recognition, given that 1311 is the only team among them to win a Chairman's Award so far this year. It's not the judges' responsibility to keep streaks alive. That's on the teams to continue pushing the envelope of what they can achieve with their programs, and continue giving the judges new and better reasons to select them each year.
I don't think he's trying to say judges should and its not a grantee that they win every year but I have noticed MAR doesn't have the consistency at the district level of top teams that I've heard of winning within MAR. Also historically those teams win it frequently. Every year I like watching the chairman's video dor the MAR teams and lately seeing winners at both the district and MAR championship level and there are teams that I've heard doing alot who don't get recognized as much as I thought they should. I'm also nit saying that the new guys aren't stepping uo and doing things worthy of recognition. Lately though it feels like chairmans is just being given to teams who didn't do nearly as much as other teams in the region.
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I don't think he's trying to say judges should and its not a grantee that they win every year but I have noticed MAR doesn't have the consistency at the district level of top teams that I've heard of winning within MAR. Also historically those teams win it frequently. Every year I like watching the chairman's video dor the MAR teams and lately seeing winners at both the district and MAR championship level and there are teams that I've heard doing alot who don't get recognized as much as I thought they should. I'm also nit saying that the new guys aren't stepping uo and doing things worthy of recognition. Lately though it feels like chairmans is just being given to teams who didn't do nearly as much as other teams in the region.
Bold statement from a teamless account.
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Bold statement from a teamless account.
I mean its a valid statement but based on your team history you haven't been a mentor in MAR for a few years. Also you could just look at MAR teams chairmans videos for the winners the last couple years and compare you can see at least some major differences between teams and feel who did more. (Also side note I haven't been associated with a team for a couole years now just kind of keep an eye on MAR every now and again)
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I kind of feel like I should mention that this award is highly competitive within our region. Seven Chairman's awards are given out in our region but I feel like the award can go to at least 10 teams. Different elements from the judging session and competition probably come into play when judges are deliberating this award. All in all, I think it's cool to hear about what winning teams do year to year to earn the award - there shouldn't be just one winning recipe.
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