David’s post led me to look on VIMS, and I’ve got a hunch that we now know most of the event dates.
If VIMS is to be believed, they are:
2/28-3/1: BAE, Midwest, New Jersey, Oregon, St. Louis 3/6-3/8: Arizona, Finger Lakes, Kansas City, VCU, San Diego 3/13-3/15: Boilermaker, Chesapeake, Detroit, Florida, Peachtree, Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley, Wisconsin 3/20-3/22: Buckeye, Lone Star, Los Angeles, UC Davis Sacramento, Waterloo, West Michigan 3/23-3/25: Israel 3/27-3/29: Bayou, Boston, Colorado, Greater Toronto, Great Lakes, Las Vegas, Palmetto, Philadelphia, Long Island 4/3-4/5: New York City
Missing to my knowledge are Hawaii, Seattle, and a follow-up (if any) to the Brazilian Pilot from last season.
I’m not booking tickets yet, but it is something to contemplate.
I saw this yesterday as I was registering as well.
GLR is going to be a whole new ball (tube, box, tetra) game in 2008! Having been a week 2 regional for as long as I can remember, moving to week 5 is going to radically bump up the level of competition.
Most, if not ALL Michigan school’s spring breaks will be the week of March 16 (before Spring Break). The state testing window (either the official or make up session, i’m not sure) for the Junior class falls the week after Spring break and that is the ONLY time the test can be performed, mainly since one of them is the ACT and it has to be done at the same time/day as everyone else. Therefore, most schools are opting to schedule Spring Break before Easter in order to accommodate the testing and not interrupt Spring Break with testing.
Week 5, in the case of the Capitals–naturally, the week of Palmetto. I went through this once before, in 2005 with 1293, and it was not a particularly enjoyable experience with half the team out on their own vacations.
if dates are true, then the detroit reg may become the one to go to for some schools. tthey would be out on break. wmr might take a hit because of easter,and glr will become very tough except toronto is at same time. might loss some canadian teams. looks like seven weekends.
LSR is week 4 this year, as opposed to week 5 last year. It also falls under our team’s spring break too, so I don’t miss any school! On another note, I’m surprised they moved Bayou back so much, I just hope Oklahoma is week one or two now.
Also I see 6 weekends [the Israeli regional falls in week 4] and I wonder if any of the new regionals [not mentioned above] will take a week 6 slot?
As Andy said, everything is still in a finalization stage and may move around. I would not suggest booking plane tickets and hotels around this schedule. Wait for a final announcement coming from FIRST in the near future.
You got that right. We were looking forward to having those folks who always leave town at spring break able to see WMR. Our other preferred regionals (Boilermaker, but Wisconsin also) will also force the back to back situation. This really throws a wrench into our plans.