Will there be an official announcement of this like there was in Atlanta in 2008 about new regionals? This would be an awesome addition to 11’s beloved southern regionals! Palmetto, Chesapeake, VCU, and now NC! Awesome.
Well, team 1261 goes to P’tree (a 2 minute drive) and Palmetto (a 1 hr drive) so I’m not sure if we’ll be doing to NC. There are factors such as money, will-power, school administration happiness, grades, and many other things that’ll determine as to whether or not we’d be able to attend.
I’m not actually sure if that’d be a big problem. Only eleven teams in North Carolina competed last year, which made it relatively easy to map them out here. The lion’s share of the teams in the state already are in the Raleigh area, or at least far closer to it than the current options that teams choose (various permutations of Peachtree, Palmetto, and VCU, with only a couple going to Chesapeake or DC).
Ignoring pesky things like scheduling and loyalties, I would expect to see the biggest losses to hit VCU and Peachtree. Many of the teams that go to VCU presently only go to one regional, while many teams go to Peachtree along with Palmetto (or sometimes VCU), especially in that northeast corner of the state. Assuming that they bite on a regional in their backyard and have to cut one of their older events, I would expect many of them to pick Palmetto over Peachtree for proximity (it’s some 90 miles closer) and other reasons. Ditto the inevitable crop of rookies that will pop up around this event that find themselves receiving enough money to pick another event.
Keep Palmetto and this North Carolina regional far enough apart on the calendar, and I think it’d work out.
Did anyone else notice that only three states–Delaware, Rhode Island, and Maine–remain until FRC has swept I-95?
We would like the NC regional to be a different weekend from the SC and VCU regionals. This soon before competition the weekend for NC will probably depend on the arena’s and the state fairgrounds’ schedule.
The Chesapeake, VCU, Peachtree and currently the Palmetto regionals are all coordinated by the Virginia FRC Director and co-director. My guess is that the new NC Director will probably be taking responsibility over for the Palmetto regional.
We’ll see how things are scheduled and how FIRST moves things around.