I couldn’t find a discussion of this year’s New England schedule, so I figured I’d make one.
And some random thoughts:
- The Blue Alliance is showing Week 1’s “SE Mass Event” as being in Shrewsbury, whereas FIRST’s web site is showing it as being in Bridgewater. I’m assuming that FIRST’s site is the more accurate one for now, and the “Central Mass” event in Shrewsbury that’s happened a couple times has once again disappeared. But sometimes TBA seems to know more about events than FIRST does, so I thought it was worth asking about.
- The compression to 6 weeks to allow for a little bit of a break between DIstrict Champs and World Champs means that we once again have a 3-event weekend, this time for Week 1. The last time that New England had a 3-event weekend, in week 4 of 2019, none of the events were particularly full, and I know it was a bit weird logistically to have a third field. I particularly (just because this is the perspective I see events from) wonder about how they’ll all get the key volunteers, as I think that’s been tough in general and Pine Tree is a bit out of the way for a lot of New England (though of course the only close event for some of it). Not that I have a better schedule in mind, and I know trying to coordinate all the logistics and venues has to be crazy difficult, but it’s something that I need events, volunteers, and teams may need to be proactive about to try to deal with.
- I am once again disappointed in needing to pick between Hartford and WPI, which are the closest events to my home in addition to just each being awesome events. (Again, I understand everything is crazy difficult to schedule, etc.)
- And District Champs is once again at the Big E. I optimistically assume this means that there’s a plan for dealing with the floor there.