That’s a valid point. However, there’s inspirational value in meeting HoF teams as well - talking to HoF teams at the HoF tables was the highlight of 2017 champs for me. Making it to semifinals for our division was exciting, and definitely fun for the kids, but talking to HoF teams and asking them questions gave me more inspiration and ideas for improving my team than any other single activity in my six years of mentoring. Going to Champs isn’t just inspirational to teams because it’s big and the level of competition is higher, it’s inspirational because of all the cool opportunities that don’t exist outside of Champs, and getting all the teams with the most inspiring, innovative outreach in one room where you can talk to them is one of those opportunities. Meeting teams from all over the world used to be another, before 2Champs. A massive, stunning sponsor career fair/expo in the venue was another back in 2012, and in 2015 had been downgraded to a handful of booths in a room down the street. Things that make Champs more than just a really big regional are dwindling, and I’d hate to lose another one
Which is not to say that CCA should necessarily be an automatic pass to champs forever - having it expire eventually, or adding some kind of check that they’re still doing great things, wouldn’t necessarily take away from that effect. Just wanted to point out that having HoF teams at Champs does have inherent value to the community that would be lost if they were replaced by waitlist teams.