I glanced over Section 5.4 CHAIRMAN’S AWARD and didn’t see anything explicitly forbidding a team from submitting 2 years in a row at the same regional. I’d say (drawing from my previous experience and this year’s manual) that you are okay to submit this year at the same regional you submitted to last year.
On a similar note, what do people think the possibility of winning chairmans at your non home competition (in our case is it worth subitting in Connectitut because winning again in NYC is unlikely)? I know that we are allowed to submit wherever we want but due to the helping the community aspect of the award, do the judges look more favorably on local teams?
They are not supposed to consider the team location, and there is no rule or requirement as to where you submit. Some teams do not have a ‘local’ event, or may choose to only go to one event that is not in their immediate area, so FIRST does not restrict it.
The judges are also aware that it is common and acceptable for a team to win a Regional Chairman’s multiple years in a row. You are not penalized for winning in a previous year - it is always supposed to go to the most deserving team.
Keep in mind that you are only allowed one regional submission per year:
As in the past, teams may only submit at one Regional competition for judging. Teams submitting for both the Chairman’s Award and the Woodie Flowers Award should note that both awards are judged at the same event. Students working on the Woodie Flowers Award submission and those team members working on the Chairman’s Award submission should coordinate to select the best event for the team.
Also, it is good practice to prepare a Chairman’s submission even if you don’t expect to earn it (or are ineligible), as per 5.4.1.