How to Qualify for Detroit

Our team is doing very well this year having won at our first event and placed well in our second. The team is currently at the district championship and doing well again. I know that as champion we will go but since we have never done this well before, the question has come up about how do we qualify for Detroit?

See 12.8 of the rules for the details. For Chesapeake, you need to win one of the main district awards (Chairman’s, EI, Rookie All Star, District Champions), or be one of the top 50+ in district points who did not win the others. (Total of 60 qualify from Chesapeake) I was looking in the wrong place.

They’re currently 24th in CHS district points.

There are 21 slots allocated for CHS, so if they want to go to Detroit, they need to win some more matches today.

So I am hearing that to qualify we need to be in the top 50 which we are. Further we can be guaranteed a spot if we are ranked in the top 21 otherwise we will be at the mercy of the wait list.

Is this correct?

No, I got my 50+ by subtracting 6 or 7 from 60. It sounds like there are 39 slots taken up by other means of qualification. One of the key things is that district points from DCMP are tripled, so DCMP counts 50% more than both your district events put together.

Per page 123 of the manual, there are 21 championship slots allocated to CHS.

Per the CHS ranking page, your team is currently 24

Based on the current status of the CHS championship event, you’re going to need a decent playoff run (or some major awards) to move up above the invite threshold. Your team is currently 15 district points below that threshold. (The threshold will move as other teams above you receive additional points, so you need more than 15 more points total.)

Amongst all this, remember that number includes award winners. So, when you subtract the three winning teams, two Chairmans’ teams, two EI teams, one Rookie All-Star team, and 5724 (who won a bid at Miami Valley), you need to be in the top 12 of the final standings to 100% guarantee a bid. In practise though, the captain and first pick (and often second pick) are extremely likely to already be in the top 12, so the “safety zone” is the top 14 teams. In addition, the two most likely Chairmans’ winners (1885 and 1629) will both likely finish in the top 14, so the bar drops further to the top 16 teams.

In short, you probably want to finish in the top 16 teams to have a good shot of being extended a bid. I did a simulation that forecasted the points cutoff at 177, so try and shoot for that number.

Mea Culpa*.

  • That’s Latin for “My bad.”

Thank you to all that answered.

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