In recent years, day one of most regional teams’ first events has been allocated more towards installing the withholding allowance and getting inspected than it has been to practice matches. At Rock City this year (week 2 event), I don’t recall any inspection in the first hour of the pits being open apart from bag issues, and only a handful of teams had been inspected before lunch. At least two teams were not inspected when the pits closed Thursday. At Bayou (week 4), at least one team was not through inspection in time for their first qualifier.
How do you expect this to change for 2020? My assumptions for the bag rules are that there will be no time limits on robot construction between kickoff and your first event (or at least 24 hours before the beginning of your first event). If your assumptions are different, please so state. I am certainly interested in input from district players where the “day 1” has been replaced with “open bag” time, producing a similar (though certainly different) workflow.
My answer: I expect half (or slightly more) of teams at their first event to show up “ready” for inspection, meaning that they call for initial inspection in the first two hours after the pits open, and that at least half of regional teams will be through initial inspection by lunchtime on day one of their first event. The first half of practice matches will have as many or more teams who were scheduled to be there as teams who came out of the filler line. There will continue to be the occasional teams who are not inspected by the end of day one, but fewer than half as many.