Although New York doesn’t have a district system, would a state championship competition be well-received by NY teams?
This is still just an idea. I’m thinking that due to the lack of a district system and lack of recognition of FRC as an official NY state sport, this would be a multi-day offseason event after FIRST CMP, sometime in May/June.
Pros of having a state championship:
-Teams would get to compete with teams across the state, since most teams tend to stay to their own regional competitions within NY (downstate teams tend to compete at downstate regionals, and same goes for upstate teams)
-There would be a higher level of competition for NY teams that is higher than regionals
-NY teams who don’t make it to FIRST CMP would still get a chance to compete at a higher level of play and with more teams and would get a championship-like experience
-Collaboration between NY teams across the state would increase and NY teams would get to be closer together, as more of a community, since a lot of NY teams are divided by downstate vs. upstate currently
-It would be another chance to compete, because who wouldn’t want to compete more?!
Cons of having a state championship:
-Teams would have to find funds for another competition
-Teams would have to arrange for transportation and possibly hotel accommodations
-There would be a lot pf planning and preparation from volunteers and teams to create such a large event for the many NY teams
-Funds would have to be raised to host this event
-A mid-state location would have to be chosen for this event to accommodate both downstate and upstate teams
What are your thoughts on a NY State Championship?