New for 2013, IndianaFIRST is hosting a State Championship. The invited team list is based on qualifying points similar to FiM, MAR and Minnesota. Ranking points are based on a teams best event but only one event. The only real difference in our point system is that points were awarded for RCA, EI and RAS.
There will 24 teams competing. The event plan is to play “Exhibition” matches in the morning, then have alliance selections, and then the Elimination tournament. Alliance captains are based on the ranking points as listed below. The Exhibition matches will allow teams to see each other play.
The event is May 18 at Pery Meridian High School in Indianapolis.
**EDIT - There was an error with 4008 and 1760. The updates are below. The correction puts 4008 at 27 and 1760 at 28. **
Awesome! I’m glad to see another state following in MN’s footsteps
Out of curiosity, what’s the rationale for using a team’s best event? Here in MN, the decision was made to use every team’s first event, in order to eliminate any benefit a team would have from playing at multiple events. Personally, I can see the argument either way… last year, my team didn’t make States because we blew it our first event, but we did well our second.
The reason we went with best event is because this is a robot competition, and we wanted the 24 best robots in Indiana. This is the pilot year for this program, and we wanted the most ‘bang for our buck’ from a spectator standpoint. If this model doesn’t work for some reason, we can always change it in the future.
It should be noted that the criteria for ranking teams is based on the FiM/MAR/MN models, but we also assigned points for RCA and EI.
Here in MN, we don’t award points for RCA or EI… Instead we give 10 points for submitting for Chairman’s, regardless of which regional you submit at. They started that in order to provide an extra incentive to submit and help teams progress overall.
We used the rankings for Alliance Captains so we could do a 1 day event.
During May, adding another day out of school for students was going to be a challenge. We also knew that doing any type of qualification matches needed 8 - 10 matches to be effective, so we decided to use the rankings. The “exhibition” matches allow the alliance captains to see robots in action that they may not have seen during the season.
Alliance selection will be 1-8, 8-1. Our only difference is that if you are not an alliance captain at the time you are picked, you cannot decline. (For example, if you are #9 and expecting to move up, you still have to say yes).
I’d like to ask that every team that registers for this event please volunteer one personnel if you haven’t yet. This is not a requirement to compete, but we are still in need of field reset crew and referees especially.
If you’re interested, please sign up to volunteer via the link below: