I figured since everyoneelseis doingit, Minnesota should join in and post our rankings!
Fortunately, we have an official source for rankings… While we aren’t doing districts, last year the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) threw its support behind FIRST and held the first ever Minnesota State Championship. As it’s not an official FIRST event, it occurs after Champs in St. Louis. Entry into the event is based on the same FiM point system (at least, it looks the same to me), with two exceptions: Only a teams first regional counts for points (since a majority of teams only attend one regional), and there are an extra 10 points awarded for any team that submits for Chairman’s at any regional, even if its not your first. Basically, the changes were made to level the playing field for teams with only 1 regional, and to create an added incentive for MN teams to submit for Chairman’s.
One more change I just found out about… The win-loss points are calculated for the first 8 matches for each team. This was done to normalize the number of matches across the 7 regional events that teams participated in.
In other words, attending an event that happens to give you 9 or 10 matches won’t benefit a team when compared to one that only had 8 matches.
I’m glad they decided to go this way, I was speaking with a few other mentors in the metro area and they expressed concern over the fact that 9-10 matches were played in Duluth and only 8 were played at the UofM events.