I am really hoping as the MSHSL Championship grows in the next few years we see a change in these qualifying rules. Teams that compete in a second or third regional should be rewarded for their investment in their team.
However, I do see a new format playing out in future years with the advent of our local HACs led by the NMRCs conference Championship and the CMNRC new conference Championship this coming October 14th. A “true team” state tournament like other sports have is on the horizon that could happen in the fall/early winter in years to come.
As for this years tournament, I really don’t see a single favorite. This is the deepest state tournament I have ever seen with at least 8 teams that are incredibly strong including the likes of 3184, 6045, 4607, 4728, 5913, 2052, 1816, 2220, 2883, 6146, 2847, and 5363 all competing strongly at Champs along with so many others. Include those that just missed Champs including 7028, 4728, 2181, and 5348, this will be very exciting. The know I missed a number of teams, but man it will be awesome.
Fun fact, the CMNRC will be strongly represented with 4607, 4728, 5348, 5638, 6045, 6146, 7028, 7068, and 7530 competing. Having nine of our teams there, I am positive at least one will be on the winning alliance. It is also a nice preview of what the first CMNRC Championship will look like come October.
Also, I am proud that of the 15 FRC teams that 4607 has started and mentored, five are in contention including 5913, 6045, 7028, 7068, and 7530.
Just imagine what a regional in St Cloud could look like in coming years ;).
Good luck to all!