Posted by Joe Johnson, Engineer on team #47, Chief Delphi, from Pontiac Central High School and Delphi Automotive Systems.
Posted on 4/8/99 7:21 PM MST
In Reply to: New time schedule posted by Andy Grady on 4/8/99 10:20 AM MST:
I have already gone on record as supporting more Qualifying Matches, so I can hardly complain about long days. In addition, I have written elsewhere that I could care less about going to the parks.
I realize that I am not in the majority on this issue.
I submit the following proposal. Perhaps FIRST will adopt it.
Let everyone play everyone on Thursday’s and Saturday’s QM’s, but break the competition up into groups for Friday’s QM’s.
If 1/2 of the teams had 4 QM’s in the morning/early PM and the other 1/2 had their QM’s in the late afternoon/evening.
In this way folks who want to see the park will have a block of time to do so.
Addressing some potential objections:
FIRST does not truly randomize each round of QM matches anyway, so objections to grouping teams in halves are not well considered.
Teams can hardly object to having to play rounds too frequently after most teams playing 8 or more on in less than 8 hours on a Friday at a regional (Philly and Ypsi regionals not included).
As to fairness, get over it This sword cuts both ways:
For some teams it will be a bonus to have extra time on Friday AM to improve their robot but I am sure just as many teams will break after their 5th match and wish they had Friday PM to fix it. That’s the way the floppy flops!
So… what to you think?