pic: MAR Team Distribution (2016)



Map showing the locations of MAR teams and events in the 2016 season. Numbers represent the amount of teams in each county, blue dots are district events and the red dot is the District Championship.

Interesting to see how the championship seems to be farthest away from the higher-populated team centers. Is there any data on travel distance for these events?

Preaching to the MAR choir with that observation :stuck_out_tongue:

Bailey is quoted for truth.

Don’t quote me on this, but I believe part of the motivation to put it there was to encourage team growth in that region. Considering it’s four years later and the map looks like that, it does not appear to have been especially effective.

I don’t have any aggregate data, but I know about 1257’s travel times. We’re in Union County, the small county with 3 teams in northeast NJ. We typically attend Bridgewater-Raritan (30 minutes away) and Mount Olive (45 minutes away), and MAR Champs is around an hour and fifteen minutes away. It isn’t too bad for us, but it’s a bit of a hike, and that seems to be a recurring theme with MAR teams.

Wow, I guess different districts have different ideas about what a “hike” is. I would LOVE to have three events within an hour and 30 minutes of most (vast majority for MAR?) locations in my district.

Believe me, I was spoiled by being within the North/Central Jersey team cluster. I learned how lucky MAR teams are when I attended FLR with 2791, our second closest regional, which was three and a half hours away.

The farthest I had ever traveled with 1257 was to the Springside Chestnut Hill event my freshman year. It was an hour and a half away, but I got to play 2012 341 so I’d say it was worth it.

Just out of curiosity, what is the 1 team in Monmouth County, NJ? I’ve been looking into that area and didn’t see one…

I think it’s 4128 in Holmdel.

EDIT: It would appear they no longer compete. Not sure who it is then.

Thanks!

I don’t have any insight as to the MAR planning committee’s inner workings, but just as a point of reference:

My guess for a worst-case travel time to the MAR district championships is 2:18 (from the Dover, DE area).

PNW district championship to the two largest population centers in the district:
4:17 (Seattle, WA)
5:21 (Portland, OR)

This is roughly equivalent to holding the MAR championship in Pittsburgh.

Mid-Atlantic Robotics has a great partnership with Lehigh University. Without going to deep, MAR Champs is a $60,000 event. 80% of MAR teams are within 60 miles of the venue. It is a safe venue in a sub-urban/rural setting, and provides the space needed to effectively run our District Championships.

That said, the Venue Selection Committee and the Competition Committee have continually evaluated a variety of venues. The underlying concerns with these venues is location, capacity and cost.

Princeton University has been approached three times and will not commit to a date until 60 days out from the event. The Sun National Bank Center and the Liacouras Center have also been evaluated. These venues are in Urban Areas and command an steep price for Rental and Labor.

The vast majority of teams have a commensurate travel time to the event, and while there are no Hotels on top of the venue, MAR has each year arranged for transportation to and from a list of hotels in Bethlehem.

The competition committee has taken great measure to try to effectively distribute competitions throughout the region. Venues have been mapped against the geographic distribution of teams.

Should members of MAR have suggestions for additional venues they should direct them to the competition committee whose contact information can be found on midatlanticrobotics.org

That would be 1807, from Allentown, NJ! Here’s a full list for each county.


**Bergen**
1672
1676
2070
4653
6015
6203

**Bucks**
103
2607
5401

**Burlington**
87
816
1647
2539
2729
5113
5457
6226

**Camden**
203
204
4750

**Chester**
1168
1391
1495
1640
4342

**Cumberland**
5420

**Dauphin**
2559

**Delaware**
484
486
709
2095
2234
4575

**Essex**
555
714
752
1811
4035
4475
5310
5732
5992

**Gloucester**
1791
3151

**Hudson**
3340
5438

**Hunterdon**
3637

**Kent**
5938

**Kackawanna**
1143

**Lehigh**
834

**Mercer**
293
1089
1923
2016
2180
2191
2495
2590
5666
5684
5895

**Middlesex**
25
224
869
1626
2554
3515
4573
5624

**Monmouth**
1807

**Montgomery**
272
341
423
433
708
1712
3974
4373
5181
5404
5407

**Morris**
11
193
2600
4361

**New Castle**
365
1370
4954
5490

**Northampton**
5490

**Passaic**
223
3314

**Philadelphia**
304
321
1218
3167
3929
4454
4637

**Salem**
316

**Somerset**
56
75
102
303
613
1279
1403
2458
2577
4281

**Sussex**
1989
3142

**Union**
136
1228
1257

**Warren**
41
219
6016

**Wayne**
4285

**Wyoming**
222

**York**
225

Our first closest district event is three hours away. Sure beats when Traverse City was the closest at about seven hours.

This also brings to light another point. Does anyone know the precise border of MAR in Pennsylvania? So far it’s largely been a non-issue, since the vast majority of teams in PA are clustered in the general area of either Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. But at some future point, if teams start springing up in those counties cut in half on this diagram, are they MAR teams or regional teams?

From the bylaws:

Territory
The Corporation represents a geographical area that includes the entirety of the states of Delaware and New Jersey and the counties of Pennsylvania including Bradford, Sullivan, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Dauphin, York and all counties to the east of the aforementioned.