Question: Championship Divisions

When are the Championship divisions published.

I can’t wait to see who were up against.

Not until the week after all regionals and the Michigan Championship.

FIRST needs to allow all of those qualifying teams to register, and fill the field with waitlist teams.

In 2002 through 2004 the divisions were released the Tuesday 9 days before the beginning of the championship. That ended up ranging anywhere from before the last regional ended (2003) to 10 days after the last regional ended (2002).

In 2005, the divisions were released on a Monday, 10 days before the beginning of the championship (9 days after the end of the last regionals).

In 2006, the divisions were released on a Friday, 13 days before the beginning of the championship (13 days after the end of the last regionals).

In 2007, the divisions were released on a Wednesday, 8 days before the beginning of the championship (4 days after the end of the last regionals).

In 2008, the divisions were released on a Wednesday, 8 days before the beginning of the championship (3 days after the end of the last regional).

What about match schedules? Are they released prior to the Championship or is it like the Regionals-you get it the day of?

It’s released during the Championship. Not prior, unfortunately.

Well you’ll just have to wait, Jenn.


Ok, I’ll open the can of worms. Where are the division prediction threads/TBA page?

Of course, any predictions are going to be horribly inaccurate because the Michigan State Championship is set to inject a guaranteed 18 new teams (in addition to the 25 already registered). These teams should have a variety of numbers that will really mess with the 1-2-3-4 scheme. Minnesota will have some impact as well, but those teams are largely high numbers and some are already registered (and they dont pass on the qualification like FiM). Plus, after all this is done there should still be wait list spots. On a side note, wait list teams did pretty well last year with an Einstein Finalist (348) and a Xerox Creativity award (1771).

Oh well it is fun to see the predictions anyway :smiley:

All match schedules are generated the afternoon / evening before the actual schedule taking affect. Wed. generates Thur. Matches, Thur generates Fri & Sat matches.

Its is not a guaranteed 18 new teams. 18 from the state championship will earn a spot to Atlanta, but some of them could be teams that have already registered.

I’ve been busy so I didn’t bother doing it this year.

Here you go.

no i dont want to wait ! i want to know like now :slight_smile:

i want ur profile picture :slight_smile:

i dont have the patience to wait for the listings
i hateeee suspence :slight_smile:

No, they rerun the rankings after the State Championship (multiplying by State Champ points by 4 to give it a 2/3 weight). If one of the teams that earns a qualifying spot for Champions is already registered or can’t attend, they offer it to the next team in the ranking (making 18 guaranteed new spots). I am pretty sure this is how it works but I can’t confirm because I can’t access the Michigan Rules Supplementtoday (for some reason I get a 403 forbidden error).

I’m not complaining, the more qualified Michigan teams at Championship the better for the level of competition. A high number of points after 2 (3) District Events and State Championship is good enough credentials to me, better than wining some regionals. Even with those 18 teams, there were more a few MI teams at championships last year. I truly want the best level of competition at championship which is why it is a shame when good teams can’t qualify (like 40, 330, 968, 1153, 1279, 1391, 2068, 2199 off the top of my head). Unfortunately, the Michigan point system cant be easily ported to regionals for a variety of reasons, and obviously we can’t just subjectively pick team that are good but didnt win a regional.

None of that was really my point. I was just saying that those 18 teams MI teams (with their variety of numbers) make it difficult to predict divisions early, which is not actually important. MN teams tend to have high numbers (amazing growth in that area) so they will not shift divisions that much and some of the teams are registered already (like 79, 93) that cant pass off their qualification (goes to waitlist). There are 310 teams registered now and with 30 more qualifiers (18 MI + 12 MN) we can get up to 340 teams like last year without waitlist teams. If some wanted to, they could make some good predictions Sat night if there are no waitlist spots (no preregisters MN teams qualify) and they went through the FiM rankings to find who would be invited.

Thanks for putting this together again Tom. You really put the “TB” in “TBA”!

So I had not really followed the Michigan district plan much until now. Guaranteed 18 advancing teams plus any that won at outside regionals or recieved an open bid.

Hijacking this thread a bit here, so why would other high FRC team number states not want to adopt this pilot program for their state? Michigan has 132 teams, New York 122, California 145, Texas 91 …

As of 1:30 CDST April 2nd Texas has 13 registered with maybe a couple more finding the cash to pay for their winning bid by Friday. So maybe it is a non-issue. Texas has 2 regional events as of this year so without a team(s) winning both that gives 3 champions, 1 Chairman, 1 Engineering Inspiration, 1 Rookie All-Star at each for a dozen teams guaranteed to World Championship if they are all Texas teams as we do have several veterans who like to come to Texas for some strong competition.

What are the con’s for adopting the Michican district model?

I hope it ends up like the Serpentine division algorithm. Curie is a nice field with that one. Easier with the Normal algorithm.

California has more regionals than MI did (4), but all the teams are concentrated in 4 places (2 for all you folks who don’t know CA geography very well–they’re farther apart than you think): Los Angeles, San Diego, the Silicon Valley, and Sacramento. There are pockets in other areas, namely the central coast, home to 973 and 1388, and the desert areas. (Not sure if 399 goes with the L.A. grouping or the desert grouping…)

However, the teams already play each other almost exclusively. L.A. doesn’t get many out-of-state teams (other than 188, 1726, and 69–the only repeat out-of-state teams I know about in recent years), but is always full. SVR and Sacramento are more of the same. SD gets more, but not very many. To put it frankly, you’d pretty much be doing the same thing as normal.

The question is, where are you going to put the districts? If you split each regional into two, you get 8 district events in 4 areas. And then you get the MI UP dillemma: Do you leave the district zone and go to Vegas (or Oregon, or AZ), or do you travel to your closest district event (which requires staying overnight)?

The only way to make the district system work in California would be to also include Nevada and Arizona. This is to avoid the MI UP dilemma (as now Vegas is in the district area, and AZ, which supplies many teams to Vegas, is as well) and give a bit of a “buffer zone”. But now you need more districts, maybe about 10-12, and that increases costs. And where on earth do you hold the “Zone” championship? How about the number of qualifying teams?

Con #1, though, is the district system is still “buggy” in some respects. The point system is the notable one, though that seems to be working (mostly). But, before the district model goes nationwide, I for one would like to see the pilot program run for one more year with changes to verify that any bugs are out.

It may be that the district model only works in MI, but certain aspects like event format can work elsewhere. I’d like to see the parts that work implemented nationwide, but the parts that don’t work removed.

The one big negative I see is that teams outside the region are not allowed to participate in any of the district events. A smaller negative is that teams inside the region are strongly constrained in their ability to participate in other regional competitions.

As a member of a team with a strong goal of visiting new places and meeting new people, I would find those restrictions uncomfortable. Whether or not the reduced expense would make up for it is a matter of debate.