Yup, 1717, 1388 and us are all central coast (Santa Barbara through San Luis Obispo approximately). If district events were made, we’d have to stay overnight anywhere it’d make sense to have one. If they made one at the central coast, if it was near 1717 we’d have to stay overnight, and vice-verca. Not to mention all other teams attending would have to stay overnight.
The only Pro I see for the district event (to my specific team, not evaluating the program as a whole) is going into champs with WAAAAAAAAAY more matches than everyone else.
IF the district system did go nationwide, it would probably look very different than it does now. For example, what about smaller states like Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana? You can’t run a district system in a state with 3 teams, can you?
I would imagine larger states like CA, MI, TX, etc would become their own district systems and then large groups of smaller states like the ones listed above will become their own.
The western region would probably look something like:
Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID, MT, AK)
Southwest (NV, AZ, NM, CO, UT)
Each group would have their own district systems until the need for district realignment came up.
No full practice day at venues.
Events with an “off-season” feel (though team spirit of a regional).
A complete restructuring of the infrastructure.
More volunteers needed.
Not a viable option in most states/regions.
Obviously Oregon has more than 3 teams. I think you guys have one of the biggest growth rates in FIRST since the 2006 season. I wasn’t trying to say that Oregon only had 3 teams. However, the 28 teams in Oregon are not enough to do a district structure. I suppose you could do a very small state championship, but most likely I could see places like Oregon (28 teams), Washington (49 teams), Montana (4 teams), Idaho (9 teams), Alaska (3 teams) and the Dakotas (5 teams) being lumped together into one district system.
IF districting went nationwide, FIRST isn’t going to leave the smaller states like MT, ID, AK, ND and SD out in the cold. This means that at least in the beginning they will be lumped with other states.
However, I think this thread should be returned to it’s original topic.
If I remember correctly, the last few years have been A,B,C,D,A,B…
However TBA has it set up, it’s still pretty far from being settled. There are still 12 teams from the MSC that have yet to receive invites, as well as 12 teams from the two MN regionals this weekend. I imagine there are also several teams that will get their payment in at the last minute and be added to the list.