2021 will be a season of adaptation. It is pretty clear that the Robot Game part of FRC will require the greatest adaptations. Ironically, competing for the top prize, The Chairman’s Award, will require much less adaptation.
The Chairman’s Award recognizes the efforts teams make to fulfill the core purpose of FIRST; to change culture with respect to STEM fields. It should still be possible to work towards that purpose in the current environment. If anything, teams might actually have more time to put towards this if they don’t need to or cannot put as much time and effort into designing and building a robot for the 2021 competition season. Of course, it will require a lot of thought and creativity due to our new and very challenging environment. This community has a lot of very smart, very creative and hard working people so it should be possible for solutions to be found and for those solutions to shared and spread and to be refined just like solutions to the Robot Game in the past (i.e. the Small Wheel Shooter concept in 2013 and the “bounce off a robot pass” in 2014). What it takes is to adopt a positive attitude such as what @suPURDUEperMentor and others in this thread are expressing.
It is perfectly understandable if there are people who are not ready to “drink the Kool-Aid” at this time. A lot of the anger and frustration is due to the grieving process we are having to go through because of all the things (opportunities) we have lost, whether they are related to FIRST or not. Since the 2021 season has been extended, there is time for more people to complete their grieving process and join in and as that happens, I am hopeful that we will see some remarkable results from this next season. They just might not be the sort of results most people are accustomed to working towards.
Edited to add: I am currently watching the Farm Aid 2020 Live stream. One of the farmers came on and said something like “It’s time to stop finding who to blame. It’s time to see who is going to show up to help fix it.”