The regional system sucks, kind of. Yes, it’s very cool to have large arenas and several days in a row of play time, but shorter events and lower costs are clearly easier on students and their parents. I just watched New England Champs and it was jaw dropping, the quality of play that arose from the point-based system. Perhaps less importantly, though currently my largest gripe about regionals, is the perrenial crap shoot for championship qualifying, in which really good teams miss out due to flukes, and everyone else just hopes to be the lucky second pick of the dominant alliance, or to get the wildcard. 4944 and 2240 clearly were deserving of trips to Houston this year, as an example from my own region.
Some of us are grumbling and wondering, what would it take for us to be able to go to the district model? What is the threshold minimum number of teams? How closely spaced geographically must they all be?