This idea has probably already been presented elsewhere on CD-- if this was your idea first, you are welcome to claim priority below. Understand, however, that you have altogether missed the opportunity to give the idea a cool name. In fact, this proposal is almost the same as the proposals for a super regional system fleetingly seen in previous years, just rephrased into the terminology of the district model.
The Everywhere Else District is a district system for every FRC team which is not already a part of the already-established district systems.
The Everywhere Else District is awkward to imagine, because it lumps together disconnected and distant areas like western PA, Israel, and Hawaii into one territory. These are places that can sustain one or two regional events but can’t (for whatever reason) establish a district. The territory claimed by the Everywhere Else District is the entire world, minus the territories of the other established district systems.
Key features of the Everywhere Else District:
- Upon implementation in 2017, ALL former “regional” events like Western Canada and Las Vegas become “district” events within the Everywhere Else District.
- High performance in the Everywhere Else District qualifies a subset of teams for a “DCMP” in Houston. Team performance is measured by the standard points ranking system used by all 8 other district systems [EDIT] with one key modification: single-event teams would receive double the points at that event.
- High performance at the “DCMP” in Houston qualifies a further subset of teams for the “CMP” in Detroit.
New district systems would be free to emerge even after the implementation of the Everywhere Else District. The territory claimed by the newly-forming district system would simply be carved out of the Everywhere Else District.
The Everywhere Else District would to turn ALL remaining regionals into district events by 2017, well ahead of previous growth projections. It would create a system where all teams (regardless of their geography) would have the opportunity to participate in 3 distinct tiers of play. The change would also immediately allow the possibility of unlimited interdistrict play.