Some other thoughts for me regarding scouting, since rejoining my old team 3 years ago as a mentor. We have been a captain 4 out of the 6 regional events that we competed at. And were fortunate enough to win 2 of those events.
Both of the events that we were able to win, our scouting data provided a pivotal role. Without it we would not have won these events because our data about the teams attending was very good, and we would not have picked the teams we did without the data. We made sure that in our team debriefs both on the bus home, and once we returned to the shop to emphasize the role that scouts played in getting us that data that we needed to pick those teams, and that without it we would not have been successful.
We open our scouting meetings to all those that feel that they would have knowledgeable data or insights to contribute. We also have as many members of the drive team on hand as well, because even though they don’t scout matches, their perspective behind the glass lends insights that no scouting data could ever tell you. Such as personalities of the other drive teams, willingness to cooperate on strategy, sticking to the predetermined strategy, etc. Also they can contribute things like robot x played really good defense that was hard to get around.
I think that the point about sharing the data sheets for each match with all is interesting, and maybe something we look at for the future. We’ve never considered that they might want to see the data and as such have never given them the option to see it. We do invite them to the scouting meeting though and they could see the data then.