First off, Alpha, thanks for the quick reply...Generally, I think if a TEAM drops out, then the next-place team from their state gets an invitation. If a STATE drops out, then the next state in line for a second team gets an invitation.
I don't know about Div B, but it's not that rare for a state to drop out in Div C - the teams from Oklahoma and DC (both of which only have a couple teams) nearly always drop out.
In my years of being involved with SO, I have not heard of a team qualifying for nationals through a state tournament and then backing out between the state tournament and nationals (the situation you are describing.) That doesn't mean it hasn't happened, just that it was not well publicized or is extremely rare.Hi All,
We're still quite new to this but my husband wants to book us a family vacation since we're not going to Nationals. We are trying to decide if it is worth the risk of booking a vacation for that same time in May ... in otherwords, what are our chances of going as an alternate to nationals? Should we be flexible or just assume that we have no chance of going and might as well schedule something else fun (it's truly one of our only open times to travel between now and Christmas!!).
Here's the scoop, our team finished 2nd in Colorado B Division, seven points off first. Ouch. Our state, with 66 teams, is the largest state to send just one B team. In fact, we're still scratching our heads on that one...
So, what are our chances of getting a last minute chance to go? I know that if the first place Colorado team drops, we will get an invitation but I know that they won't do that. They've been several times and there is no reason that they wouldn't go...
If another state's qualifying team decides not to go, does that state send the next team in line? So, if the Idaho first place team decides not to go, does the second place Idaho team go? Or does that slot go to us because we're the biggest one-team-only state? And if a state has two slots and one of the two decide not to go, does that slot go to us or that state's third place team, so that the state still has two slots or do we get to move up?
How does that work?
And how often does a team back out?
I figured it rarely happens but a coach of an older team came up to us after awards and said that one year they were in the same position (Colorado sending one team and this coach's team was second place and Colorado was very close to sending two) and another team from another state backed out and they got to go in this other team's place. They had two weeks' notice! Maybe I misunderstood it -- but evidently it has happened. But, is that the only time in SO history that it has happened, or does it happen now and then.
So, do we book non-refundable airfare for a family trip then or do we decide to be flexible and do a closer-to-home road trip instead?
How rare is it for a B team with an invitation to Nationals to turn it down for whatever reason? Seems like if someone fought tooth and nail for that slot (like we fought tooth and nail to get second... sigh) then they'd hang on to that slot and find a way to get there!
What percent chance do you think we have of going?
And thanks in advance for sharing your experience....
NoNow, you weren't part of the committee or group that drew the line between Colorado and Indiana were you?
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