duct tape wrote:Our team was at a regional competition this past week ( I'm advising on MP) and one team had 4 students and a parent helping setup during the 30 min window. I asked the event supervisor ( from that school) if that was allowed and he told me " we're just being relaxed here." Not wanting to be a " little league parent" I let it go. Any advice on how to handle this, I'm pretty new to all this. We were at an invite in Indiana last month, and the supervisor ( Uncle Fester) ran the event with admirable precision. Which way are these usually run?
That team was clearly in the wrong. I've run MP a few times and when I have I've marked off a competition area in which only the competing students are allowed to enter. The only time that I allow parents in the competition area is to help students drop off/pick up a device from impound. From your description it sounds like a violation. If I were you, I would have first brought in your coach and grabbed a copy of the rules to show the coach and ES why this was an issue. This should resolve the matter, if it should not be resolved, as a last resort have the coach file an arbitration. You shouldn't be afraid to raise your concerns over situations like this, just be polite and present your case using the rules to back yourself up.
Uncle Fester is an old hand (read "like a bauss") at this, he's been running this gig for quite some time. I'm sure at the State competition this will not be an issue.
duct tape wrote:Any opinions on whether this event is more appropriate for Div C as opposed to Div B ? I'm new to this, but it seems like there is more parental involvement than appropriate , but mostly because it seems a little beyond even the really bright kids in SO. Am I just underestimating the kids?
As with all building events, you're going to see some amazingly brillant and talented students who can explain every single portion of their device to you. You will also encounter students who have no clue how to run their device and look to adults on the sidelines for guidance.
MP was traditionally a Division C event but the rules have been tailored for a middle school event.