jlee7x2 wrote:Any likelihood of Storm the Castle coming back as a repeat Texas trial event? (As WGYN was repeated these past years) What do they actually base picking trial events on? (arbitrary?)
Do you think they'd actually get rid of trial events because of how they affected the Texas results and ultimately Texas placement at nats this year? I, for one, believe that, given a set of parameters, a team should aim for the most prudent strategy, considering all factors and predicting outcomes. Whether or not the factors are the best for the state is up to what the state coordinators decide; to allow dominating teams to widen the gap between newer teams with landslide victories vs. a more competitive scene in Texas that could cultivate the next amazing team (much like a Seven Lakes). In its first year going to nationals, Seven Lakes substituted 3 nationals events with State events; they played to their strengths and medaled in all of them. They went onto become a powerhouse in future years and ultimately placed the highest Texas has ever placed at nationals (6th) in its 3rd year there. Perhaps our state coordinators have exceptional foresight and deem trial events a way of leveling the playing field for the vast number of teams in Texas as a sort of investment in future results . It is an interesting discussion.
Also, any word on how conclusive the "tentative events" actually are; like when is that final final?
Pardon my enthusiasm as I've been trapped on a SciOly frequency and am probably experiencing what Luo calls "PSOD" (Post SciOly Depression).
I definitely agree with you about the trial events, though I really have no idea how they choose which ones to do. WGYN and Picture This/Science Word have become sort of traditional trial events, but the others seem to change every year. As for the tentative event list, in my years I've never seen them change it. Right now the national coordinators are drafting and finalizing rules for all the events and I'd imagine that the only way they'd drop and event is if they come across a major unresolvable issue when writing the rules.