The implication of this is that the event will be full of bugs when it runs, which is not a happy thought to me.I don't know if spending another year as a trial would have worked. Trial events just don't get the level of attention they need to work the bugs out.
At NY States they were second-tiering people for being over 100 cm tall or 50 cm wide or for using tape, real event or not.The event supervisors for trial events are almost never qualified enough, and the teams that participate are almost never prepared, if they participate at all. I have heard som true horror stories about JYC as a trial event and they all start with an unqualified judge or an unprepared team.
Even now that the even is running live, teams still show up unprepared for the event and some judges still make wild assumptions about the event mechanics.
Even if trial events are taken less seriously, every year that it is a trial event increases the pool of judges with some experience in the event, which leads to fewer mistakes when it is a real event. In NY, trial events count towards your score so everyone does them. Of course, this means there would be no practical difference between JYC being a trial event in NY and being a full event, except that trial events vary from state to state.
In an ideal world JYC would not be a problem event, but I think empirically it is hard to argue that it hasn't been. An ideal judge should be able to read and understand a few pages of rules, but real judges seem to be failing to do so. We can't change the volunteer pool effectively, so I think it would be best to change the event to make the rules harder for judges to misinterpret.
You would need to have two devices, one to enter the competition challenge and the second to enter the secondary challenge, because the competition device is going to use up all of the common parts. Therefore you would still have duplication of effort, which seems to be what you are trying to avoid.I figured I would post this over anywhere else. I've been working on this event, and have actually come to like it a lot more then I had expected. The only thing that we were talking about that we thought might be a cool idea (although maybe impossible to actually do) would be to run the alternate Junkyard challenge as a trial event. I feel like it would be really interesting, and would definitely make our efforts seem a lot less wasted... plus alternates could perhaps enter in with the device... The actual organization of something like this would be rather difficult, but I think it would be a lot of fun, and worthwhile if it could be pulled off...