Glad to hear you are concerned about this and looking to foster a discussion. However perhaps some insight into some of the issues involved will frame it appropriately and ensure you don't chase unachievable goals. A couple comments in response to those above:.....Communication problems made it difficult to ensure that all were run using exactly the same procedures. But we are now in the year 2014. There are no regions in the US without proper schools and the internet makes ensuring reliable procedures possible. And, while it may be impossible to standardize schedules and events in all situations, should that now be the goal? What is the justification for such large regional differences? It is no longer a mom and pop operation. Millions of dollars are involved. I question the justification for treating SO like it was a local club where local officials dictate regional differences. But I have not heard the officials discuss this issue. This year a few troubling situations highlights the need for everyone to better understand decision making and how the chain of command and SO values dictate regional, state and national rules (from registration to event scheduling). To what extent does and should the preferences of various local and state officials dictate differences? What is the role/responsibility of the National officials in standardizing procedures at the regional and state level?
I personally believe that the state supervisors should not have winning at the National level as a priority. I believe that state supervisors and coordinators should put their priority in having a competition that is fun, challenging, and educational for the students.I have heard that argument before. If it only hurts the must successful team or two it is a nonissue. That logic is fine if you don't believe in the competitive nature of the enterprise. if you do believe that it is a competition, then logic would suggest not handicapping the most successful teams. Rather, the goal would be to actually win at every level. The state organizer should have winning at the National level as a priority. By Little League the goal of awarding everyone with a trophy is no longer endorsed.
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