chalker wrote:shrewdPanther46 wrote:chalker wrote:I think they are only going to allow test flights on Saturday morning in order to ensure all teams have equal opportunities, regardless of travel schedules.
Do you know if something similar will be incorporated for the vehicle events in the ballroom?
I'm pretty sure none of the vehicle events will have early practice sessions.
Vehicle testing was not allowed last year at nationals either. Several (I noted around 10-12 only because I was looking for a place to test myself) teams tested in secluded sections of the underground tunnel system last year because the rules explicitly stated testing on the track prior to competition was grounds for DQ, but it is pretty crucial that you test your device after travel and make any fine adjustments that are necessary. It was very upsetting that Nationals decided to discontinue allowing testing the day before competition and no matter what they try to implement, the best teams will (and did) find a way to test beforehand, whether that means finding secluded areas to test in where tournament officials will unlikely be present or staying up until 3am the night before the tournament to test on a similar floor scheme as to that of the venue.