I'm not a competitor anymore (wow that feels weird to say) but if they are looking to make edits to the events while still keeping them around I guess I can say a few things
Sounds of Music - it feels like that the closer we get to the end of the season, more and more perfect instruments arise, which makes sense, but I do kinda fear for what the event would become if everyone showed up to early season comps in 2020-2021 with perfect instruments, since it would effectively nullify that portion of the event. While I definitely do not want to go back to song playing like there was the last time this event was in rotation, maybe, as builderguy135 said, making a second instrument would be nice? Maybe two unique instruments that have to perform the scale with a skip task? That way, this year's work isn't wasted, but new work is still required. Idk, I am just personally curious to see if our team will be able to rehash the same build design for the third year in a row (even if I'm not there to be the one to do it sigh lol). Regardless, I guess I'd expect the test to be far more important relative to last year, particularly in early season invitationals.
My other three events, all tests, (Geologic Mapping, Dynamic Planet, Astronomy) kinda suffer from something similar in that I fear their presence for so long (particularly Geologic Mapping and Sounds of Music which are now gonna be entering their third consecutive years) effectively gives license to test writers to make the tests really hard, given that the events have been around so long, while also making it so that most relatively competitive teams will be able to get pretty much all of the easier stuff on tests. I'm kinda afraid, as a (hopefully) future test writer, of how hard it's gonna be to find new topics to include on tests that differ from the norm, and what these will do to test score distributions. Then again, I'm sure in fields as vast as geology and astronomy, there is always more stuff to ask about that I just don't know about, so maybe I shouldn't worry about it so far in advance. I expect them to leave Dynamic Planet completely the same, they can probably just treat it like a two year rotation where the rules don't change at all. It worked out fine for oceanography back in 2015/2016.
I'd guess it's a lot easier to adapt what you've studied to a (relatively slightly I assume lol) different set of rules than to alter a whole build, so I guess Sounds of Music is the only one of these on which anything I say has actual merit. So yeah.
Just for discussion, in terms of "is this right," I know I was personally kinda opposed to it when I found out about it, but that's coming from me, a graduating senior who competed at eight competitions this year, and only ended up missing one due to the virus. And although that competition was states, definitely the most important one, I was able to get plenty of use out of my instrument, my teammates got plenty of use out of their amazing Gravity Vehicle and Detector, so we actually got really lucky on this one. The teams who had their regionals this week and were notified single days in advance about cancelations were not so lucky, and now they have those builds just sitting there. So tbh your opinion on this definitely depends on your circumstances, but I could support either argument. (not that my opinion matters too much haha)
Oh and I'm super happy to (potentially) be able to write tests for Geologic Mapping and for (division C) Sounds of Music, opportunities I didn't think I would get for years! Best of luck to everyone as we move into these uncharted waters.
Haverford College, Class of 2024!
Former President, Kellenberg, 2018-2020
Bro. Joseph Fox, 2014-2017
My Events: Sounds of Music, Geologic Mapping, Dynamic Planet, Astronomy