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Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 24th, 2010, 8:59 am
by zyzzyva980
I would think they would take crowd control measures. It seems to be a popular event to watch, and it would be a shame if the spectators inadvertently caused a team to lose.

Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 24th, 2010, 10:00 am
by paleonaps
Not to sound whiny, but I have to say that the crowd shouting is majorly nerve-racking and can effect performance. If they don't take extensive measures to keep interference from the audience down, I'll be very mad. I mean, at golf tournaments, if you cough you get thrown out- can we have some of that here?

Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 24th, 2010, 10:40 am
by ichaelm
Hmm, maybe earplugs would be allowed? :? If that would help, I don't know.

Also just wanted to point out that I posted this a while ago but nobody answered because of my spelling :lol: , so I fixed it, so does anyone have any insight?

Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 24th, 2010, 7:51 pm
by lllazar
Paleonaps - to answer your question.

I was a junior proctor at Sumo bots at nats. There were lots of people watching but they were courteous, there was very little interference from the crowd.

Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 24th, 2010, 8:00 pm
by paleonaps
PRAISE THE LORD
Really, that's better than you know.

Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 24th, 2010, 8:03 pm
by starpug
Not to sound whiny, but I have to say that the crowd shouting is majorly nerve-racking and can effect performance. If they don't take extensive measures to keep interference from the audience down, I'll be very mad. I mean, at golf tournaments, if you cough you get thrown out- can we have some of that here?
At many sporting events, yelling and screaming is encouraged :|

Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 24th, 2010, 8:09 pm
by 3slh9
At both of our regional and state competitions, any spectator sport area is surrounded by yellow caution tape with a small opening for competitors. There is then an area around that for the spectators to stand and watch but they are far enough back not to interfere in the actual competition. Where I can see problems is with people wanting to record the competition and it interfering with the robots.

Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 25th, 2010, 6:54 am
by fmtiger124
Not to sound whiny, but I have to say that the crowd shouting is majorly nerve-racking and can effect performance. If they don't take extensive measures to keep interference from the audience down, I'll be very mad. I mean, at golf tournaments, if you cough you get thrown out- can we have some of that here?
At many sporting events, yelling and screaming is encouraged :|
Not to mention not every golf tournament is like the Masters....I've watched some where they're so relaxed they let people do the wave in the stands. (coughing? :? :| )
Also, I think the cheering is cool....personally it would make me want to do better and I think it would help me. It also makes it feel less competition like I think. Silence is much more nerve wrecking for me.

Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 25th, 2010, 7:05 am
by paleonaps
That can be true- but the cheering is very annoying. Before the bout, fine. But during it... that's a different story. I mean, at 09 states, I was very, very nervous to go up against Eagle Hill (I know you probably went there, so no offense) and I think I may have won if I hadn't been so nervous. But I was, my fingers were shaking, and I lost. I'm not bitter, but I think that quiet and keeping the crowd away from the ring (again, at 09 states they got right up against us) are good improvements.

Re: Sumo Bots B/C [Trial]

Posted: July 25th, 2010, 8:14 am
by starpug
That can be true- but the cheering is very annoying. Before the bout, fine. But during it... that's a different story. I mean, at 09 states, I was very, very nervous to go up against Eagle Hill (I know you probably went there, so no offense) and I think I may have won if I hadn't been so nervous. But I was, my fingers were shaking, and I lost. I'm not bitter, but I think that quiet and keeping the crowd away from the ring (again, at 09 states they got right up against us) are good improvements.
The crowd is part of Science Olympiad building events. No matter what building event you do, the crowd will be there when you're setting up and when you're running. The crowd is there to see some science (and some robots trying to push each other out of the ring), not to intentionally make you have a panic attack. The crowd is the same for your opponent as it is for you, so there is nothing unfair about it. Frankly, if you don't have nerves, you're not doing Science Olympiad, part of doing well is to stop complaining and deal with it (I know you have a Nationals Medal, good for you, doesn't mean you get to force the crowd to shut up because it makes you a little nervous)