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Super-Regionals added to FTC advancement structure

06 Jun 2013 10:46 PM | Shari (Administrator)

Beginning in the 2013-2014 season, FTC teams in the United States will advance from state or regional-level Championship Tournaments to one of four Super-Regional Tournaments, before advancing to the FTC World Championship.

Thanks to the efforts of FIRST volunteers, FTC has seen strong program growth and a new level of competition is needed to give the growing number of teams more opportunities to participate.  The introduction of a new advancement tier allows FTC to maintain a sustainable event structure, continue offering merit-based advancement and increase the level of competition.

The four Super-Regional tournaments will be hosted in Northern California, Texas, Iowa and Pennsylvania.  These locations were selected based on timing, accessibility, safety, local support, and resources to execute a strong event.

Super-Regionals are FIRST-endorsed events and are expected to expand outside of the U.S. in the future.  Please refer to the FAQ section below for more information.

Super-Regional Map

What is a Super-Regional?

A Super-Regional is a new tier for FTC events. It is an event to which Regional Championships advance teams, and then teams advance from the Super-Regionals to the World Championship. There are four FTC regions in the United States with additional regions to be determined internationally as the program grows. Each US region will host one Super-Regional.

Why are we planning Super-Regionals?

FTC has been fortunate to experience great growth over the last few years. We worked with our Partners to identify the right way to maintain a system of merit-based advancement as we continue to grow. We want to maintain the World Championship as an event that represents the top achievement for our teams.  Our additional goal is to continue to provide each regional Championship with an advancement opportunity for teams. We believe that adding another tier to the competition will provide the opportunity to achieve these goals.

How will Super-Regionals work?

This process will start in the US for the 2013-2014 season, and eventually occur globally as we gain more teams and Partners. Partners will have the opportunity to advance teams to a Super-Regional. Each Super-Regional will advance teams to the World Championship, using the same advancement criteria list currently in place. Super-Regionals will be held in March through early April, no later than three weeks before the World Championship.

What does this mean?

US regional Championship events will now advance teams to a Super-Regional event rather than to the World Championship directly.

What is the advancement structure?

Teams will advance from Qualifying Tournaments (or meets/leagues depending on the region) to the state or regional Championship Tournament associated with those events.  That Championship Tournament will advance Teams to a specified Super-Regional Tournament.

Can I pick which Super-Regional I want to attend once I qualify?

No. Each Championship will advance teams to a specified Super-Regional. It does not matter where your team is located; you will advance to the Super-Regional designated for the Championship where you qualify.

How can I sign up for a Super-Regional?

Teams must qualify to attend Super-Regional events through their performance at a regional Championship event. Eligible teams will receive an invitation with registration instructions after their state or regional Championship. See below for details on the advancement criteria.

What criteria will be used to advance teams?

Teams will advance using the criteria for advancement outlined in the Game Manual. Teams will use the same advancement criteria to advance from a qualifier to a state Championship, from the state Championship to the Super-Regional, and from the Super-Regional to the World Championship. The number of teams advancing to the Super-Regional from each Championship will be equal to or greater than the number advancing now from each Championship to the World Championship.

How were Super-Regional sites selected?

Key factors were timing, accessibility, safety, local support, and resources to execute a strong event.

Where are the locations?

Super-Regional events will be hosted by Partners in California, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Texas. Additional details on the events will be available next fall, in time to allow teams advancing from state Championships to plan accordingly.

How much will the registration fee be?

Teams can expect these events to have an event registration fee of $500. Teams who believe they may advance should prepare now for a greater fundraising amount for this season.

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