So our tournament was Saturday and our team actually did pretty well with the robot matches. But I received the scores for all the teams this morning, and ouch... Fewer than half the teams earned more than 55. And only 4 teams out of 48 in the tournament were able to break 100. And 100 is only 1/4 of the potential points available. And I've looked at other tournaments around the U.S. that have posted their results, and it's very similar across the board -- ~90% of teams are unable to reach 100 in even one of their four attempts.

So, as a serious question, what would the matches be like if kids had 8 or 10 minutes rather than 2 and a half?

I watched a lot of teams get really flustered because of the very short time constraints. And it seemed that if one thing went wrong, it chewed up all the time and the team would score zero points from that point forward. A longer match would at least give an opportunity to recover from a problem and still salvage the rest of the time.

My guess is there would be a small number of teams that would still struggle to get even one or two missions done, even with that amount of time. I imagine the top teams would have the opportunity to score 300+ if they had that much time. (The top score at our tournament was 172, second team got 113.) But I think it would give a big majority of teams in the middle to at least attempt 7 or 8 missions and try to earn a decent score.

At the very least, it would spread all the scores out some. At our tournament, because so many of the scores were bunched together in the 30's and 40's and 50's, if any of those teams had accomplished **1** additional mission, they would have jumped up a dozen spots or more. For several of them, a single touch penalty dropped them 4 or 5 spots. I think if there were more time, those scores would have a much wider range. Even the teams that struggle would be able to get 50 or 60, a majority of teams would get above 100. The good teams would push 200, and the top teams might exceed 300.

So, just tossing the idea out to folks. What do you all think?

So, as a serious question, what would the matches be like if kids had 8 or 10 minutes rather than 2 and a half?

I watched a lot of teams get really flustered because of the very short time constraints. And it seemed that if one thing went wrong, it chewed up all the time and the team would score zero points from that point forward. A longer match would at least give an opportunity to recover from a problem and still salvage the rest of the time.

My guess is there would be a small number of teams that would still struggle to get even one or two missions done, even with that amount of time. I imagine the top teams would have the opportunity to score 300+ if they had that much time. (The top score at our tournament was 172, second team got 113.) But I think it would give a big majority of teams in the middle to at least attempt 7 or 8 missions and try to earn a decent score.

At the very least, it would spread all the scores out some. At our tournament, because so many of the scores were bunched together in the 30's and 40's and 50's, if any of those teams had accomplished **1** additional mission, they would have jumped up a dozen spots or more. For several of them, a single touch penalty dropped them 4 or 5 spots. I think if there were more time, those scores would have a much wider range. Even the teams that struggle would be able to get 50 or 60, a majority of teams would get above 100. The good teams would push 200, and the top teams might exceed 300.

So, just tossing the idea out to folks. What do you all think?

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