I will continue to update the spreadsheet for team and FPOW winners, as I filled in everyone's email to the list this morning, I found a few typos and will upload a new version later today. If your team is NOT planning to come to states, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.
Team number - you all have a team number now for states - it is on the spreadsheet and will match your number in avogadro. The schedules on the webpage show you what periods you will be competing for each event. If you team number is 1 - 20, you will follow the green 1-20 schedule, if it is 21-40, then follow the blue schedule, if you are an FPOW, you will follow the yellow FPOW block.
Experimental Design - yes, this will be a real event counting towards trophies in both divisions. I am making this a self-schedule because you didn't have to plan for it at regionals. Find 3 students with a common time open and be ready to claim your spot when scheduling opens.
Trial Events - still working on these, there may be another added, but for our veterans, please note that Stuck on Science has a theme that we will be announcing on March 29th. We are trialing Bouy oh Bouy! for Nationals, and Amazing Mechatronics B is likely to become a real event in our schedule next year, so you may want to send a pair in to try it out. We are going to limit all of these to 1 team per school, but it can be alternates. FPOWs - you are welcome to participate in these events, but you can't bring extra students from your school to do them.
Rosters - At some point in the next few weeks, I will get everyone registered for the state tournament in avogadro and will let you know so that you can log in and add your students and events. If your team received a bid, you can bring any 18 students that you want, whether they were V, JV, or just joined the school last week. If it is an FPOW invitation, you can only bring the specific students who won - even if one of them has to be at a band competition, you can't substitute anyone for them.
Self Scheduling - you can see on the schedules which events we will ask you to self-schedule. This is an attempt to decrease the lines at construction events. It seemed to help at the regionals so far. You will be glad to hear that we can lay the tracks for cars on Friday night, so impound should go much smoother for this one on Saturday morning. This will open at 7am on April 1. Why? Because April Fool's Day seems like the perfect time for this, and our last regionals don't finalize until March 29, so this gives those coaches 2 days to take a breath and figure out what works for their team.
Forms - we have to lather, rinse, repeat on the same forms used for regionals. New google forms will be headed your way, and a new Vandalism & Behavior form should be turned in at the registration table when you check in.
Fees - There are no additional fees to attend States.
Friday activities - We will have many of our old partners plus some new ones at the newly renovated Reynold's Coliseum Friday afternoon from 2 - 5. You are not obligated to be there, but please try hard to let your students get the added experience of interacting with all of these great groups. Opening Ceremonies will then start at 5 pm sharp. If you are NOT coming on Friday night, or you AREN'T staying for awards on Saturday, you can still compete, but I need to know. We can't quite get everyone on the floor of Reynold's so if your team isn't coming or is going to be small, I am going to place you on the second floor. I still love and you and the kids still get their awards, but we need the floor to be full. I have allocated 20 seats per full team and a section for the FPOWs to sit together.
If you have questions, please ask, but please check the webpage before you ask. When you ask, please remind me what school you are with. On a good brain day, I know who you are and where you coach, but there are 970 teams now and I can't always readily recall where you are. There are 16 more tournaments between today and States that we also have to take care of, so if I don't get back to you as fast as you would like, it is because I am trying to help all of those coaches get through avogadro & google forms & impound too. Or maybe I am just ignoring you, I guess you'll never know :)
I am excited to see all of you in April - good luck!