Each tournament is allowed a certain number of advancements to the Championship tournament, based on the number of teams in each division at the tournament (so each tournament has a different number that advance). Eagle Ridge for example was able to advance 3 division I teams and 2 division II teams.
Within the tournament, advancement is based on team performance all-around in the three judging events. These teams are determined by the judges in a deliberation process which discusses all of the teams and how they did compared to other teams. There are no true scores in judging anymore (starting last year) and it is now based on performance compared to other teams. In addition to the judging, teams should have performed in the top ~40% in robot performance (may be different at smaller tournaments where there may only be a few teams in a division).
Teams are not allowed to win more than 1 judged award (with all awards being considered judged with the exception of robot performance which is solely based on the table scores). This means that once a team has won a Champions award, they cannot win any of the other judged awards. If there is a 2nd place Champions award given, then the team which receives that award will not be able to get any other judged awards and so on with all awards.
I was not at the tournament so I can't answer for the judges in this case but I can tell you that the judges at all tournaments discuss the teams and how they performed compared to all other teams in each division and pick the top division I and II teams to advance. With these discussions occurring behind closed doors, it can often be hard to tell exactly how your team performed versus all other teams.
If there are any coaches that would like to get more insight in this process, a GREAT way to do that is to judge at a tournament. We are a volunteer organization and rely on a ton of volunteers to serve as judges, referees and other volunteers. If you are interested, please go to http://www.vadcfll.org/volunteer.html for more information and to be matched with a tournament.
VA/DC FLL Regional Tournament Coordinator
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Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Question on qualification criteria for state
From: Rama Cheruvu <[log in to unmask]
Date: Sat, November 03, 2012 8:06 pm
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We had a fabulous regional tournament at Eagle Ridge MS, Ashhburn today. It was well
organized and the teams had good time. My team participated in Division II
tournamentvand we did very well. My team won 2 first place awards in Project and robot
performance. We scored highest score robot game. Also, we scored high in core values
(30.5/36), 32/36 in robot design, 37/40 in project and yet we failed to secure spot in state
championship. I spoke to Mark Vanderlyn and he explained me that there are other
parameters that play part in qualifying for state such as better score in core values. I would
like to hear from you all to see what's your experience in this situation just for my
undestanding. My team had lot of fun and they are very happy to win 2 awards.
Coach Insanum Cerebrum Team
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