To Go Big or to Go Conservative

Both 5254 and 20 are working to get better for IRI, but each are experiencing some major setbacks as well.

On one hand, Team 20 managed to make 2 capped stacks of 6 quite a few times in practice matches and we’re attaching new can grabbers (and a pneumatic system finally). On the other hand, we’re inconsistent at making those two capped stacks of 6, we have yet to test those can grabbers, and we have less than 2 weeks until we have to leave for competition.
So the question is, do we go big and pursue untested robot modifications in hopes they work well enough for us to get picked? Or do we practice with what we have and settle for maybe making 2 capped stacks of 6 more consistently?

5254 is experiencing a similar dilemma. We pursued some aggressive robot modifications for IRI, and many of them had issues at MidKnight Mayhem we’re not 100% sure how to solve. Additionally, the students have little time to spend working on the robot, and probably no time on a practice field. One of the students got sick recently, while a few others have prior commitments, like work and a family reunion. At MidKnight Mayhem, we would make 2.5 stacks one match and 1 the next, while they were making 3 full stacks relatively often at worlds.
So the question is, do we go big and pursue untested robot modifications in hopes they work well enough for us to seed or be a high pick? Or do we regress back to what we know worked- slow down the elevator, remove the can stabilizer, and use a short ramp once again in hopes of returning to Championships form.

I don’t know what each team should do. My instincts tell me to go big or go home- that its better to lose in a feverish attempt to be the best than to do mediocre. But this isn’t my competition, its the student’s. If they’ll be demoralized an uninspired by a poor performance as a result of trying to go big, is it really worth it?

These are the questions I’m currently struggling with, and the ones I think many people in FRC have to deal with.

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