What you're seeing is the result of a hastily thrown together program that doesn't have enough
interest or participation to make it a viable "competition" in most wings, thus the allowance for
2 teams per wing at RCCs and 2 per Region at NCC.
As of today, there is so little information available on process, procedures, and dates, I don't understand
how there can be an expectation that this will be anything but a Safety Dance from end-to-end.
None of the websites have been updated, a lot of wings don't have their own comps (let alone teams)
set for location or date, and the same goes for regions.
This is supposed to lead up to a National Competition in >JUNE<. That's three months for something
which as of now has no plan, budgets, information, or even participants or locations.
Granted, you never get anywhere if you don't start, but for something on this scale to have any chance of even
marginal success it needs at least a year to plan, train and budget
, not to mention deconflicting with
other activities like encampments, NCSAs, etc. It's all the same people doing everything, and with membership
at near historical lows, there simply aren't the people around to focus on this at the level it needs to be without sacrificing
As mentioned in other threads, the bare minimum time needed to function at QCUA level now eats the entirety of the minimum
contact hours most squadrons have - you can't sacrifice too many meetings to "marching up and down the square" at competition level,
nor can many units afford to allow a CG team plus the seniors to peel off and disconnect from normal meetings without
impacting their progression. If a given unit has enough people interested that they can schedule additional
practices and meetings outside normal squadron functions, good on them, but that's not the norm in may units that are just
hanging on and getting it done.
In regards to the below...
1) Send the message to the Region champions that " Yes, you won. But you have to now have a 'do-over' in which you again compete against a team you already beat", and.....
You simply acknowledge that regions are selecting champions
, and under the current system each region will send two teams who may or may not have had
equal scores in the RCC but represent the region equally at the next level. The telling is easy, getting cadets to understand this will take
strong leadership and confident emphasis on what is actually important in the NCC (hint, it's not the trophy).
Perhaps you don't crown a "champion", per se you award representative teams the chance to advance, and like a NASCAR
racing team, being first is great, but you're also there to advance and support each other and as long as one or the other
from the Wing / Region advances, that's a "win". "A little bit of Shake and a little bit of Bake..."
It's entirely possible, and even likely that the RCC teams from a respective region will be from the same Wing. Same thing at that level,
knowing full well that at the wings, coming up with two actual viable teams will be difficult enough, and there will be no need for "competition"
for the RCC slots. In that case, in stead of a wing-level competition, there should be a wing-level training day to prepare both teams for RCC.
Same again goes if the region can't come up with more then two teams for NCC.
2) Create a scenario in which a Region winner would lose to the other Region participant, thereby creating the question of who is the actual champion! In the extreme, you could see a situation in which Team A beats Team B at Region. Team A then loses to Team B at Nationals. Team B then goes on to win the national championship. So then you have Team A as the Region champs and Team B as the National champs. So who is the champion!!
The champion is who(m?)ever wins that day. Easy-peasy. Not much different from when a Region Squadron of Distinction isn't the Squadron of Merit from that same wing.
It is what it is, just make sure that everyone knows the score going in.
And I agree this is likely to happen, since the wings where NCC is still a "thing" are going to fair much better against those where iy's a non-factor.
Anyone have any insight into the logic/reason for this type of setup?
See above - Desire to restart the program without the infrastructure in place to support it.