I hope everyone in the FIRST community has a great holiday. We're looking forward to a working holiday ironing out the wrinkles in the FTC field management system, getting more training on-line, and getting ready for the FRC kickoff.
I've noticed something interesting in the first two weeks of the FTC season. Teams in the finals have a disproportionate amount of past FLL'ers. In Chicago last weekend three of the four teams in the final rounds had significant FLL experience. One of those was a team largely made up of 8th graders.
The NXT brick is familiar, but it is just a controller. Familiarity is nice but that shouldn't slow down experienced FTC teams? The game, the head-to-head competition, the pace and focus required, are all consistent with past FTC, and different from FLL...
My guess is that it's the programming knowledge FLL graduates bring to FTC. The FLL competition is all about programming (there is no head-to-dead). FLL teams may get up to speed quicker with the new platform - not sure.
In any case it's been an interesting start to the season and it promises to get even more interesting as teams come up to speed on the game, options, and of course the programming.
Have a great holiday.