At the Manhattan tournament there was a first place tie and we held a runoff. One of the coaches questionned why we didn't just give out 2 first place trophies. NYC PC's Mark S, explains:
We have always followed this model at the citywide and that it was the fairest rather than taking a average of the two team's 4 rounds or take the total amount of points across the 4 rounds as a deciding factor. I explained to both coaches the reasoning behind the need to announce a clear 1st, 2nd, 3rd, place in robot performance as we need to have these distinct positions in order for the rankings and qualifications to work. In Manhattan, we had the top two scores be a tie (meaning a tie for 1st and a tie for 3rd) - there was no other way but to have another round in between the two top teams and the two teams below those to determine 1st, 2nd, 3rd.