@DanMantz This age requirement change will be very disruptive for the teams in our organization.
We have 6 elementary schools (IQ), a junior high (VRC), and a high school (VRC), and a K-6 (IQ) and a 7-8 and 9-12 online academy (VRC).
I’ve already had parent who are aware of the change tell me that their student is likely to not participate in 6th grade rather than move to VRC.
We could move some of the elementary teams with students who are born January - April 2005 to IQ MS, but we don’t have any other IQ MS teams competing in our area. So then we have to run mixed events for IQ to accommodate this change and then we end up with 5th graders playing against 8th graders if they advance to state or Worlds. From my perspective that proposition is less attractive than the past system.
I can move my “older” Junior High (MS) students to HS teams, but they don’t want to be on teams with these 11th and 12th grade students, they are in 8th grade.
I would rather the few teams we send to Worlds be slightly out-classed by slightly older students than to have the entire program have to contort to fit into these new requirements.
I understand there were some issues where IQ teams that only had students from 6th grade that just because of the school they attended weren’t allowed to play against Elementary IQ teams that were the same age… I really like a change to the age/school rules accommodate those teams.
I would prefer a rule that read like this…
Elementary School Student - A Student enrolled in grade 5 or lower OR enrolled in grade 6 in a school, which includes grade 5, but not grade 7 (e.g., K-6, 2-6, 3-6, 4-6, 5-6) OR any Student born after May 1, 2008
Middle School Student – Any eligible Student that is not an Elementary School Student.
Middle School Student – A Student enrolled in grade 8 or lower OR enrolled in grade 9 in a school, which includes grade 8 but not grade 10 OR a Student born after May 1, 2005
High School Student – Any eligible Student that is not a Middle School Student.