Grade level confusion

So if i’m right, states are separate for MS and HS? And if that’s the case, i don’t know where my team should go. We’re registered as a 8th grade team, but here i am a 9th grader. My teacher put me in at the start of the year. I’m really confused on what competitions our team should go.

VEX is using age to determine who is a middle school student this year. If you look in the Game Manual on page 11, their definition of student defines middle vs high school:

Student - A person is considered a Student if he or she meets both of the following criteria:

  1. Anyone who is earning or has earned credit toward a high school diploma/certificate or its equivalent during the six (6) months preceding the VEX Robotics World Championship. Courses earning credits leading up to high school would satisfy this requirement.
  2. Anyone born after May 1, 2000 (i.e. who will be 19 or younger at VEX Worlds 2020). Eligibility may also be granted based on a disability that has delayed education by at least one year.
    • Middle School Student - A Student born after May 1, 2004 (i.e. who will be 15 or younger at VEX Worlds 2020). Middle School Students may “play up” and compete as a High School Student.
    • High School Student - Any eligible Student that is not a Middle School Student

Based on this defintion, as long as you were born after May 1, 2004, VEX still considers you a middle school student. If you were born before that date, you should talk to your teacher about this issue.


Alright thanks, i’m born after this date, so i should be fine :slight_smile: thanks!!


The new date cutoffs are kinda weird… But I agree they were necessary with an international competition.

Some of my middle schoolers would be able to play IQ until their 10th grade year… And at that point what’s the point of learning VRC?


wow, under vex’s definition, i’m a middle school student. the reality is that i am a high school sophomore. i think vex needs to slightly modify the date.

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They may do this due to people being held back a grade.

yeah. i’m young for my grade as i didn’t go to DK (developmental kindergarten) and haven’t ever been held back :+1:

surprisingly, i’m not the youngest. there is a girl in my grade who is 15 years old. she just turned 15 this last November.

I myself turn 16 in May.