US Open Middle School

I’ve noticed that there have been multiple Shanghai teams who competed in the US Open for Middle School, and I was wondering how that was possible.

It’s the US OPEN, key word there is OPEN.

Some other countries have events that can qualify for the US Open. In the UK we had a few (two I think?).

Perhaps we should change the name to the VEX Open or the CREATE Open. Calling it the US Open leads one to believe it is for teams in the United States. Before anyone brings it up we lost in the finals to several Shanghai teams, so I might still be a little frustrated.