The Game Manual released in April 2019 states the following:
Student - Anyone born after May 1, 2005 (i.e. who will be 14 or younger at VEX Worlds 2020). Eligibility may also be granted based on a disability that has delayed education by at least one year. Students are the individuals who design, build, repair, and program the Robot with minimal adult assistance.
• Elementary School Student - Any Student born after May 1, 2008 (i.e. who will be 11 or younger at VEX Worlds 2020).
• Middle School Student - Any eligible Student that is not an Elementary School Student.
Team - Two or more Students make up a Team. A Team is classified as an Elementary School Team if all members are Elementary School Students. A Team is classified as a Middle School Team if any members are Middle School Students. Teams may be associated with schools, community/youth organizations, or a group of neighborhood Students.
This rigid age-based definition causes some confusion and/or hardship depending on the country or school district. Will any exceptions be made for Teams with situations that do not intuitively match this definition?