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It would be nice to see this rule apply to grade level instead of age.  I
have a 12 year old dyslexic son in the 5th grade and will probably have to
drop out so the rest of his peers (4th and 5th graders) can compete in
Division 1. Just another hurdle kids with disabilities have to face!!

Melanie


On 9/13/11 12:33 PM, "Stuart & Lori Roll" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Interesting question - and one I hadn't seen before.
> 
> Steve, I think your interpretation on minimum age is a pretty good one.  It
> says you have to be 9 to participate but does not say when you had to have
> turned 9 in the past.
> 
> I think you are leading people astray, though, regarding the "January 1
> rule".  This is a regional rule (only two regions in the country use split
> divisions, as I understand it) and it has always been explicitly stated that
> it applies to the *current* year.  So, if anyone on your team was 12 or
> older on January 1, 2011 then your entire team must compete in Division 2
> this year.
> 
> Stuart
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VA/DC Referee Advisor
> Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:09 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Competition Age Restrictions/Requirements
> 
> This isn't my area of expertise, but:
> 
> FLL guidance (Coaches' Handbook):  FLL is a program of exploration for
> 9 to 14 year olds.  To be eligible, a child cannot be older than 14 on
> January 1 of the year the Challenge is announced.
> 
> VA/DC FLL guidance (Q&A, Divisions):   If all your team members are 11
> or younger as of January 1, then they are a Division 1 team. If at
> least one team member is 12 or older as of January 1, then your team
> is in Division 2.
> [I believe that this applies to the January of the Challenge
> period--i.e. the January 1 of the year *after*  the Challenge is
> announced.]
> 
> So, the 9-year-olds you describe will be eligible to be on a team.
> 
> Steve Scherr
> VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor
> 
> On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM, Missi Lackas <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> I would like to verify how stringent the age requirements are. I have boys
>> that are close to 9 1/2 years old right now that joined the team last may
>> when they were 9 and a few months. Is it true that they cannot compete
>> this
>> November if they were not 9 as of January 1st 2011?
>> 
>> I am not able to look this information up at the time and thought this
>> might
>> be the most productive and best informed place to start anyway.
>> 
>> Thanks for any help you can offer.
>> 
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