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Discussion: Eligibility help

in: 2024 OUSA Junior Nationals (Mar 22–24 - Quincy, WA, US)

Jan 25, 2024 6:08 PM # 
Hello! This is the first time that GrizO might have a club team at Junior Nationals, and I'd like to make sure that the prospective team would be eligible for the Team IS Club Intermediate category.

Let's say I have the following three kids: a 6th grader from one school, an 8th grader from another school, and a homeschooled 8th grader. All are GrizO members. Would this be an eligible Team IS Club Intermediate team?

Thanks in advance!
Jan 25, 2024 9:10 PM # 
Unless you're omitting relevant information, such as one or more of the kids in question having sworn a blood oath never to join OUSA or maybe the homeschooled student not holding US citizenship (and I'm not certain but I think that one wouldn't necessarily be fatal), I think you have yourself an eligible team there.
Jan 26, 2024 7:51 AM # 
To be an eligible Intermediate Club team, all they need is OUSA membership.
Jan 26, 2024 8:30 PM # 
Yes..OUSA Members.

If they will all go to the same HS eventually, then they all claim that as their school and run as an ISI school team (if you want).

If they will all go to different school in 9th grades or you are not interested in pursuing the idea of using their next school to bind them into a school team, then call them a club team, and they will all pick a random name for the team and go from there.

IMO, any team is better than no team...most kids love being on a team. Interpret it as liberally as you see fit as you are the one really who knows best about the intent and spirit of the situation at hand, despite the rules that seem to get a bit over-the-top in these cases. When it is all said and done, we never have enough teams.
Jan 26, 2024 10:42 PM # 
It's not really that complicated.
Jan 27, 2024 1:42 AM # 
Are you kidding me?
Jan 27, 2024 4:24 AM # 
All kids grade 9 or younger?
All kids members of OUSA?
All kids members of grizz-O?
If you answered yes to all, that’s all you need for a club team at IS level.
Citizenship status can affect individual eligibility but not team eligibility.
Jan 27, 2024 5:50 AM # 
Are you kidding me?

@Boris: "It's not that complicated" was not at all meant to imply that you shouldn't have asked your initial question, but that some of the other responses (before Mike's) made it seem more complicated than it was.

Given everything you had initially said about the Griz-O kiddos, the only remaining eligibility box that needed checking was OUSA membership (Ok, I ASSumed they were citizens).

Admittedly, my viewpoint may be a bit skewed, because I've been involved with IS/IC rules since 2005 -- when club team competition was added. I've also been the registrar for the IS Champs (2010, 2014), IS/IC Champs (2016), and Jr Natls (2022). The Club team rules that I helped write were much more complicated, than they are now; but every simplifying modification has been a worthwhile one -- even to the "why didn't I think of that?" level.
Jan 27, 2024 10:30 PM # 
Citizenship status or permanent resident status

for individual championship title "... a competitor must be a regular member of an IOF federation in the North American region and a citizen or legal permanent resident of the country in which they hold federation membership..."
students who are neither citizens nor permanent residents, but are OUSA members and enrolled in a US school (e.g., exchange students) are eligible to be members of school or club teams

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