(from the Official Rules)
1. Eligibility Requirements
1-1. Each competing team consists of 4 or 5 student members. (Only 4 will be playing at any time.) To be eligible to compete, a high school student must be enrolled for the current school year in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 at the team’s school, and be born on or after May 1, 1998. To be eligible to compete, a middle school student must be enrolled for the current school year in grades 6, 7, or 8 at the team’s school, and be born on or after September 1, 2002 and on or before April 26, 2008. A student is limited to at most 3 years of middle school competition and at most 4 years of high school competition. A student may not compete in both the middle school and high school events in the same year.
The National Science Bowl® is a school-based competition. Teams of home-schooled students will be considered to belong to a school as long as each student can provide one of the following items:
a) Dated copy of a letter of intent to homeschool from the parent to the state or county in which the student resides;
b) Copy of the current membership ID to a homeschool association; or
c) Dated proof of purchase of curriculum for the current academic school year.
All students on a home-schooled team must live within the geographic boundaries of the team’s assigned regional event.
All team members must attend the same school. No club teams (community groups, non-school-based teams) will be approved.