TEAMS Policies and Competition Rules

TEAMS Policies

  1. The TEAMS competition venue must be a university, school, or other public venue (such as a public library, community center or corporate facility).  The address where the competition will take place must be reported to TSA no later than three weeks prior to the competition.
  2. Online registration opens in September and all schools and groups must register through TSA. The competition site is selected at the time of registration. Registration fees are determined by TSA and the competition site. Registration fees are non-refundable and all payments are submitted directly to TSA. Payments may be made with a credit card, check or purchase order.
  3. Coaches will have access to their online account and competition resources only after payment or a school purchase order has been received for the registration amount.
  4. Registration payment or school purchase order must be received by TSA no later than two weeks prior to the competition date.
  5. Onsite registrations are not allowed at any location.
  6. Teams will be allowed to compete only if full payment or an official school purchase order that covers full registration has been received prior to the competition date.
  7. TEAMS payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  8. If a scheduled TEAMS competition at a host site is cancelled for any reason (including weather) the coach may choose to hold the competition at his/her own school. An "Onsite Location" guide is available to provide the coach with instructions on holding the competition. The new date and location must be reported to TEAMS staff a minimum of one week prior to the competition. TEAMS payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  9. Non-U.S. participants will be sent all materials in electronic PDF format.
  10. Host sites that choose to pay all or part of participant registration fees, will be billed for all fees incurred by the competition deadline.
  11. Payments collected for TEAMS hosts institutions will be distributed only after payment is received from the participating schools.
  12. If the competition date provided for an onsite location is less than two weeks away, competition materials will be provided via email in a PDF printable format. The onsite location is then responsible for printing the competition materials for distribution to the students.
  13. The TEAMS coach must be an adult. Typically the math, science or technology teacher at a middle school or high school is the coach. The TEAMS coach may also be a parent or other adult when a teacher is not available to act as coach. Students may not be the TEAMS coach.
  14. The intellectual property of the TEAMS competition belongs to the Technology Student Association. Any competition materials, photographs, videos, or recordings of the competition may not be shared through traditional or social media until after March 31st.

Competition Rules

  • Students must compete at the appropriate level. 
  • Middle school TEAMS participants should be in grades 7 or 8 (grade 6 if applicable).
  • Students in grades 11 and 12 may compete only at the 11/12 level.
  • Students in grades 9 and 10 may participate at either the 9/10 level or the 11/12 level.  The 9/10 participants will be judged with the level at which they compete.
  • Teams must consist of 4 to 8 students.
  • Students are limited to competing in one state level competition per year – those that qualify may also advance to participate in the national competition held at the national TSA conference.
  • All teams are required to have one adult who serves as the official team coach.
  • If coaching more than one team, all of a coach’s teams must participate on the same day.
  • The team coach must attend the competition.
  • Coaches are NOT allowed in the competition room(s) during the multiple choice and design/build portions.