So the kids who make it to States haven't necessarily earned the opportunity by winning at Regionals-same with Nationals? I know it is allowed. Seems very different from taking one group of 15 from Regionals to Nationals. I wonder if any of the teams at Nationals are really one team.
Our State and Nationals Team is always the same unless someone on the State team has a conflict with Nationals. We try to go into Regionals with 12-13 kids on our A team, which leaves room to move really out standing performers on the B team up to the State Team.
There are a few states that don't let schools move students between teams - NorCal comes to mind. Also, most home school teams don't have extra kids to switch in and out. There were 5 home school teams at Nationals this year.
At my school, for regionals, we have teams A, B, C, D, and E. Our coach creates a tentative A team. However, people of any grade, from any team, can move to the A team for states and nationals. For example, you can be on the E team at regionals and still make the "varsity" team, because it's based more on determination and previously shown skill level and ability rather than a single preformance. Also, we cannot pack all of our "best" onto our A team for regionals, we need to give them a little time to try a new event, work with a new person, or to give the other teams(especially if they are full of seventh graders) help.
Past: Forestry, Disease, Meteorology, Towers, Sounds, Triple E, Boomilever, Entomology, WQ, WIDI, Bridges
Total Medals: 14
State Medals: Sounds of Music (2nd, 2013), Forestry (3rd, 2013), and Triple E (4th, 2013)
Gelinas and Ward Melville Alum, ELI Volunteer