Division System

FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is for kids and teens in grades 4-8 (approximately ages 9-14).

Virginia+DC FIRST® LEGO® League uses a two division system to organize FLL Challenge tournaments and recognize team accomplishments through an awards process. Because we are a large region, we use this system to more fairly assess and recognize teams across all levels of play.

Age Division Criteria

  • If all students are Grade 5 and under: Division 1
  • If any student is Grade 6 or over: Division 2

In the event that grades do not apply to a student, then it reverts to birthdays:

  • If all students were 10 or younger on Jan. 1, 2024: Division 1
  • If any students were 11 or older on Jan. 1, 2024: Division 2

** Students younger than 9 years old are able to participate with permission for VA+DC FIRST® LEGO® League. They will not be able to register through the FIRST dashboard to complete their FIRST Consent and Release , so please reach out to for more instructions on how to do so.

*** Participants that were 14 years of age on January 1 of the competition year (for the Submerged season – January 1st, 2024) are eligible to participate (even if they are in 9th grade or will be turning 15 during the season).

Find Your Team’s Division

Use the Team Manager account to find out what division your team is in! The VA-DC FIRST® LEGO® League registration system will ask for grade and birthday, then calculate the team’s division.

If this update to the age division criteria causes issue/concerns, please reach out to us (e.g. schools that are K-6, etc.). We will work with teams as needed to address any concerns.




General Questions

Kaitlin Ilnitzki –
Program Manager

Karen Berger – Regional Tournament Coordinator