Rules & Regulations

In addition to the seasonal game rules for our different challenges we have a set of “General Rules” for each WRO Category. These tell you everything you need to know about participating in a WRO competition. The General Rules for each Category state what is permitted and what is not permitted in the WRO competition, they can be updated for a new season. If you participate in the competition you should read the latest version of the General Rules to avoid problems.

You can download the General Rules from the WRO Association website.

We expect all teams and coaches participating in the competition to respect the WRO Ethics Code.

Team & Coach Definitions

Coach Definition

  • The minimum age of a coach at an international WRO final is 18 years of age.

  • Coaches may work with more than one team.

  • Coaches may offer students advice and guidance prior to the competition; however, this does not mean that coaches can do the work for the students.

  • During competitions, including the international WRO final, all work and preparation must be performed by the students themselves

Team Definition

  • Competitions in WRO are team based. A team consists of two (2) or three (3) team members.

  • Each team is assisted by a coach.

  • One (1) coach and one (1) team member is not considered to be a team and cannot participate.

Age Group Definitions

Compete with Peers

In WRO we have the ambition of being relevant to students of different ages. That is why we offer competitions on platforms that provide fun and challenging experiences.

It is also why we have divided two of our categories into multiple age groups. In the Regular Category, each age group has a different mission. In the Open Category, the challenge is the same for all participants (except for WeDo), but they are judged within their age group.

Please note:

The mentioned ages reflect the age of the participant in the year of the competition; not at the competition day. For participation in the international WRO final it is strictly enforced that students cannot, at any time in the year of the competition, be older than specified in the age group definitions. Example: A participant that is still 12 years old at the time of the international WRO final in November, but turns 13 years old in December the same year cannot participate in Elementary Category.

Age Groups for Regular & Open Categories

WeDo: maximum 10 years old in the year of competition.

Elementary: maximum 12 years old in the year of competition.

Junior: 13 – 15 years old in the year of competition.

Senior: 16 – 19 years old in the year of competition.

Age Group for WRO Football

10 – 19 years old in the year of competition.

Age Group for Advanced Robotics Challenge

High School or Undergraduate students 17 – 25 years old in the year of competition.