Has this been confirmed, or is this just speculation based on the rules document?
Here in Minnesota, FRC has been recognized by the Minnesota State High School League (the organization that administers all high school sports in Minnesota, runs state championships, etc) since the 2012 season, when we had our first MSHSL State Tournament. They have a set of bylaws in place, including:
BYLAW 109.00 - Students may not participate in more than one interscholastic season in a given sport in each school year
This would be a problem, as robotics is year-round. We attend competitions in the winter (week-0), spring (regionals/champs), summer (Off-season), and fall (Off-season)
BYLAW 201.00 - A student may not participate in League-sponsored activities unless the student is an amateur in that activity
This could be a problem for students based on their background. For example, we had a student on the team at one point that already had a patent for an arthritis treatment device she designed, and was taking the device through clinical trials at the U of M while she was a student. I would not call her an “amateur” when it comes to anything we do. And then there’s the case of the Farmington robotics team, gaining national notoriety for their work building powered wheelchairs for kids - are they amateurs?
BYLAW 204.00 Awards presented to students shall be of a symbolic nature rather than those which have intrinsic value.
Having a student that won Dean’s List at champs back in 2014… She got a ton of stuff with that award, enough to blow this rule out of the water.
BYLAW 405.00 A member school must schedule a minimum of three interscholastic varsity games, meets or matches to qualify for League-sponsored tournament participation in that sport.
This would rule out most teams in MN from the MSHSL tournament - we have maybe 1 team that does 3 regionals in a season, which would mean only those that do 2 regionals plus champs would qualify. Don’t even bother talking about community-based teams, they would be excluded no matter how well they did.
Anyways, those are just a few of the items teams in MN would have problems with… and yet, none of it is a problem for anyone. Every team in MN is eligible for the state championship, even community based teams. the MSHSL doesn’t get involved with our regionals or other events at all. They don’t limit participation hours or seasons. As part of getting recognized by them, we worked all of this out ahead of time so that FIRST teams could continue to be FIRST teams. Trust me, back then I heard all sorts of concerns from people on different teams about how the MSHSL rules were going to affect them… and then after we had the first state tournament and none of their worries came to pass, they stopped talking about how bad it was going to be… instead, those same people started trying to argue their way into the tournament when they ended up below the cutoff!
So instead of sitting there, worrying about what may happen or how it might affect you - go find out. Go talk to the RD or planning committee, or others that oversee the larger aspects of FIRST in your state. Ask them how this sort of thing would work, what they’re doing to make sure it has a positive impact for all teams in the state, and what you can do to help them make sure everything works out for the best. Doing this will have a lot bigger, and more direct impact than sharing concerns with people from across the world online.