CyberPatriot teams consist of the following team members:
CyberPatriot Coaches are the backbone of the competition. Coaches are adults (e.g. teachers, JROTC instructors, staff members) approved by a participating school or educational organization to act as the administrative lead of a CyberPatriot team. Coaches need not be technically saavy, as teams are welcome to work with Technical Mentors as described below, but all Coaches are responsible for the following:
Ensuring competitor safety by controlling access to minors, following legal and school requirements, and adequately supervising students during practice rounds and all rounds of competition.
Protecting the competition's integrity by ensuring students receive no assistance from Mentors, Team Assistants, or anyone else during competition rounds. Coaches are also responsible for upholding the rules, time limits, and download limits as outlined in the CyberPatriot Rules Book.
Acting as the CyberPatriot Program Office's main point of contact for the team. Preparation emails for each round of competition, as well as the links to download competition images, are only sent to Coaches. Additionally, should we need to contact a team about score discrepancies, registration issues, or any other competition matters, we will use the information on file for the team's Coach of record. All CyberPatriot Coaches should thus ensure they are capable of receiving messages from email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, which are sometimes blocked by school firewalls.
Each CyberPatriot team must consist of between two and six competitors enrolled in the participating school or organization. Teams competing in the Open and All Service Divisions must consist entirely of students pursuing high school educations, while Middle School Division teams must consist entirely of students enrolled in middle school or junior high.
While up to six students are permitted on each team's roster, a maximum of five students are permitted to compete at any one time during a competition round. The competitor not competing may act as a substitute, and cannot assist the active competitors.
Technical Mentors are industry professionals, students,
academics, and otherwise IT-experienced adults who volunteer
their time to teach cyber defense skills and cyber ethics to
CyberPatriot teams. All Mentors must register on the CyberPatriot website, and are required to successfully complete a background check before being added to the list of approved Mentors.
One or more registered
Mentors may be chosen by a Coach to assist in training his or her CyberPatriot team(s). Teams are
not required to have a Mentor, as a Coach may act in the combined role of a Coach
and Mentor, if he or she would also like to and feels capable of training the team. Additionally, CyberPatriot Mentors are welcome to assist multiple teams, but should make sure they are linked to all of the teams with which they are working through their Volunteer Portal page on the CyberPatriot website.
Team Assistants are adults who provide non-technical support and encouragement to the team, such as assisting with set-up, snacks, and transportation. Team Assistants are required to register on the CyberPatriot website and pass a background check, as they will be working with minors. CyberPatriot teams are permitted to have multiple Team Assistants, and Team Assistants are welcome to volunteer with multiple teams. After passing the background check, Team
Assistants can then be linked to the appropriate team(s) through the CyberPatriot Volunteer Portal.