I'm 27 and last season I was on a team with a 13 year old. She turned 13 while I was on the team. When I started in open divisions I was on teams with people who were all 18+. Hell at worlds one year almost everyone on my team was old enough to go "drink around the world" at epcot! My first season on an open 4 everyone was 18+ and almost everyone was in college with a handful of us being older than that and in grad school or the work force. The next year they changed the age grid and suddenly the majority of the team was middle school or high school age. Literally from one season to the next I went from being on a team with a guy who was a gym teacher, to being on a team with girls who could be in his gym class! I decided to try out for an open 6 assuming it would be like the open team I was on in college where we would all practice and then go bar hopping together. Or the open team I practiced with in France where everyone was in their mid 20s. Instead to my surprise the majority of the team was in high school with only a few college freshman/sophomores. Only 4 of us were old enough to drink. Less than a quarter of us were over 18. Don't get me wrong I am not bad talking the team or the gym I was at they were and are amazing! It was just a very noticeable representation of the changing demographic of open teams in the past few years. A demographic change I do not think has been for the better. I still love cheer and would love to continue competing but it's a lot less fun to be on a team as an adult with a bunch of kids. I would kill to compete on a level 7 team if only because everyone on the team would be an adult. I miss being able to go out dancing with my team on saturday, practicing on sunday, and working on monday.