You are not reading the legislation wrong. Charter/Home/Private school students are allowed to participate. The UIL does not have the authority determine the eligibility of a charter/private/home school student. The school may not realize the laws have changed or the school is hoping you don’t know the law and will go away after the reply from the UIL.
Hard to believe this is still going on but every month I read about some parent that home schools in Texas getting dragged before a judge to explain the choices they have made for their children.
Your son can practice with the team until you can get this resolved. The football coach can get you the medical form for the physical. Most likely they have contracted with a local doctor so there should be no charge. You cannot be charged for anything unless the other students are being charged.
Nothing that comes out of the UIL is applicable to Home school students. The first part of the reply “According to UIL rules, your son would not be allowed to participate at Bastrop Middle School.” is a standard reply and “according to UIL rules” the statement is correct. But according to the law, UIL rules are no longer applicable to charter/private/home school students. The laws have changed and § 33.081 (b) clearly states that only students enrolled in the public school are subject to school district policy and University Interscholastic League rules regarding participation. UIL rules are no longer applicable to charter/private/home school students.
The second part of the reply, “In order to represent Bastop MS in any extracurricular activity, he would have to be enrolled as a full time student at Bastrop MS”. This is only accurate for students enrolled in Bastop MS.
In the past, the public schools used UIL eligibility rules to keep charter/private/home school students out of extracurricular activities. The School district is attempting to apply school district policies and UIL eligibility rules on a home school student. School district policies and UIL eligibility rules are only relevant to students enrolled in the public school.
You will need to call the football coach and talk with him. Be very friendly, this is the guy your son will have to play for after this is resolved. Ask him if there is some other reason that your son cannot participate other then the UIL eligibility rule (there won’t be). Next, let him know you are relived to hear that because the laws changed a few years ago and you will email him the new laws and call him back.