It might surprise some to know that only 24 states allow homeschooled students to participate in public school athletics. However there is a movement among homeschoolers to increase that number.
The Tim Tebow Act is named for University of Florida quarterback, Tim Tebow a former homeschooler who has won a state title, a scholarship, a national championship and a Heisman Trophy. Florida law allows for homeschoolers to participate in sports within the public school district in which they live.
The Florida law is fairly new as it was put in place in 1996. If not for that law Tim Tebow wouldn’t have played football. Such is the case for many homeschoolers across the nation.
There are programs in place for homeschoolers. Homeschool groups have organized teams in a variety of sports. There are community centers and places like the YMCA that provide an opportunity for elementary-aged children.
The issue arises when children hit high school. If a homeschooler lives in a state that denies them the opportunity to participate in sports they are usually left with little options. If homeschoolers are hoping to be scouted by a college, homeschool teams probably aren’t going to cut it.
This has led to many homeschooling families allowing their teen children to enter back into the public school system simply for the access to sports. For many families this is the only option.
In states that allow homeschoolers access to public schools, children are allowed to participate in sports as well as other extracurricular activities such as drama. Children are allowed access to the school’s resources like the library and computer labs. Homeschooled children can even attend a class or two if they choose.
As the number of homeschooled children across the nation continue to rise, we may see more options come available for children who wish to pursue sports.
Our family spent 9 years on a military base in Japan and we were allowed access to all the public school had to offer. We are now in Nevada and we still have that luxury, should we choose to use it. I just took it for granted that this was available anywhere.
What I’m wondering is:
*Which states allow homeschoolers access to public school resources?
*Do you live in one of these states and do you utilize the public school system for certain activities?
* Would you (or have you) put your child into the public school system to give them the opportunity to participate in sports or academic activities?