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North Carolina association to discuss homeschool participation

November 28, 2017 / Athletic AdministrationCoaching
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) Board of Directors this week is expected to discuss whether homeschooled students should be allowed to play high school sports.

It’s not clear whether the board would vote for a change, but the issue is expected to come up during Thursday’s meeting, according to HighSchoolOT.com. State legislators in recent years have pushed bills to allow homeschoolers to participate in public school sports, but the proposals never garnered enough support.

The article gives some indication of what direction the NCHSAA could go. Ideas have included allowing homeschooled students to play at the school in their district, and those students could even be required to take some classes at the high school. 

According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, 22 states allow homeschooled students access to classes or sports at public schools. One obstacle for school districts is verifying that non-students are meeting the academic requirements for extracurricular activities. Coaches and athletic administrators also have expressed concern that it could lead to recruiting by teams.

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