Finally, homeschoolers will be allowed to play on public school teams. The Arkansas Activities Association voted to allow homeschooled kids to play on public school athletic teams starting with the 2013-2014 school year. There are conditions that must be met, but this is a huge step in the right direction.
The AAA made this decision without legislation from the State of Arkansas. Some of the stipulations include that athletes must submit paperwork by July 1, 2013 to be eligible to play for a team in the 2013-2014 school year. Approval is at the sole discretion of the local Superintendent of Schools. Homeschooled athletes must apply at what would be their local school. They may not apply to a school that they would not normally attend. Homeschool athletes are subject to proof that they are performing at or above the grade-level for their age. Proof will be standardized testing, ACT or SAT-10 scores.
The vote allows homeschoolers to try out for a team. This rule does not guarantee that a homeschooled student will make the team. I am glad to see that the AAA is finally making strides to give homeschooled students a chance to play competitive sports.
I’m smiling after hearing this news, how about you?