This article was taken from the Home School Legal Defense Court Report and website. Used by permission. For more information about the Home School Legal Defense Association, visit them at http://www.hslda.org. Sept/Oct 2006.
To locate or contact a YMCA near you, visit "http://www.ymca.net/find_your_ymca/." For other community programs, check with county leagues, local Boys and Girls Clubs, and churches.
For a listing of homeschool sports teams in your state, visit "http://www.hslda.org/highschool/stateresources.asp," HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School’s state resources page. Home School Legal Defense Association updates this list as we receive information about additional groups.
The Homeschool SportsNet is an online clearinghouse of information on homeschool sports. To find teams and tournaments in your area, visit "http://www.hspn.net."
Search online for a club team in your geographical area, or ask other homeschooling parents for recommended teams. Inquire about the club coaches and other players to get a feel for team dynamics.
Public school sports
If you live in one of the following states, your homeschooled student is allowed to participate in athletics in your local public school: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
For more information on the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship, visit "http://www.homeschoolbasketball.com."
See "http://www.hwsa.net" for more information about the Home School World Series Association.
Check with your state homeschool organization for other tournaments and competitions near you.If your teen is interested in pursuing highly competitive sports, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) sponsors events for its members across the country, including the annual Junior Olympic Games. By joining the AAU, teams—including homeschool teams—are eligible to compete in and host AAU events. Visit HYPERLINK "http://aausports.org" http://aausports.org for more information.
If your homeschooler is planning to play college sports or apply for athletic scholarships at a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member school, he must first register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Visit "http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net" for more information.