Homeschool kids are just like other kids. Many kids love sports and want to play on an organized team. Unlike their public school peers, many of them find it difficult to find a sports team to join. Only 22 states allow homeschooled kids to play on public school sports teams.
You’ve probably heard of Tim Tebow, who played football, even though he was homeschooled. There is also a Tim Tebow law, where legislation has been written to enable homeschool kids to play on public school sports teams. Rather than focus too much on the pros and cons, I would like to present a few options .
My kids love sports and from a very early age, participated in team sports. It was very easy to find athletic activities for them to join. Our church, and many others nearby, offered different sports leagues for children. The opportunities were great and taught good sportsmanship. They played soccer, t-ball and basketball at young ages.
We also tried some of the city/county leagues, which were open to anyone. They enjoyed these leagues even more, because they were more competitive. We found the coaches to be very good with kids, too. These leagues went from elementary school through high school (on certain sports). We participated in soccer and baseball.
Another sport option was tennis. Tennis can be very expensive, because lessons are necessary for competitive play. But, for recreational tennis, there were many leagues that were inexpensive. We found leagues in tennis clubs and country clubs. You didn’t have to be a member to participate. Our kids were very involved and one child played competitive tournaments.
More and more areas are adding Homeschool Leagues, now. These usually start small. In our area, we have a few sports available. In larger cities, you may find a full menu of sports to choose from for your homeschooled kid.
So, if you want organized sports as part of your homeschool, you’ll need to scout out the best options for your family. Check with churches, Parks & Recreations Departments, Sports Clubs and even Country Clubs for the perfect spot for your children.
Yes, I’ve been a soccer mom and tennis mom. It’s fun! Sports are great for teaching diligence and good character. Children need to learn how to win and lose. Play Ball!
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