Currently, there are 24 states that allow home-schooled children to play sports at their neighborhood schools. This list includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington state, and Wyoming. Vermont. (Contact your state representative for further information.)
If your state is not on the list, you are homeschooling your child, and you expect to let him/her participate in secondary school athletics, you may have a battle on your hands.
The Tebow Bill, named after Tim Tebow, the UF football legend, will allow homeschooled children to play high school sports. Obviously, using the name Tebow carries some weight as well as highlights his rise to football stardom in Florida, where he was homeschooled and allowed to play high school football.
The State of Virginia is the most recent state trying to pass this bill.
Opponents of the bill argue that home-schooled children don’t have the education level of a typical high school student. (Really? So, your high school football star who’s getting recruited by top colleges around the country can barely score in triple digits on the SAT’s and you think homeschooling is poor? Doesn’t this happen every year?) There are also those that oppose this bill, because it will create a ‘recruiting’ type of atmosphere between homeschooled kids and local high schools. (If you didn’t already know, that stuff already happens with normal high school students.)
On the other side of the coin, some taxes goes to supporting public schools. So, even though you may home-school, you are still paying money towards a local high school. So, shouldn’t your child be allowed to play sports with the other taxpaying students? Or maybe all the homeschooled children’s taxes would go to a separate sports/activities program. (Then the s#!t would hit the fan…)
Below are some of the articles outlining what is going on with the Tebow Bill. If you know you are going to homeschool your child through secondary school, then you may want to start looking at your state’s legislature now.
You could be growing the next Tim Tebow in your very own house! Wouldn’t the world be a better place if there were just a few more Tim Tebows?
- ‘Tebow Bill’ Passes Va. Education Committee (washington.cbslocal.com)
- “Tebow Bill” Heads To Final House Vote In Virginia (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Virginia’s ‘Tebow Bill’ Would Allow Home-Schoolers In High School Sports (tracking.si.com)
- Pol ‘Tebows’ after bill Ok’d (politico.com)
- You: Virginia Home-Schoolers Make a Play to Join High School Teams (nytimes.com)