My homeschooled kids play sports, not through a school, but through separate programs. My boys have played on the Valley Youth Soccer League in our area for a few years. We've done Upward Sports for flag football and basketball. Google "children's sports" and your city. You should find plenty of leagues. Upward Sports is a Christian-based program run out of churches, and their seasons only last about 8 weeks, and practices are only once a week instead of twice a week, not counting Saturday games.
Join a local homeschool support group for tons of other extra-curricular activities like field trips and music lessons. Cub scouts also has lots of activities including sports and field trips.
I believe they call this- not joking, but the "Tim Tebow" law. I believe it did not pass as a law. So, I believe it is up to the individual school. Our local Christian school allows homeschoolers to play sports. However, I have done the Church camps like Upwards as well and liked the devotional aspect.
I homeschool my grandchildren (4th year). Last year they both played flag football through the city recreation department. This year my grandson is going to play tackle football, and my granddaughter is going to play soccer. There are many other opportunities as well. For about 2 years we had them enrolled in a local Jiu Jitsu class. There is also a local gymnastics school that hosts a homeschool class every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
There are so many sport organizations outside of the govt school system that we have only used community sport teams for baseball, softball, t ball, baketball volleyball and soccer...
Thank ya'll for the feedback. All 3 of our kids are already in sports outside of school and I coach one son's baseball team and help coach my daughter's team. The thing is it's my daughter we want to homeschool and this is the last year she can play softball for the city. She is very good at it and if I was going to homeschool her she would have to be able to play for the school. I think I need to ask the school. Thanks again though. Ya'll be blessed. BTW she's 14.
I know what you mean - we have neighbors who would like to homeschool but they want their son to play public school sports because the dad did when he grew up. It's just really important to him that his son be able to play basketball and football for the schools like he did. So they're keeping him in school. It's sad because I know the next county over from here homeschoolers can participate in school sports, but not here. It probably depends on your state laws, but here it is up to each school district whether or not homeschoolers join extracurricular activities.
I know where I live the schools have to let you try out. Of course that is all they have to do. Unless your child is exceptional there is little chance they will make the team. If your child already has connections to the school and its sports program she may have a good chance. You're right though you have to ask the school district you are in what their policy is. Best of wishes to your daughter.
Our Christian school also allows homeschooled children to play sports......but our tax dollars don't spend the rest as everyone else's so......we aren't "allowed" to play any VHSL sports in Virginia......so, once you age out of little league etc...you're out of luck.....it's a shame, I think they should either give me refund for every dollar I pay in that is sent to public education.....makes me mad.
One of our local colleges does a PE class twice a week for homeschoolers. Guess we are extremely lucky.
Our local YMCA offers a homeschool PE once a week. Each month is a different sport: team sports, rock climbing, swimming, racquetball, etc.
In my house, we spend many nights a week at the local fields for one sport or another. My son plays baseball and soccer through a couple of seasons and the two run into each other at some points in the year. Between practice and games, we sometimes are planning our week around sports.
Here are some benefits of sports that make all the running around worthwhile.