Some states allow homeschoolers to participate in public school sports. Others don't. How do most homeschoolers play sports? Join Mike Smith on today's Home School Heartbeat as he talks with the founder of the Home School Sports Network.
With us this week is Chris Davis, founder of the Home School Sports Network. Thanks for joining us, Chris.
Well, thank you for having me, Mike. I am excited to be with you today.
Chris, homeschool sports have grown considerably over the last decade. What stage of development have they finally reached?
Well, compared to 11 years ago when I started homeschool coaching, it was hard to find other homeschool teams without doing a lot of research—it was really difficult to locate other coaches and it was really difficult to find other homeschool sports programs. Now, having done this for 11 years, I can attest to the phenomenal growth in homeschool sports. There are literally thousands of basketball, football, baseball, swimming teams that are all homeschool-based, from Alaska to Florida. Today the average homeschool team schedules and plays against private and public and other homeschool teams, with many of these teams being part of athletic conferences. And there are national tournaments. There are state tournaments in probably 20 of the 50 states in our country.
Chris, that's a tremendous change over 10 years ago; and thank you for being with us today. And until next time, I'm Mike Smith.