February 21, 2002

NCAA Clarifies Policy on Religious Courses

After a home school graduate was denied eligibility to play soccer at college, Home School Legal Defense Association called the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to investigate. The student, now enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, believed she was denied eligibility because of the religious content of some of her high school work.

In a telephone call from HSLDA attorney Scott Somerville, NCAA personnel seemed to indicate that the NCAA was discriminating against religious home schoolers. HSLDA immediately wrote them to strongly oppose such a policy.

After receiving our letter, the NCAA quickly responded to clarify that their eligibility waiver process for home schooled students did not discriminate against religion and that they reviewed every course for content, not theological or doctrinal basis.

The NCAA has been very responsive to home schoolers in the past, and we expect this beneficial relationship to continue. If you are an HSLDA member and experience any difficulty in obtaining an eligibility waiver, please contact us so that we can assist you.

 Other Resources

Click here to read HSLDA's letter

Click here to read the NCAA's letter

Click here for more information on home schooling eligibility waivers