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    Quote Originally Posted by SID081108 View Post
    I don't think homeschooler's are being picked on here. Kim's example of the private school is a good one. I went to a private Christian College where there was no football team (basketball and soccer were the big sports there). If someone wanted to be a professional football player, they wouldn't come to our school for an education...it just wouldn't make sense. If this 15-year old boy really wants to be a professional soccer player, then maybe his parents should rethink their education decision at this point in order to provide him the opportunities he needs.
    Yeah, the school my kids went to in NY was a private school and they had some sports programs which were fine for your average family but i remember this one mom, who's son was in Emma's class, said to me once that her son would not be able to stay at the school for his entire elementary education. She said that he would need to be in a place with stronger sports programs because what they have here wouldn't be enough for him. I thought to myself "How on earth does she know that? They are only in Kindergarten"

    Well lo and behold....he just fiished 6th grade at this school and sure enough, she posted his picture on FB and said "[My sons] last day at ____ school" and then posted a nother picture of him and said "He's no longer an [old school mascot] and is now a [new school mascot]" Holding up a LaCrosse shirt from this other private school...one that definitely has a stronger sports program as they have a high school too and start preparing their kids earlier for high school sports.

    I guess she decided early on sports are a priority, so she made her decisions accordingly. I think homeschoolers need to do the same thing.

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    I am a big supporter of homeschooling if it's done right, and still think it's best if homeschoolers have their own local teams and compete against each other nationwide, IMO. It's true that they (generally) have more time to practice sports if they want to, even if it's just more days per week to practice, because teaching one-on-one or a few at a time naturally takes less time than teaching a whole classroom of students and everything that is involved with large numbers of students vs. only one or a few.

    Not sure how it would work in relation to professional sports, though.
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    Absolutely not, kids should not be allowed on public school teams if they are not public school students. My main concerns are that they might be taking spots away from public school students who don't have other options, that they have an advantage in being able to focus more on their sport than on their academics, and that they aren't part of the school community. I remember during football season, high-five-ing all the football players in the hallways on game days when they were wearing their jerseys; if someone just showed up for games, that would be incredibly weird and I'm not sure I would want to cheer for them because it would feel like their were a ringer for another team or something.

    As others have said, when a parent makes a decision about education, it has to encompass *all* aspects, not just academics or morality, but sports, as well. I'm sorry this aspiring professional player doesn't have a league to play in fall, but if the sport is that important to him, then he needs to make a decision. Either find another league in another town to play in fall, or enroll in public school.
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    Here home schooled kids can play on the local school team. We have never had a big issue with kids taking spots away from other kids. In fact we had a girl that was on my DDs basketball team at her private school that was not enrolled at the school at the time (she had been in the past but she was being home schooled for a while so the family could figure out her celiac disease by monitoring food intake closely)
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    Kim -- sort of a similar scenario question for you: Do the Catholic schools there allow (Catholic) religious-ed students that are from public schools to play on their sports teams? I was surprised when that practice came to light a few years back locally.
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    I won't speak for Kim but here the Catholic schools here have their own teams and public school kids cannot join and they couldn't join our teams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissyJ View Post
    Kim -- sort of a similar scenario question for you: Do the Catholic schools there allow (Catholic) religious-ed students that are from public schools to play on their sports teams? I was surprised when that practice came to light a few years back locally.
    In our situation it is like Jess said. Those in religious ed classes cannot play on the local Catholic School's team. Really, the teams are saturated anyway because the school has a 'No exclusions" policy, which means anyone who wants to play from the school makes the team. (Interesting debate in and of itself )
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    Our religious ed classes are separate from the local Catholic schools. My church was in my town and I went to CCD there. The Catholic school kids still had to come to CCD in order to be confirmed. The local Catholic high schools were in other towns and not mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Our religious ed classes are separate from the local Catholic schools. My church was in my town and I went to CCD there. The Catholic school kids still had to come to CCD in order to be confirmed. The local Catholic high schools were in other towns and not mine.
    Really? the Catholic school kids still had to go to CCD? I've never heard of that before. Both the Catholic School I went to and the two Catholic schools my kids have gone to didn't require ccd.

    I can't even imagine what you would need to go for...odd. I suppose if they never spent anytime addressing the sacraments in school, but i can't imagine why they would do that.
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    Actually now that i think about it, there was separate prep fro confirmation...but that was because it was in high school and most kids didn't go to any religious ed there...AND the Catholic high school that i went to was not affiliated with a parish. So confrimation was separate yes, but communion and reconciliation you definitely didn't need to go to ccd for as a catholic school student

    See where i am now, the kids make confirmation, communion and reconciliation all in second grade so its a little different.

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