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    Do most towns/areas have sports leagues outside of school? I know ours does, but I don't know if those are everywhere. Then the kids don't need the school teams OR separate teams, they can just join up with everybody else when the season for their sport comes around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Do most towns/areas have sports leagues outside of school? I know ours does, but I don't know if those are everywhere. Then the kids don't need the school teams OR separate teams, they can just join up with everybody else when the season for their sport comes around.
    All sports leagues outside of school are over in middle school when school sponsored athletics start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    All sports leagues outside of school are over in middle school when school sponsored athletics start.
    Same here. Once they get to the age they can play sports at school the youth leagues stop, unless it is a sport the school doesn't have. For instance my son played in a Roller Hockey League even in high school because the schools don't have hockey here. There are a few exceptions like the YMCA here still has volleyball teams for high school girls. So it kind of depends on the sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Do most towns/areas have sports leagues outside of school? I know ours does, but I don't know if those are everywhere. Then the kids don't need the school teams OR separate teams, they can just join up with everybody else when the season for their sport comes around.
    Our town, without having to travel anywhere else, has a few options.
    They have a rec soccer program in the fall. It is in bad shape because the guy who used to run it left, since then its been disorganized
    They have a rec basketball program and a travel basketball program. Both sometime during the late fall/winter
    They have little league in the spring, as well as farm league and t-ball for the younger kids

    Thats about it. If you want to play soccer in the spring you can't and other various things like that...so someone like the subject of the article would have a hard time fulfilling their sports ambitions i guess.

    You can travel outside of this town, within reasonable distance and there are all sorts of sports options opened up to you. Soccer in the spring and fall....baseball leagues that span from spring through fall...hockey..tons of travel basketball leagues. As long as you aren't insistent on staying in the town borders, you have lots of options available to you that are not school associated.

    Edited to add, this programs in both our town and in the larger area offer stuff for both the littlest of kids (age 3 or 4) all the way up through high school
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    All sports leagues outside of school are over in middle school when school sponsored athletics start.
    We don't have school sponsored athletics in all the middle schools in the valley. The community has various leagues for soccer up through 17 and a league for adults. Not entirely sure on football and baseball. Students who are serious don't just play on the high school sponsored teams.

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    Here, and I'm not 100% sure, a homeschooled kid or private school kid can play on the 'regular' school sports teams. A percentage of our city tax goes to support either the public or separate (Catholic) school board, and at census time we have to declare one or the other. There is no option for homeschooling or private schools. So if my kid goes to private school and I've declared my support to the public school board for tax purposes then I think my kid would get to play on public school teams since I'm supporting the board financially. Yeah, that's what I think.

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    I am sure all States are different in their rules about this. In the States I am familiar with, NY, TN, and GA, private schooled students and homeschoolers are entitled to all services that Public school students are. This is so much more than just sports. I do not know any homeschoolers that play on public school sports teams, but several that go to the public school for Speech therapy. I also know private school students that go to the public school for Speech. That is just how it is done. You pay taxes for that service and it is done through the public school weather or not you go to the public school.

    When DH went to a small private school, it worked the same. Private or homeschoolers children were entitled to services (sports or otherwise) at the local school you paid taxes at.

    Something to keep in mind. Children are not the ones who decide where they go to school. Should a child not be allowed to use the library,therapist, and teams for which they pay for?

    Also, while there are many wonderful homeschoolers out there. However, there are some who are not. I think it is great to get those children out among mandatory reporters. Not jest saying "Well that child's parents don't send them to public school so we don't care about them and they can't be a part of society."

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    Something to keep in mind. Children are not the ones who decide where they go to school. Should a child not be allowed to use the library,therapist, and teams for which they pay for?
    I don't understand this argument. My kids are subjected to my decisions all the time. That's true for everyone.

    Also, while there are many wonderful homeschoolers out there. However, there are some who are not. I think it is great to get those children out among mandatory reporters. Not jest saying "Well that child's parents don't send them to public school so we don't care about them and they can't be a part of society."
    School is school not CPS.

    And this notion that they can't play sports means we think they shouldn't be part of society is a bit extreme and dramatic. In fact i said i would subject my own daughter to the same rules i would homeschoolers in this regard. I certainly don't view my daughter as an outcast of society.

    It is interesting though to see how different states do things. In NY my kids received school bus transportation to their private school. And i did too growing up. But here in Maine they don't offer it. Boy it would be useful for us....but I could never imagine attempting to mandate it in anyway.

    Also, something like speech therapy, or physical therapy i see as a very different situation. One could easily argue this is a more vital service for a child to receive and one that is pretty much impossible for a parent to provide themselves unless they are actually a speech therapist or physical therapist. I don't see how this is comparable to a non-vital sports team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I don't understand this argument. My kids are subjected to my decisions all the time. That's true for everyone.



    School is school not CPS.

    And this notion that they can't play sports means we think they shouldn't be part of society is a bit extreme and dramatic. In fact i said i would subject my own daughter to the same rules i would homeschoolers in this regard. I certainly don't view my daughter as an outcast of society.

    It is interesting though to see how different states do things. In NY my kids received school bus transportation to their private school. And i did too growing up. But here in Maine they don't offer it. Boy it would be useful for us....but I could never imagine attempting to mandate it in anyway.

    Also, something like speech therapy, or physical therapy i see as a very different situation. One could easily argue this is a more vital service for a child to receive and one that is pretty much impossible for a parent to provide themselves unless they are actually a speech therapist or physical therapist. I don't see how this is comparable to a non-vital sports team.
    What I meant is you are punishing a child for their parents decisions.

    I do think therapy is more important than sports, but if you rule private schooled or homeschoolers do not need public school services that means a lot more than just sports. I know often times those other services have to be really fought for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    What I meant is you are punishing a child for their parents decisions.
    What? No...if the child is being punished...the parent is punishing them with their own decisions not the school. You cannot make the school system responsible for the fact that the parent wants to home school. If someone decides homeschooling is important enough....the fact that the child has to forgo certain things is not THE SCHOOL punishing anyone.


    I do think therapy is more important than sports, but if you rule private schooled or homeschoolers do not need public school services that means a lot more than just sports. I know often times those other services have to be really fought for.
    My original question was "should a home schooled child be allowed to play on sports teams"

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