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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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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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.
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."
I don't understand this argument. My kids are subjected to my decisions all the time. That's true for everyone.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?
School is school not CPS.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."
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.
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"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.