North Carolina’s Star News Proposed bill would allow homeschooled kids to play HS sports
By Powell Latimer
Currently, the bill would make home-schooled students eligible to play sports for their local high school or middle school – but only in counties with fewer than 200,000 people. That currently includes all by 10 counties in North Carolina. New Hanover County has more than 200,000 people, but Brunswick, Pender, Duplin, Bladen and Columbus Counties would all fall into that category.
The reason for that distinction could be a lack of club opportunities in North Carolina’s more rural counties. Where a home schooled student in Wake County or even New Hanover County has a wide variety of club sports to play, outlying and smaller counties don’t have the same resources.
The bill currently has four sponsors, has been introduced in the past with opposition by the usual – the state-wide high school association overseeing sports and extra-curriculars (NCHSAA).