In Alabama, coaches are complaining about the proposal to allow homeschooled kids to play organized sports. One coach feels it would injure the cohesiveness of his team and make the players less effective. Meanwhile, competition officials in Arizona, use the opposite argument to prohibit homeschooled kids from participating, but this time in chess.
East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Arizona, 8 April 2007, Home-schooled chess team banned from tournament
Arizona Chess Federation secretary Myron Lieberman said the December ruling was established to create boundaries for home-schooled chess teams in proportion to those of public schools.
“They have to have some kind of boundaries,” Lieberman said. “It avoids buying and selling of players like a sports team.”
Chess in Arizona has nothing to do with football in Alabama. Still, it is disconcerting to find two competition issues with the common denominator being the exclusion of homeschooled kids.
posted by Valerie