Kingsport’s Times News covered Tuesday’s forum hosted by the bill’s sponsors Representatives Timothy Hill and Roger Kane, along with the Sullivan County school administrators.
Local homeschoolers ready to dive into sports
By Rick Wagner
Homeschooled students must file an intent to try out for sports by Aug. 1, with no guarantee of making the team or program. Sullivan County forms will be available at www.sullivank12.net and were passed out at the meeting.
“I’ve been swimming every year since I was 7,” Carly said after a “homeschoolers town hall” in the old Sullivan County Courthouse. Fresh from a swim, the rising junior from Blountville shivered in the air-conditioned meeting room.
The Bristol Herald Courier also posted an interview with the Blountville 16-year-old planning to try out for next school year’s public school swim team now that Tennessee’s “Tebow Bill” passed this spring. In the past, despite her parents’ petition to the board, Carly Williams had been denied participation in the Sullivan County School System sports programs.
Yennie says Sullivan Co. will do everything possible to comply with new home-school law By James Shea
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association will govern the majority of the regulations surrounding home-school students participating in sports. The students must register with the school district by Aug. 1, and TSSAA will determine each home-school student’s eligibility.
Kane said the new law still has some gray areas that need to be addressed. It is unclear if cheerleading is covered under the law and some sports, like swimming, are not regulated by TSSAA.
Gray areas often cause more codification of current regulations. Sometimes that’s a good affair, sometimes it’s not. When activities aren’t regulated, they can’t be as easily restricted by various interests.
More about the new Tennessee sports bill history here