Sports: Athletic Commission (NCHEAC)
It is a goal of NCHE to provide homeschool athletes with the opportunity to participate on a high school level team similar to what they could experience if in a private or public school. To that end, we established North Carolinians for Home Education Athletic Commission (NCHEAC). NCHEAC operates under NCHE to provide leagues and tournaments in the traditional high school sports.
Our homeschool teams consist of only homeschooled athletes and are primarily coached by homeschool parents, many of whom have high school and/or college experience. We follow the rules of the National Federation of State High Schools Association (www.nfhs.org) and have a level of competitiveness found on many school teams while preserving a high level sportsmanship . We have a level of competition which exceeds recreational sports but does not place undue travel demands on families involved with “travel ball” teams.
To be eligible to participate in an NCHEAC team or sport, students must be in compliance with North Carolina homeschooling law which defines a homeschool as “a nonpublic school consisting of the children of not more than two families or households, where the parents or legal guardians or members of either household determine the scope and sequence of academic instruction, provide academic instruction and determine additional sources of academic instruction” (quoted from the NC DNPE website). Students who are receiving some of their education via dual enrollment in the NC Community College system or NC Virtual School are eligible, upon review. Education provided by public schools, the NC Connections Academy, the NC On-Line Academy or any other public entity that provides instruction without the payment of tuition, disqualifies students from participation in NCHEAC sports.
Athletic Commissioner Ernie Hodges
Ernie Hodges and his wife, Iris, served on the NCHE board for twenty years and homeschooled their three children from birth through their college days and are now actively teaching life skills to their five grandchildren. Ernie is the state commissioner for the NCHE Athletic Commission and administrates the North Carolina Homeschool Leagues and post season tournaments in baseball, boys/girls basketball, boys/girls soccer, volleyball, girls, golf, cross country and swimming. He is a strong proponent of homeschoolers obtaining scholarships to continue their athletics in college as well.