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 ( 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).

Homeschooled students who take a total of no more than 1 class at a public school, a private school, or a charter school are eligible to participate in NCHEAC sports.  Homeschooled students taking classes through the North Carolina Virtual Public School (also called North Carolina Virtual) are eligible to participate in NCHEAC sports IF the family can show they have paid the tuition.  Homeschooled students taking classes through the North Carolina Community College System dual enrollment opportunity (also called College and Career Promise) are eligible to participate in NCHEAC sports.

Students participating in Middle College/Early College, North Carolina Connections Academy, or North Carolina Virtual Academy or other public school entities are NOT eligible to participate in NCHEAC sports. For more information and guidelines, see the “Definition of a Homeschool Athlete” section of the NCHEAC Handbook:




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Athletic Commissioner Dale Brown

Dale Brown has served with the NCHE Athletic Commission since 2007. He and his wife Angela live in Northern Orange County and have been homeschooling since 1993. Dale 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, golf, cross country and swimming. He is a strong proponent of homeschoolers obtaining scholarships to continue their athletics in college as well.