The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has formed a study group to discuss homeschool participation in interscholastic sports. The study group will hold a series of meetings open to the public. Parents and students who are interested in sports access are welcome to comment. Each meeting will convene at 10 a.m. at 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville, Virginia, and have been scheduled as follows:

Thursday, September 6
Monday, September 17
Monday, October 1

Because of heated debates during the 2012 General Assembly session and the likely introduction of a similar sports access bill by Delegate Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) in 2013, the VSBA president “recognizes that various stakeholders could benefit from a discussion of the issues and concerns related to homeschooled students participating in athletics. Such issues include, but are not limited to, residency, insurance, and pay-for-play requirements. The ultimate concern is a loss of local control by school boards.” [VSBA emphasis.]


Other participants will include the Virginia High School League (VHSL), the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS), and the Virginia Parent Teacher Association (VAPTA).

If you have any questions, please contact Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of government affairs at