FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A bill allowing home-school students to play against Kentucky High School Athletics Association member schools passed the House on Friday.
Trying to find a way the home-school community could participate in extra-curricular activities like sports is an issue that has been talked about for several years, said bill sponsor Rep. John “Bam” Carey, R-Campbellsville.
He told the House lawmakers it would allow home-school students to participate as a team or individual in KHSAA-sanctioned events even after eighth grade. Currently, up through middle school, home-school teams can play other middle school teams, but the statute does not allow it after a student reaches ninth grade.
“We have a lot of cooperatives across the state who are going to Tennessee or Indiana, since they can’t find games in Kentucky,” Carney said.
However, home-school teams or individuals could not play in a sanctioned tournament or championship.
Rep. Steve Riley, R-Glasgow, a former member of the KHSAA Board of Control, stood in support of the measure.
“I thank the KHSAA and Commissioner Julian Tackett, who worked very closely with us on the issue. They realize it is time to allow home-schooler to play in a cooperative against teams that are members of the KHSAA.”
He also said it could help some small schools that are having a hard time scheduling games in which they could be competitive.
“This is a compromise between the Kentucky High School Athletics Association and home-schools, that I think has a chance to benefit everybody.
The House approved the bill, 76-7, and now heads to the Senate.
A 2017 bill that would have allowed home-school students to play varsity sports at public high schools passed the House but failed in the Senate.