For some sports, public school teams may indeed be the best route to college scholarships, national and world-level competition, or a professional career. While more and more states are passing Tim Tebow laws that allow homeschoolers to play on public school teams, that's still not an option for many homeschoolers. I know families where highly-motivated athletes decided to enroll in public school mainly for the chance to pursue their goals on the playing field.
However, there are many other ways homeschoolers can participate in competitive sports. And like Tim Tebow, it sometimes takes them far -- to college, athletic scholarships, and the Olympics. My article on Competitive Sports for Homeschoolers explains some of the ins and outs for the serious athlete.
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