On March 11, 2015, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), the organization that determines eligibility of homeschool students to participate in sports in public and private schools, amended its bylaws to slightly improve the requirements, the HSLDA reports.
Formerly, only students being homeschooled through the local education agency (LEA) were permitted to participate, and these students were prohibited from also being enrolled in another homeschool program through a church-related school. In other words, the previous bylaws prohibited any type of dual enrollment by a homeschool student desiring to participate in extracurricular sports.
By virtue of the recent amendments, the bylaws continue to require that students be homeschooled through the LEA but also permit a student to be enrolled in a church-related school at the same time. Students whose parents make this election must comply with state law for both homeschool options.