Some great games were played this past weekend! And several of them helped shake up the rankings.
We are confidant that progress is happening in every team whether the statistics properly reflect it for everyone.... well that is never the full story.
But for all of the boys of Autumn, and the families and leaders who've invested so much in them, we present to you the newest revision of the rankings.
To all the teams who moved up; DON'T STOP! And to all the teams who had a setback, EVERY champion has had many setbacks! The thing that made them better was that they didn't stop trying!
Please insert a simple word in each athlete's Maxpreps profile notes, to reflect his educational status. More info on this step is available here: http://goo.gl/PfJrfM
- Homeschool umbrella programs which rely on home-based studies for 3 or more school days per week, will continue to be regarded as a home education even though the umbrella has a name which sounds like a school. (i.e. Christian Life Academy, Lighthouse Christian Academy, etc.)
The sound of coaches' whistles and grunts of linemen now fills the air. Fall practices have begun. For the homeschool athlete, several new options are available in many areas of the nation. More and more states are making legislative and regulatory reforms for the sake of the home-educating family.
Many state legislators are spending millions of public education dollars in an attempt to win back the confidence of the millions who have turned to home-based education. Still other public institutions are delivering institutional resources to the homeschooling families who have made a strong argument that the money ought to follow the students, regardless of the family's disdain for the government schools' sad legacy.
Among the increased local, state, & federal resources are:
Homeschool Sports Organizations are continuing their legacy of development and "over-achievement". When a handful of volunteer dads and moms can coach a scattered bunch of kids to a level of parity & competitiveness with the large athletic departments of the public schools, they expose an embarrassing reality that institutional bureaucracy and employee indifference can stymy the development of the institutionalized child.
Too often we hear scurrilous unfounded rumors from public & private school leadership which seeks to discredit the homeschool team. It is clearly devised to cover up for the wounded pride and career insecurity of the team that just got it handed to them from some start-up homeschoolers.
The homeschool football nation has become strong and established over these past 10 years. In 2004 there were just a handful of homeschool football programs in America. Today we have information on 130 teams which have plans to field a team this year. Masses of additional programs are now opening their roster up to home-educated athletes. Entire state oversight bodies are now amending their charters to add accommodations to the benefit of homeschool football athletes. Countless division 1 & Division 2 NCAA teams have former homeschool athletes on their rosters. It wasn't that long ago that the NCAA treated home-educated athletes as high school drop-outs.
Texas alone has 31 homeschool football teams. Their signature variant of 6-man football has been dominated by homeschool teams. But whereas 2 years ago there was just 1 eleven-man homeschool team in Texas, this year there will be 8 eleven-man homeschool organizations.
Missouri added 2 more eleven-man teams. Michigan will probably have around 10 teams, as will Georgia. The Great Lakes states continue steady development. The East Coast and Southeast are very populated with homeschool football. The Delta region has an established homeschool conference. California has a solid 8-man league. There is talk in the South Central region of developing a 2-division conference ( more on that, later.)
Part Two will be published a few days after this address...
The NHFCS is committed to helping coaches and families establish National team and player eligibility and accountability. It is important to make the process simple and fair, without a lot of paperwork. So we're simply including it in the process of listing the team roster on Maxpreps (our partner in national rankings tabulating).
In the past, there has not been a clear process of determining that a team is primarily comprised of home-educated student-athletes. Perhaps some players and teams have not been sufficiently vetted and some unwarranted inclusion has happened.
But worse than that; some good teams have been the victim of scurrilous 'whisper campaigns' to denigrate their reputations. Sometimes the whispers are spread by people who really do believe there is merit to their claims. But a process needs to be followed in substantiating the facts and some regional and national oversight is needed for the sake of the growing homeschool sports organizations and networks.
Self-reporting your roster in the preseason is now expected of all the homeschool teams in the NHFCS national rankings service. This can be completed by the statistician or coach in less than 30 minutes and it will be viewable for all fans, opposing teams, college scouts, and homeschool oversight organizations. It protects family privacy and confirms team homeschool ratios.
When the coach or statistician logs into the "coach access" section of MaxPreps, he will find the place to post the current year's team rosters. As each athlete's info is entered or updated, simply add a note in the 'Notes' box.
If the athlete receives a majority of his education in the home setting (including co-op & umbrella classes) then he should have a note saying : Homeschooled 2014-15.
If he is enrolled in an educational institution for most of the week (private or public) then the name of the institution should be posted (i.e. Jefferson High School 2014-15, Westminster Hall 2014-15, St. Thomas Academy 2014-15, etc). See illustration A.
When each athlete's information is updated, there will appear a new box on the athlete's MaxPreps page. It will say "Bio". This box will state the information that was posted in the notes section of the roster update. See illustration B.
Maxpreps follows your athlete's accomplishments throughout their 4 high school years and for each of their sports teams. This page is designed to become a complete "package" for college scouts to gain a full appreciation for the student athlete's development and talents. Highlight films and photos can be uploaded so that families can simply email the link to any coach whom they'd like to receive consideration from.
The reporting process is complete and the team's factual information becomes verifiable. This will help the team gain opportunities to play better opponents and opens the door to broad acceptance withing the prep sports organizations within the state. Often, public school coaches have been leary of playing homeschool teams because the felt it was not fair if both teams didn't have the same standards of establishing eligibility.
Reposted from November 2013
Question from a coach: What are the determining factors when deciding weather a team qualifies as a homeschool team? We are 90% homeschool athletes with the rest being athletes who attend schools that do not offer football.
The reason I am asking is there is a program I am aware of that is allowing players who are ineligible at the school they attend, which offers football, and they might be using 5th year players that have already used all their eligibility at other programs? Since there are no governing bodies to oversee this is this OK or are there standards to comply with?
Answer: Hi, Coach. congrats on the great season!
We have a short version of an answer at: http://www.nhfcs.org/teams.html
This has been a difficult issue for us, this year. But we are doing our best to make the responsible decisions and yet be nice about it. We don't want to become so overburdened with requiring forms and documents, so to some degree we rely upon peer observation and responsible reporting. We've had more phone calls from coaches this 2 past months, than the rest of our 4 year history, so.. yeah; you're in you're rights to ask the questions.
What to do: When you review our policy statements, you'll notice that we are open to combined teams representing a joint effort of 2 or more institutions to provide a football opportunity. But we are not tolerant of players who are not eligible to bear the title of 'high school athlete'.
If a legitimate hardship exists, a homeschool sports organization is morally required to inform all opponents. And they would be wise to inform the NHFCS. If you're unsure how controversial your team's athletic status might be, ask yourselves; "Would the public schools oversight league of my state approve the eligibility of our roster?". If they would have an objection to one or more of your team's athletes, then your team leadership would be wise to address the issue with your homeschool opponent's coach in the preseason. When the issue gets discovered in mid-season or postseason, you're going to face a natural prejudice in the eyes of teams who compete against your team. It has the appearance that you were hiding something.
What not to do: Having said this, one very dishonorable behavior for opponents to enjoin is to spread innuendo and rumor without directly presenting a formal inquiry. Any team who's had some success has been the victim of scurrilous defamation from jealous losers. Coaches need to publicly put a stop to such talk within their organizations. And they certainly should not be the one's spreading unsubstantiated claims, Sadly, all of us have said things we regret, but the student athletes will think higher of an openly repentant adult than one who refuses to own up to his reckless assertions.
What NHFCS can do: The NHFCS was formed by a group of former coaches. None of us are serving currently on any varsity team. We will make determinations which we believe are in the best interests of homeschool football, and fair to each athlete and team. The best assistance we can ask for is full reporting of competitive results, posting accurate schedules and rosters, and honest disclosure of extenuating circumstances.
You will get much better results if you can communicate directly with other homeschool teams on your schedule, first. If there is broad agreement from your opponents, the case will be strengthened. But we've removed teams from our rankings when we were compelled to. Yet we promoted those teams as a viable opportunity to homeschoolers who have no other team available. Each preseason we relist all known homeschool teams, but we remove teams as we learn of eligibility inconsistencies.
The NHFCS Team
The NHFCS was founded by former homeschool coaches who decided to address the need for a national information and comparison entity.