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.
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.