Parents and Coach Support Proposed Tebow Bill

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A bill that would allow home-schooled kids to play in high school sports will be brought back to the General Assembly this year.

Svetlana Doughty wants her kids to play sports.

“I think my kids should have the opportunity to try out and see where they are," said Doughty.

She said her kids have been playing sports since they were young.

"Sports is a big part of their life and we can play sports up until they are in middle school and then JV comes and we have to say goodbye or switch to the sport that's not in high school that is a club, like wrestling, swimming and so forth."

Delegate Rob Bell's bill would allow home-schooled students to participate in high school sports and extracurricular activities, as long as it is at the local high school and they have good grades.

If passed, communities would have to decide to allow it or not and Svetlana Doughty's husband John Doughty said it is fair.

"You know we pay taxes. We are the ones that are paying the taxes here in the county and the state and the federal so it's not a question of competition, we are paying for those slots in the sports team," said John Doughty.

Chris Dodson, a Spotswood High School coach, said he's not opposed to the idea.

“As long as the kids live in your direct area and the high school league is mandating things for them, I think you would treat them like any other kid," said Dodson.

Dodson did worry about possible complaints from parents.

“There's a lot of controversy at the end of tryouts now, so when you can a few more kids into that, with the whole living situation, it would be one more thing for people to complain about.”


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