Homeschool MSHSAA Rules
Excerpts from MSHSAA By-Laws 1.1 and 3.5:
1.1 COMPETITION BY MEMBER SCHOOLS
1.1.1 Allowable Competition for Members: No member school of this Association may compete in interscholastic activities with any other school, or against any other team, that is not one of the following:
a. A member school of this Association [Art. III, Sections 1, 2]
b. An out-of-state school which is a member of a state athletic or activities association which is a full or affiliate member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
c. An out-of-state school which is approved for competition against the member schools of a state athletic or activities association which is a full or affiliate member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
d. An Affiliate Registered School of this Association [Art. III, Section 6]
e. A student team of a home-school association that meets the following criteria:
1. The home-school association is registered with the MSHSAA office for the applicable sport or activity.
2. All participants are students attending a home-school as defined in Section 167.031.2(1) & (2) of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
3. All participants have been home-schooled for at least the 365 consecutive days immediately preceding the competition.
4. Home-schooled students taking more than two credit-bearing classes at a public or private school are not eligible to compete for a home-school association team in competitions against a MSHSAA member school.
5. All participants have been confirmed as eligible by the home-school association on an eligibility roster that includes full name, date of birth and home address of participants provided in advance of the contest to MSHSAA member school opponents.
6. All participants in athletics shall meet the age requirements of By-Law 3.5.
7. All participants in activities are of junior high or high school rank, corresponding to the MSHSAA membership level of MSHSAA member school opponents.
8. No further adherence to the MSHSAA Constitution or By-Laws is required; however, a MSHSAA member school may impose additional stipulations prior to voluntary competition against such teams.
9. Home-school association teams are not eligible for participation in the MSHSAA district and state series.
3.5.1 Age - Senior High: A student shall not have reached the age of 19 prior to July 1 preceding the opening of school. If a student reaches the age of 19 on or following July 1, the student may be considered eligible for the upcoming school year.
3.5.2 Age - Junior High: To be eligible for junior high school competition against teams all in a particular grade classification, the student shall not have reached the following ages prior to July 1 preceding the opening of school: Grade Seven -- 14, Grade Eight -- 15, or Grade Nine -- 16. If a student does not meet the age standard for a particular grade classification, that student may compete on a school team of a higher grade classification, within that school or school district where the residence requirement is met. Students in the 7th and 8th grade shall not compete with or against students in grade 10 or above except in cases where they attain the age of 15 prior to July 1 preceding the opening of school and their school does not sponsor a separate 9th grade team in the sport concerned, or where they attain the age of 16 years prior to July 1 preceding the opening of school.
HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION REGISTERED TEAMS DO NOT HAVE MSHSAA CATASTROPHIC INSURANCE COVERAGE.