1. REGULAR SEASON
(a.) Any games played with players from families who are not eventually found cleared by NCHEAC will be considered to be have been played with ineligible players and the team will be credited with a forfeit loss. Teams that forfeit any required regular season games/matches are not eligible for NCHEAC post-season play unless they receive an exception by NCHEAC.
Note: Only one player in a program can be moved to another team within the program by the “new player deadline” of that season. NCHEAC must be notified of the one player being moved.
(b.) No athlete may leave one homeschool team to play on another homeschool team without the permission of the NCHEAC Board, whose decisions are final.
A team is defined as all age eligible players from middle school through high school. If the player does not appeal to NCHEAC or the appeal is denied, the athlete must either stay on their team or sit out one year. This rule applies to both non-conference homeschool teams from non-NCHEAC programs or participating on a NCHEAC team’s non-NCHEAC roster.
This rule shall preclude the athlete from re-entering the league until they have not participated on any homeschool team in their sport for a period of one (1) year. NCHEAC teams that use an ineligible player as above will be ineligible from the league for 12 months.
After sitting out one year, the athlete may play for any homeschool team.
An athlete is considered committed to a team once their name is submitted on a roster to NCHEAC with the team/sport. If a player is cut from the team during try-outs, they are automatically released. If the team or program announces that there will not be a team (or fails to submit a minimum number of players on the roster) then players are released, unless NCHEAC reviews the situation and determines the program failed due to players refusing to play. In the event a NCHEAC team or program folds, NCHEAC reserves the right to review the situation before players are released to other teams. Players on a team in a program are committed to the team and must receive a NCHEAC approved release to move to another team (including an older team) with another program. All appeal requests must be received at least 14 days before the initial roster deadline of a sport.
Releases will only be given based on time and distance due to a family or program moving; or a hardship based on time or distance as determined by NCHEAC (See tab "Release Procedure"). Teams that cut players during the season will not be able to give a release which allows a player to transfer to another program.
(c.) Non-conference Rule
1. A NCHEAC athlete may not leave their team and play for another homeschool team in the same sport for a period of 12 months, unless given a release from their team by NCHEAC. This rule applies to both non-conference homeschool teams or participating on a NCHEAC team’s non-NCHEAC roster. This rule shall preclude the athlete from re-entering the league until they have not participated on any homeschool team in their sport for a period of one (1) year.
2. Teams are strongly discouraged from playing non-conference teams that use players who played in the conference and then joined the non-conference team without sitting out a year (violation of the Non-Recruit/Non-Transfer Rule (NRNT)). Definition of a homeschool team for the purpose of the Non-Recruit Rule and sanctioning: A non-conference homeschool team is a team with at least one homeschooler that is not a private or a public school team or is a team which participates in a homeschool tournament.
3. NCHEAC teams that use an ineligible player as above will be ineligible for 12 months. (Clarification: This applies to non-NCHEAC teams entering or re-entering the league).
(d.) Exception to NRNT Rule for programs who lost their boys or girls program due to illegal recruiting.
In situations where a league program has been without a team for 1 or more seasons due to a non-conference team taking players from their team, they may return to the league under the following provisions:
1. They must not have any players on their roster who have previously been in violation of the Non-Recruit/Non-Transfer rule for 1 season.
2. They may play league teams and the league teams are required to play them according to the rules in effect for the current season, but are not eligible for the regional tournament or state tournament during their first season.
3. Starting in the second season, they are eligible to play in post season NCHEAC tournaments and they may have on their roster any players who previously left and returned or who came from other teams and have now sat out one year of participating on a homeschool team.
(e.) Anti–Recruitment Rule
Coaches, tutors, athletic program administrative personnel or other persons known to be associated with the homeschool athletic program (parents or people acting on their behalf), may not initiate contact with a student athlete who played on another NCHEAC member team in their sport in the previous 12 months to encourage him or her to play or practice with their team. Once a parent of the athlete or student-athlete has made the initial contact with the homeschool athletic program’s coach or administrative personnel, then coaches or other representatives of the homeschool athletic program (here after referred to as the “the program”) may approach the student about the program, provided they have not been on the roster, in their sport, of another NCHEAC Program during the current or previous school year.
The following are examples of inappropriate student contact:
a.) Coaches, tutors, athletic program administrative personnel or other persons known to be associated with the homeschool athletic program (parents or people acting on their behalf), approaching any student athlete before, during or after any athletic contest for the purpose of interesting that student in their program.
b.) Coaches or athletic program administrative personnel talking with a student-athlete from another NCHEAC Member Team about switching from another program to their team. If such contact is initiated by the athlete or athlete’s parent (or other representative), it is the responsibility of the athletic program’s personnel to refer them to the NCHEAC Non-Transfer Rule or to NCHEAC via the website or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
c.) Coaches found to be engaged in encouraging league players to leave their team will be suspended 1 (ONE) YEAR. A second offense will result in a 3 (THREE) YEAR SUSPENSION.
(f.) Penalty for using ineligible players in league or tournament games:
If an ineligible player is discovered to have played in a league or tournament game, then the team guilty of this infraction will forfeit the game. (See tab "Tournament Regulations" ).
(g.) For a team to be eligible to play in NCHEAC leagues, the roster must be comprised of all homeschooled athletes, with at least 50% being North Carolina homeschool students. All league games must be played in North Carolina unless agreeable to be played elsewhere by the teams involved.
(h.) All homeschool programs must confirm the birth date and gender of each athlete on the roster by government document (birth certificate, driver’s license, etc.) and indicate this on the roster form. The actual government document or copy does not have to be forwarded to NCHEAC but must be available for review in the case of a dispute. Player name spellings and birthdates must be confirmed by birth certificate and communicated to NCHEAC in the order the names occur on the document.
(i.) Dual eligibility is only for the first 2 years a program initially offers a sport (or NCHEAC has multiple divisions in the tournament, See below for Dual Eligibility).
The one exception is medical emergencies and must be approved by NCHEAC. If a player from an older division is involved, then all coaches in the division must agree on the player.
Note: This approval for a medical emergency only applies until the injured player returns and only for the regular season. The player is not allowed to play in the tournament.
(j.) Regular season games against teams in another NCHEAC conference are considered non-conference games and are restricted to the conference roster submitted to NCHEAC.
(k). A new Non-Recruit form must be signed and NCHEAC notified when an athlete is cut from one program and goes to another program.
(l). Players are not committed to a team until they are submitted on a roster.
2.TOURNAMENT ROSTERS (For ONLY those sports without a regular season)
If an athlete wants to switch teams from the prior year’s tournament team to a different team for the current year’s tournament, the athlete still must contact the state director at email@example.com for release approval from NCHEAC. NR/NT rules still apply.
** DUAL ELIGIBILITY **
Dual Eligibility (For new programs getting started – allowing them to use for the first two years in NCHEAC or for established teams the first 2 years NCHEAC offers multiple divisions in a sport (whether a tournament or a league).
What is Dual Eligibility?
Dual eligibility is a term used to describe a situation in which a player can be on the roster of two teams within a program. This situation comes about as the result of a lack of sufficient players to field a full complement of teams, which would be:
* Middle School * Junior Varsity * Varsity
How does it work?
As an example, a team might have plenty of JV players but only have 5 players on the Varsity team. Using dual eligibility, two of the JV players could be on the Varsity roster, giving the Varsity 7 players, which would allow the fielding of a Varsity team. These two players would also be allowed to play on the JV team. The Committee feels that 7 players (for basketball ) or 8 (players for volleyball) are a sufficient number of players to field an effective team.
Please note that the age requirements for each division remain in force and it is not permissible to play players 'down'. That is to say, it is not permitted to play a Varsity player down on the JV team if he or she does not meet the age requirements for JV.
** What is it for?
The Dual Eligibility program is being retained for the express purpose of allowing homeschool programs to be able to field teams. The Committee fully recognizes the difficulties and uncertainties inherent in Homeschool sports. It is hoped and anticipated that as the years pass and programs become moreestablished, that the need for this exemption will fade.
** What is it not for?
One of the realities of homeschool sports is that many players play at a level above what would normally be expected. For example, it is not uncommon to find JV age players playing on, and even starting on, a Varsity team. The Committee wishes to make clear that these are not the kind of players that should be considered for dual eligibility. Instead, dually eligible players should be players who are basically JV level players who can fill in on the Varsity team to provide relief for the Varsity players. The Committee will scrutinize all requests carefully to ensure that no players who are fully capable of playing Varsity will be playing in JV games. The purpose of dual eligibility is to be able to field teams, not cause a competitive imbalance. These same guidelines apply to players who are dually eligible on Middle School and JV teams.
How many dually eligible players are allowed?
Each program is allowed 2 dually eligible players (3 in sports with 9 or more positions) shared between 2 or 3 age divisions (middle school, junior varsity or varsity). No individual player may play in more than 2 divisions.
What is the process for making players dually eligible?
All requests for making players dually eligible must come through and be approved by the NCHE Athletic Commission. Please submit all requests to the director at firstname.lastname@example.org .