AAU Sports Getting Your Homeschooled Kids On A Team
July 31, 2023 Adrienne Brown 0 Comments
AAU sports Getting your kids in is easier than you know. Are you a homeschool parent of an aspiring athlete? Do you want to make their dreams come true but don’t know where to start?
Let me encourage you that it is possible for a homeschooling parent to help start a serious sports team. Oh, and the homeschool team that you start can participate in AAU-sanctioned sports.
With AAU-sanctioned sports, your kids can have the opportunity to participate in higher-level organized leagues.
You don’t need to be unsure of how to get your kids onto teams. We will break down everything you need to know for getting started playing AAU sports.
Explore AAU-sanctioned sports that are available for homeschooled students
For homeschooled kids, participating in sports is a great way to stay active and socialize. Luckily, there are many AAU-sanctioned sports available to homeschool students.
Not only can students get shine in their favorite sport, but they can also compete against other schools.
This will also give them the potential to earn scholarships for college.
So whether your homeschooled students play soccer or basketball there are a range of sports options.
Dedicated programs and organizations make this the best time ever for homeschooled kids to engage in athletics.
Learn the organizations and regulations required to become a homeschool team
If you’re a parent of homeschooled kids and there isn’t a homeschool team in your area consider forming one.
When we moved to a rural area, we had all sons and they wanted to play sports.
But we couldn’t find any local teams, so we helped start an AAU basketball team for our area.
However, there are several organizational and regulatory requirements you will need to research. Find out if your state will allow your homeschool team to compete against public or private schools.
Additionally, discover what the AAU eligibility requirements are for homeschooled athletes.
Creating a homeschool team can be a rewarding experience, but it’s essential to do your due diligence.
As an AAU team applicant, you need to ensure you’re following all necessary guidelines.
Start your own sports team and recruit other families to join
If you do not have a team near you, and you have done your research now invite other homeschooling families to join you.
Whether it’s football, soccer, or basketball you are sure to find other homeschooling families waiting for you to start a team.
Plus, the more families that join, the more input and resources you’ll have at your disposal. As a newly formed homeschool team, you will need to make important decisions about the team.
Like if there will be a charge or an age limit, or will you have co-ed teams and various other important decisions.
So, get out there and spread the word about your new team. You can use your current relationships, and social media groups to tell others.
Talk to other homeschooling families in your church inviting them to join your new sports team.
Parents who start a new sports team create a win-win situation for everyone involved!
Physical examinations, academic transcripts, and more
If you are homeschooling your child and they want to participate in sports, there are a few activities you’ll need to complete. One of the most important is getting a physical examination for your child.
This will ensure they are healthy and fit to play the sport. Additionally, if your child is interested in playing at the collegiate level, you will need to keep academic transcripts.
The well-documented records will showcase your child’s progress and ensure they meet the requirements set forth by the AAU.
While navigating these steps may seem daunting, keep in mind that the benefits of participating in sports can have a tremendous impact on your child’s future.
So, put in the effort and help your child reach their full potential.
Finding a coach, forming roles and responsibilities
You must be sure to select the right coach for the team. It is important to find someone who is both determined and willing to take on the demanding responsibilities of the role.
Start first by surveying the families that signed up to participate for your coach.
Be sure to stress that you need someone who is dedicated to helping the team succeed. You want someone who will push each player to reach their full potential, and who will develop strategies that can lead to victory.
You want a coach who is firm, fair, and fun-loving about the game, not a harsh attitude about winning.
However, being willing to take on this level of responsibility also involves being a great communicator and a good listener.
Similarly, the coach must be someone who can work collaboratively with team members to create a positive and cohesive atmosphere.
Ultimately, a coach plays a crucial role in the success of a team, and finding the right person for the job can make all the difference in the world.
Creating a budget and fundraising
It is essential to have a clear budget and fundraising plan for covering the costs associated with participating in an AAU sport.
To create a budget, list all the expenses such as uniforms, equipment, transportation, and lodging for away games.
Then, determine the sources of income such as athletic scholarships, grants, and donations.
Also, plan fundraising events like hosting a silent auction, selling team merchandise, or holding bake sales.
With a solid budget in place, you can have better control over your finances and focus on the game, knowing that you have taken steps to cover your costs.
Rewards for the homeschooling parent
Although there are many steps involved in starting a homeschool team it is worth your efforts.
You will have explored various options, recruited enough members to join the team, and organized practice and game logistics.
Think about it, you will conquer a great obstacle that vexes many homeschooling communities.
Oh, but the rewards for your hard work are unmatched opportunities for families to grow together while gaining valuable sports skills.
You can get the team started
So, by following the steps outlined in this post, hopefully, you have a better understanding of what’s needed to start your own AAU-sanctioned homeschool sports team.
From finding the right sport and equipment to creating budgets and schedules that work with your household’s activities, you can create a game plan for success.
Ultimately, it will take some hard work but will be worth the effort when you see how much joy competing with other teams brings to your homeschool community.
If I can help you more with forming your own homeschool sports team or answer any questions you may have about homeschooling, please schedule a free 30-minute appointment with me today!