DIY Extra-Curricular Activity

If you have searched our extra-curricular database and haven't found the activity or sport you are wanting in your area, you might consider starting that activity for home education students located near you. Below you will find a great starting point on how to create your own sports team or activity.

DIY Homeschool SPORTS

 

Beginning a homeschool sports program may not be as difficult as you think. Here are a few steps to start your own.

What Sport(s)?

Choose the sport you want to sponsor. You’ll probably want to begin with just one sport and one or two teams. After this one is established, you can expand your programs and offer other sports. The most popular homeschool sports are basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and softball. There are also programs with flag football, track, golf, tennis, bowling, and swimming. 

Getting Started

1. Find a place to play. You can try church gyms, Christian schools, or community centers. You may have to schedule practices at odd times when gyms aren’t being heavily used, but interested players and parents are usually glad just to have a chance to play. You can probably use city parks during school hours for soccer, softball, baseball, etc....

2. Find your players and coaches. Survey your homeschool support group to see which parents have experience in playing or coaching sports, and recruit their help. If you have one or two parents with experience, they can lead meetings and train the other parents to help coach. Parents with less experience can coach the younger teams; those who have more knowledge of the game can coach the older teams. If you don't have anyone knowledgeable in the sport, ask some local coaches to mentor your parents.  YouTube also has many good videos of different sports drills and practice skills.  Coaching tips / drills, field positions, field sizes, team sizes, & parent volunteer job descriptions are  available on many websites.

Put announcements on your group's website or social media pages, homeschool newsletters, church bulletins, etc. You’ll probably need a minimum of six players for basketball so you can at least play three on three. Volleyball and baseball probably need a few more players.

3. Minimize Expenses. Ask each family to help out by serving as Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Moms, etc...  When parents sign their kids up, they also need to sign up themselves to help in some capacity. You may need to collect a registration fee from each player to cover any expenses, such as equipment, practice jerseys, gym rental, and awards. To keep fees as small as possible, you can just have your families get color-coded T-shirts to identify your teams during games, rather than expensive outfits. Save the money for safety items, such as shin guards or helmets.  You might also have a "shoe swap" so families can pass on shoes that their kids have outgrown.  Ask your families to look for equipment at garage sales or thrift stores.

When you practice, spend at least some of the time working on skills of the sport. Some students may have a lot of experience in the sport, but everyone needs to go over the basics. Websites can be a great help, such as http://www.syskos.com/coach.htm  

4. Form Teams; after kids sign up, organize them into age groups, & see how many teams you will be able to form. Decide if you will have co-ed teams. At the first practices, assess kids' abilities, and form balanced teams, as much as possible. Choose team colors, and help kids choose their team names.

5. Devotions & Memory Verses; these can be included in your sports program if desired; many good resources for students are on the internet. When kids are taking their water breaks, it is a good time to go over devotions and verses; team moms can take this responsibility, while the coaches are getting ready for the next part of the practices. When you give awards at the end of the season, you can reward the kids who learned their memory verses.

6. Support Your Volunteers. Have policies in place to handle disrespectful kids, injuries, bad weather; plan for potential problem situations. Be flexible to others' ideas, and customize your program to fit your group. 

7. Protect Your Group.  Have each family sign a waiver that protects you and your group from being sued as a result of injuries during practices / games.

8. Consider Interscholastic play. At some point you may want to jump up to interscholastic play. Go watch other games of other homeschool teams or local Christian schools to see if you can be competitive with them. (Use our database to find other homeschool teams!) Then schedule a game. You might lose badly in your first few games, but don’t get discouraged. Both you and your players will be learning and maybe sometime you can help educate some other new teams!

 

Form a new homeschool team? It will take some time and some effort, but you can do it! So what are you waiting for? Get in the game!

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DATABASE

After you have created your activity, be sure to submit it using the button below so it shows up on our database! 

DIY Homeschool ACTIVITIES

 

Beginning a homeschool extra-curricular activity may not be as difficult as you think. Here are a few steps to start your own.

What Activity(ies)?

Choose your activity. You’ll probably want to begin with just one activity at a time. After this one is established, you can expand your programs and offer other activities. The most popular homeschool activities are choir, drama, speech, debate, robotics, etc. There are also co-ops in many areas of the state that offer basic educational classes such as foreign language, science, PE, etc. If you don't have a co-op in your area, you can start your own. 

Getting Started

1. Find a place to host your activity. You can try churches, individual homes, Christian schools, libraries, or community centers. You may have to schedule practices/classes at odd times when facilities aren’t being heavily used, but interested families are usually glad to have a chance to participate.

2. Find your participants and leaders. Survey your homeschool support group to see which parents have experience in your activity, and recruit their help. If you have one or two parents with experience, they can lead meetings and train the other parents to help. If you don't have anyone knowledgeable in the activity, ask someone local to lead the activity (you may have to pay them).  Put announcements on your group's website or social media pages, homeschool newsletters, church bulletins, etc. to let people know about your activity.

3. Minimize Expenses. Ask each family to help out by serving as leaders, helpers etc...  When parents sign their kids up, they also need to sign up themselves to help in some capacity. You may need to collect a registration fee from each student to cover any expenses. 

4. Support Your Volunteers. Have policies in place to handle disrespectful kids, injuries, etc.; plan for potential problem situations. Be flexible to others' ideas, and customize your program to fit your group. 

7. Protect Your Group.  Have each family sign a waiver that protects you and your group from being sued as a result of injuries.

8. Consider Interscholastic participation. At some point you may want to jump up to interscholastic competition. Go watch other activities of other homeschool activities or local Christian schools to see if you can be competitive with them. Then schedule a competition. You might lose your first few times, but don’t get discouraged. Both you and your students will be learning and maybe sometime you can help educate some other new groups!

 

Form a new homeschool activity? It will take some time and some effort, but you can do it! So what are you waiting for?

OKLAHOMA HOME EDUCATION

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DATABASE

After you have created your activity, be sure to submit it using the button below so it shows up on our database! 

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