“Tebow Bill” Goes to Governor …

I have a confession to make:  I loved to watch Tim Tebow play football.  I loved his hard-nosed running, his passion to win and his faithfulness.

I even loved his inability to throw a spiral.

So why can’t I seem to wrap my arms around the bill that bears his name?

A week ago, the Senate passed the Tebow bill on a vote of 22-13.  It essentially allows home school students to play scholastic sports, at least in those counties which choose that option.  I voted “no.”

I have several friends that home school their children.  I also believe that local School Boards can set policy for extracurricular activities.  However, there are two things that I can’t seem to get past.

First, the Virginia High School League, or “VHSL”, is a non-profit organization which administers high school sports.  In general, the Assembly should not be telling it how to run its business, as long as it’s following the law.  To date, it has refused to permit athletes to play unless they are enrolled students.

Second, there are consequences in life, when you make decisions.  If you choose not to attend the local high school, there is a consequence — you don’t get to play for its team.  That only makes sense; especially when you consider that high school athletes have class attendance and grade requirements.

Here’s a corollary question:  would we allow a major college athlete to play  if he failed to enroll in the university?   (ironically, we may be moving there for some  Division I programs that rely on “one and done” athletes)

The Tebow bill is now on the Governor’s desk.  I expect him to veto it, which will undoubtedly get criticism or praise, depending on your political leanings.

I’d prefer that we reach a middle ground here — but nobody seems to have found it yet.

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  • Paul Goode

    “Second, there are consequences in life, when you make decisions. If you choose not to attend the local high school, there is a consequence — you don’t get to play for its team.”

    This sounds uncomfortably like the argument used by the anti-abortiob crowd. Also, the choice may well be that of the parents. Should the child then be penalized? Incidentally, the corollary doesn’t hold: Unlike K-12, a college-level education is not compulsory.

    I’m new to Virginia, so I don’t know the answer to this question: Do these families support public education with their taxes? If so, shouldn’t their kids have access not only to sports but other activities such as marching band or the drama club?