National Division II Christian Homeschool Association

The National Division II Christian Homeschool Association, is a non-profit, Christian, homeschool Division II association formed for the purpose of:

* Setting standards for athletic participation for the NDIICHA basketball tournament, with a focus on eligibility standards that will ensure a level playing field.

* Develop a Christian environment and apply Biblical principles for Division II homeschool athletic competition.   

* Conduct a post-season basketball tournament, open to all teams willing to abide with the NDIICHA bylaws and guidelines.

ORGANIZATION: 

Board of Directors A board of directors shall serve to provide guidance to NDIICHA.  The board of directors shall elect from among themselves a chairman of the board, who shall preside at all official meetings of NDIICHA.  The board shall also appoint from NDIICHA, a person, or persons, to act as secretary.  Other board appointments from NDIICHA, could include, but not be limited to, regional tournament directors, webmaster(s) for the NDIICHA website, and persons to serve out any unexpired terms of any departing board members. 

Each member of the board of directors shall serve a minimum three year term.  Upon conclusion of their term, board members shall select replacement members.  There shall be a minimum of three members serving on the board at all times. 

The board of directors shall act in behalf of the participants in all business matters, including contact with other athletic associations.  The board of directors shall be responsible to handle all disciplinary matters.  The board of directors shall be responsible in approving expenditures only for those goods and services directly needed by NDIICHA operations, while keeping a balanced budget. 

All members of the board of directors must be born-again Christians, active in a local church, and shall conduct all their duties in a manner that would bring honor and integrity to the name of Jesus, and to NDIICHA.   

Bylaws can only be changed during a meeting consisting of at least three board members.  Bylaw changes must be approved by at least 60% of voting board members. 

HOMESCHOOL REQUIREMENTS: 

“Homeschooled” means that at least 51% of the courses that are taken by a player during the school year of the tournament are:

a) courses that are taught in the home/studio of the player’s parent(s), grandparent(s), sibling (age 18 or older), legal guardian, or another homeschool parent or tutor, provided the instruction by a non-parent is done under the direction and supervision of the child's parent(s) or

b) courses that are taught at a central location (e.g. homeschool support group “co-op” classes, such as chemistry, speech, or calculus) by a parent or tutor, or

c) are correspondence/virtual/distance learning courses provided by a private kindergarten through grade 12 program or school.

With the exception of c) under the definition of “homeschooled” above, courses taught or otherwise provided by a public or private school, where the player is counted in that school’s enrollment, are not considered “homeschooled”.

College or vocational/technical school courses are permitted to be taken by a player, but are not considered “homeschooled”.

The percentage of courses considered to be homeschooled is determined by dividing the number of courses considered “homeschooled” by the total number (“homeschooled” + “not homeschooled”) courses taken.

Once a player has completed high-school coursework, or participated in high school graduation ceremonies, he or she is ineligible to participate in the NDIICHA tournament.

PARTICIPATION RULES: 

Each participating team shall have rules in place to ensure all participating athletes maintain at least a 2.0 (or "C") average during the active season.  Methods for academic monitoring shall be left to each participating team. 

The age limit for junior high teams will prohibit participation of any student who reaches his or her 15th birthday prior to September 1 of the basketball season in which they are participating.  The age limit for high school teams will prohibit participation of any student who reaches his or her 19th birthday prior to September 1 of the basketball season in which they are participating.  Exceptions to these rules can be granted at the discretion of event director(s), in consultation with the board of directors. 

Students playing on public or private school teams are ineligible for participation at the NDIICHA basketball tournament. 

GUIDELINES:

  • Teams participating in the NDIICHA basketball tournament are limited to a total of 25 completed games, as defined by the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations), prior to the NDII basketball tournament. 
  • Each team limits their practices to an average of two or less practices per week beginning November 1 of current season. (This rule was instituted with the purpose of limiting practices during the basketball season to two per week.  The rule is silent on practice frequency or time prior to what was designated as the homeschool season for purposes of NDII participation.  During the discussions leading up to the finalization of the rule, it was the Boards intent to leave practice arrangements up to the individual homeschool organizations.  The rule allows organizations to determine when they will begin their practices for the season with limits after November 1.)
  • In the case of High School JV teams that are commingling their practice and game schedules with the high school varsity team, both teams need to abide by the Division II guidelines to be allowed to compete.
  • High school JV teams that are totally independent of the High School varsity teams practice and game schedule that meet the Division II guidelines would be allowed to compete.
  • A student may only play on one team per age division.
  • No co-ed teams will be allowed. 
  • Players may not play on two teams from different organizations.   
  • Please provide standard first aid kits for your team.

MIXED TEAMS: 

Some homeschool teams, particularly those in rural or sparsely populated areas, have allowed students from very small private schools to participate on their teams.  NDIICHA will make no rule against participating teams using such students in their own game schedule.  But, the use of such students in NDIICHA basketball tournament will be limited to 40% or less of private school students on the team.  Further, students from private schools will only be eligible to participate on such teams if their school does not field a basketball team.  The NDIICHA board may serve as a board of hearing for exceptions to this by-law from an organization. Those students shall also be held to the same academic and conduct standards of NDIICHA. 

DISCIPLINE: 

Conduct that would deem such disciplinary action would include violating NDIICHA eligibility rules at NDIICHA events, displays of violence, vandalism, blatant disregard for safety, recruiting violations, spreading rumors or slander, vulgarity or humiliation of opposing teams or players (this can come from the players, coaches or fans).  Participating organizations are responsible for controlling everyone associated with their organizations. 

Disciplinary action may include any of the following: letter of reprimand and request for written apology or suspension from participation in NDIICHA activities for a designated period of time, not to exceed two (2) years (any suspension must be accompanied by details of action needed for reinstatement). When organizations or individuals are suspended from participation in NDIICHA activities, those individuals directly involved with any incidents must be named. Those players, coaches, administrators, or parents named as the offenders shall not be allowed to participate in NDIICHA activities as part of any other participating team until the period of discipline has ended.