Participation in extracurricular activities teaches children teamwork and time management. It builds self-esteem and looks good on college applications. Kids who participate in after-school activities do better than their peers academically and socially. Homeschool parents often want their children to experience these benefits by participating in high school sports. Some states allow homeschoolers to play with their sports teams, and others are completely opposed to the idea.
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With the start of any new administration, there are bound to be changes. For certain groups, like homeschool families, some changes can have big impacts on day-to-day life. During this most recent election cycle, neither candidate mentioned homeschooling much, but the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) published an article expressing concern over the effects a Clinton administration might have had on education in general, and homeschooling specifically. The Trump administration is expected to take an entirely different approach towards education and many homeschool families are pleased with proposed changes in legislation.