Sports: Athletic Commission (NCHEAC)

It is a goal of NCHE to provide homeschool athletes with the opportunity to participate on a high school level team similar to what they could experience if in a private or public school. To that end, we established North Carolinians for Home Education Athletic Commission (NCHEAC). NCHEAC operates under NCHE to provide leagues and tournaments in the traditional high school sports.


Our homeschool teams consist of only homeschooled athletes and are primarily coached by homeschool parents, many of whom have high school and/or college experience. We follow the rules of the National Federation of State High Schools Association ( and have a level of competitiveness found on many school teams while preserving a high level sportsmanship . We have a level of competition which exceeds recreational sports but does not place undue travel demands on families involved with “travel ball” teams.


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Ernie Hodges

Ernie Hodges and his wife, Iris, served on the NCHE board for twenty years and homeschooled their three children from birth through their college days and are now actively teaching life skills to their five grandchildren. Ernie is the state commissioner for the NCHE Athletic Commission and administrates the North Carolina Homeschool Leagues and post season tournaments in baseball, boys/girls basketball, boys/girls soccer, volleyball, girls, golf, cross country and swimming. He is a strong proponent of homeschoolers obtaining scholarships to continue their athletics in college as well.

From our Article Library

Cabarrus Stallions 2013 Boys Soccer State Champions
19 Mar 2014

The 2013 NCHEAC Boys Soccer State Championship was held in Winston-Salem, October 18-19 at the Sara Lee Soccer Complex. Six teams competed in the tournament and seeding of those teams was based on regular season results. The regular season consisted of two conferences, east and west, with both conferences containing three teams each. In the west conference, the teams were Asheville, Cabarrus County and Forsyth County. Fayetteville and two teams from Wake County, East Wake and Northeast Wake made up the east conference.

2013 NCHEAC Varsity Girls Volleyball State Champions (Asheville Trailblazers)
19 Feb 2014

Three athletic programs—Asheville, Greensboro and North Wake—claimed a state title at 2013 NCHEAC Girls Volleyball tournaments held in Winston-Salem, October 18-19. East and West Regional tournaments were played on Friday at Piedmont International University (PIU) and at the Gateway YWCA. The top two finishers on Friday from each region’s divisions (middle school, junior varsity and varsity) advanced to play on Saturday in the state championship tournaments, which were held at Salem Baptist Christian School, and again at PIU.

Elissa Dawson Will Attend UNC on Diving Scholarship banner
1 Feb 2014

Elisabeth Andrews Dawson (Elissa) is the daughter of Mark and Robin Dawson of Durham. Elissa has been homeschooled all her life. She is a national level diver who has been diving for eight years on club teams. Elissa received scholarship offers from UNC, Duke, Kentucky and Tennessee and signed her National Letter of Intent to dive for UNC.