Eligibility Advisory Board (EAB)
The EAB is made up of leaders, coaches, and administrators who represent teams from across the nation that has or will attend NCHC Post Season Events.
The reason for the EAB is that the NCHC feels it is essential that HomeSchool Coaches, Directors, & Administrators are encouraged to have an active role/voice in influencing the rules and policies their program has agreed to abide by.
When a family requests a hardship, the ruling they are sent is based on what we consistently enforce for all programs. If the hardship request has a precedent to be denied, they will be informed their hardship has been denied, at which point the family has exhausted their options; however if the organization leaders chose to request to appeal the ruling to the EAB, this can be sent out for a vote. The voting process can be lengthy, especially during the offseason or busy periods.
The NCHC strive’s for consistency and an equal playing field. As the landscape of HomeSchool Athletics has shifted over the past 30+ years, thousands of unique situations require hardship exemption requests.
When a vote is brought to the 500+ Member Basketball or 100+ Member Volleyball Eligibility Advisory Board (EAB), we remove the name of the players, team, the talent of the player, race, sex, etc. This removes any possibility of false accusations of discrimination and keeps a fair and equal playing field for all teams.
The bottom line is eligibility: the NCHC member organization’s teams and leaders over the past three decades have consistently voted that they feel the NCHC should stand against the threat that ineligible players and teams in HomeSchool Sports present. We stand by the NCHC Member Organizations and agree and believe that nothing can ruin a parent, player, coach, or fan experience more than to have ineligible teams at our HomeSchool Events.
In the end, we at the NCHC believe that the EAB provides the opportunity to make sure our rules and policies reflect the vast majority of the teams/programs that attend our events. EAB members who vote help us both now & in the coming years to make sure that the integrity of HomeSchool Sports is kept intact.