The Hardship Exemption process is simple. Once you have completed your hardship you fall into one of 3 categories.
1) Your situation has no precedent and must be sent to vote to the Eligibility Advisory Board (EAB*)
2) Your hardship has a clear precedent set to approve or deny.
3) If denied you have no other options, however, the leaders of your organization can request an appeal be sent to the EAB*.
When a family request 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 very lengthy, especially during the offseason or busy time periods.
The NCHC strive's for consistency and an equal playing field. As the landscape of HomeSchool Athletics has shifted over the past 26+ years there have been thousands of unique situations that require hardship exemption request.
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 player, race, sex, etc. This removes any ability for false accusations of discrimination as well as keeps a fair and equal playing field for all teams.
The bottom line is, eligibility is the #1 threat in HomeSchool Sports. We believe that nothing can ruin a parent, player, coach, or fan experience than to have ineligible teams at our HomeSchool Events.
In the end we at the NCHC believe that the EAB provides the opportunity for making 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 in tact.