Chuy Gonzales and Rio Mata have long wondered how much fun it would be to compete for the local high school athletic teams in their area.

Instead, they play six-man football before small crowds, far from the old-school University Interscholastic League, the governing body for public school athletics in the state of Texas.

Ineligible to compete in UIL-sanctioned athletics, Gonzales, Mata and their football teammates at Bastrop Tribe Consolidated play in the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations that was formed in 2013. A dynasty, the Tribe Warriors have won the TAIAO state championship four consecutive years.

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Home-schoolers have never been eligible to play for public schools because they choose to be educated at home. For various reasons, UIL coaches and administrators have spoken out against children taught at home joining their teams.

That might soon change.

Recently, a bill introduced by Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, won House approval to allow home-school kids to compete in UIL sports and other extra-curricular activities such as band and debate.