Arkansas Activities Association votes to allow home schoolers to play interscholastic sports

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Students who are home schooled will be able to play interscholastic sports after a vote by the Arkansas Activities Association.

The AAA's governing body voted 155-82 on Wednesday to approve the change.

The regulation known as the "Tim Tebow rule" for the New York Jets quarterback who was home schooled before his college career at Florida, failed votes in 2009 and 2011 in the General Assembly.

Little Rock television station KLRT reports the rule has some restrictions. Students will have to play in the district where their parents live. And a student who leaves a public school to be home schooled will have to sit out of activities out for a year to become eligible.

The AAA's governing body includes superintendents and athletic directors from across the state.