OKLAHOMA HOME EDUCATION ATHLETICS association
When do the Knights play and how long is the season?
Our fall program will begin with tryouts in August for all potential and returning players. A non-refundable deposit will be required before participating in tryouts. This deposit will be applied to the player's fees should he/she go on to play with one of the Knights' basketball teams during the upcoming season.
In September, we will hold an all-parents' meeting with team practices for most teams beginning the first week of October (days, times, and locations will be communicated to invited/confirmed players).
The playing season for some teams (primarily 14u and older) begins mid-November and culminates in early March with a National Post-Season Tournament (in Springfield, Missouri) where homeschool teams from across the country gather for a week of competition and fun.
We conclude our year by participating in a summer league. This is another opportunity for our coaches to evaluate potential players for the fall season. Formation of summer teams is based upon reaching the minimum number of eligible players (generally 8+).
Summer League Play: Each summer, we participate in a summer league which runs the month of June. Each team (based on age) plays two games, one day per week (e.g. Thursdays). Practices generally begin in late April/early May. Contact us if your child is interested in playing in the summer league - even if they have already missed some of the practices. Go to our Contact Form.
Who can play?
A player's education must be parent-directed at least 51% of the time. We do accept EPIC students who satisfy this requirement. Players can earn a high school elective credit by participating with us during the regular season.
✓ 10u teams*: may not turn 11 before September 1st
✓ 12u teams*: may not turn 13 before September 1st
✓ Junior high (14u) team: may not turn 15 before September 1st
✓ High school team (18u): may not turn 19 before September 1st
*Team formations are subject to reaching the minimum number of eligible players (generally 8+) and having a coach.
If you or someone you know is interested in coaching, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Players come from a wide area of central Oklahoma including but not limited to Edmond, Tuttle, Chandler, Blanchard, Luther, Choctaw, Norman, Moore, and OKC. Many players carpool to/from practices and games.
IMPORTANT: A copy of the athlete's birth certificate or other government-issued ID (e.g. passport, driver's license or permit, state ID, military ID) along with the other required forms/documents must be submitted before being able to practice and play with the Knights (Registration/Forms).
Physicals are due at the first practice. If you are unable to get into your regular physician, Access Medical locations will perform physicals for a nominal fee (i.e. $25).
Because OKC Knights is a competitive sports organization, athletes are played based upon the coach's perceived needs of the game at-hand and the players' current skill levels & attitudes.
When are practices?
Our 10u-12u teams* practice twice a week, and 14u and older teams practice three days per week (i.e. Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday) for two hours. Exception for 14u and older teams: practice days will be reduced during the weeks of games. Days and times for practices vary based upon the coach's schedule and gym availability; specific information will be communicated at our Parents' Meeting in September.
Where do the Knights usually practice and play their games?
Practice and home game gyms vary by availability. A variety of gymnasiums are used as necessary to fit the number of teams practicing and the dates of scheduled games. Our normal practice gyms are centrally-located and easily-accessible from a major highway. All invited/confirmed players will be be notified of the practice details for his/her team. Several of our families have taken the initiative to form carpools in order to share the load.
Our 10u-12u teams play most - if not all - of their games in a league which is hosted at Santa Family Life Center (NW 63rd & Broadway Extension/I-235) and the Boys & Girls Club (NW 36th & Western). The 14u and older teams generally play their games at schools, churches, or private gyms located in the Oklahoma City metro and surrounding areas as well as in Tulsa (2-3 times per season). There are occasions when our older teams will play a game or tournament in another city/town. Game schedules will be distributed to all Knights' families as well shared on this website in September.
How much does it cost?
Team fees vary from year to year, depending on the cost of gym rentals, officials' fees, tournament fees, and other organizational or sports-related expenses. Player fees can range from $150 (for 10u) up to $500 (for high school); actual prices may vary. Payment plans will be made available. As an EPIC-approved vendor, we can bill EPIC for a player's fees (not the uniform) if requested by the parent(s). (Note: Players requiring new uniforms will be invoiced separately from the player fees.)
Fundraisers are available throughout the season to assist with player fees. These will be announced at our Parents' Meeting in September.
In addition to a player's fees, families will also want to consider gate admission and travel expenses (e.g. auto fuel for games) when planning for the season. Home gate admission is usually $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per student (6 years old+). This is also the general price for many of the schools or leagues we've played.