(CITIZEN-TIMES) — ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Mary Dorris’ children had aged out of recreation league sports and, being home-schooled, they didn’t have school teams to join.

But they had the Asheville Trailblazers, teams in various sports that compete under the governance of the Western Carolina Athletic Association. Parent volunteers created the association for home-schooled students seven years ago to give their children athletic options they might not have had otherwise.

The Trailblazers field teams in basketball (boys and girls teams); volleyball (girls); baseball (boys); softball (girls); tennis (girls); and golf, swimming and cross-country (coed). Parent volunteer Trisha Aiello sends a newsletter to about 300 households with children who play or have expressed interest. Interest is so high that coaches never have a hard time filling out rosters. Sometimes they have to hold tryouts, Aiello said.

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