History Of The Patriots Program
The idea for the St. Louis Patriots was born out of necessity! It was March of 2002, the Missouri Association of Small Christian Schools determined that the small Christian teams could only bring 2 home school athletes, as part of their play-off contingent, to the State qualifying tournament. This was a wake-up call to several fathers who realized it was time to make our own way---and so efforts began to create an all homeschool competitive basketball team in the St. Louis area. The first season was the 2002-2003 season!
Our first head coach Doug McVicar was a homeschool dad and veteran coach with over 20 years of competitive public and private school basketball coaching experience. He coached the Patriots for the first five years of the program which helped give us a solid beginning in competitive basketball. Since then we have had talented, dedicated dads and other volunteers coach the Patriot teams.
What started with one high school varsity team has grown to include teams for homeschool boys in 5th-12th grades: several middle school and JH teams, Freshman team, JV team, and Varsity team. For a number of years, we also had a sister team, the Patriettes.
Many Patriot coaches, parents, and players worked faithfully for many years to secure the opportunity to be included in MSHSAA- the Missouri State High School Activities Association. They lobbied in Jefferson City and contacted state legislators. After these efforts, MSHSAA approved homeschool teams applying for membership and playing member teams. We are now recognized in the organization with the homeschool status and allowed to play MSHSAA full-member public and private school teams.
The St. Louis Patriots has a competitive schedule playing Christian, public, private, and homeschool teams. Competitive games and tournaments (including Homeschool State, Regional, and National Tournaments) make for an exciting season of Patriot basketball!