Iowa Code 36.15

Athletic Code of Iowa

The State of Iowa and Iowa Code have several key components when it comes to athletic eligibility which are listed below. The items listed below are not inclusive of the State of Iowa and Iowa Code for athletic eligibility. Refer to Iowa Code 36.15 for more detail.

Iowa Code 36.14 (2) — Sportsmanship.  Any student-athlete at any level grades 7-12 who is ejected from an event is required to take the NFHS elective course “Sportsmanship- It’s Up to You”.  The course must be view before the student-athlete can return to competition. A certificate of completion must be sent to the state office. This mandate is in addition to missing the next regularly scheduled game/meet which is defined as the next scheduled date.

Iowa Code 36.15 (2) — Scholarship Rules.  A student is not eligible to participate in an interscholastic sport if the student has, in that same sport, participated in a contest with or against, or trained with, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), or other collegiate governing organization’s sanctioned team. A student may not participate with or against high school graduates if the graduates represent a collegiate institution or if the event is sanctioned or sponsored by a collegiate institution. Nothing in this sub-rule shall preclude a student from participating in a one-time tryout with or against members of a college team with permission from the member school’s administration and the respective collegiate institution’s athletic administration.

Iowa Code 36.15 (3) —  General transfer rule. A student who transfers from a school in another state or country or from one member or associate member school to another member or associate member school shall be ineligible to compete in interscholastic athletics for a period of 90 consecutive school days, as defined in rule 281—12.1(256), exclusive of summer enrollment, unless one of the exceptions listed in paragraph 36.15(3)“a” applies. The period of ineligibility applies only to varsity level contests and competitions. (“Varsity” means the highest level of competition offered by one school or school district against the highest level of competition offered by an opposing school or school district.) In ruling upon the eligibility of transfer students, the executive board shall consider the factors motivating student changes in residency. Unless otherwise provided in these rules, a student intending to establish residency must show that the student is physically present in the district for the purpose of making a home and not solely for school or athletic purposes.

Iowa Code 36.15 (4) — Open enrollment transfer rule. A student in grades 9 through 12 whose transfer of schools had occurred due to a request for open enrollment by the student’s parent or guardian is ineligible to compete in interscholastic athletics during the first 90 school days of transfer except that a student may participate immediately if the student is entering grade 9 for the first time and did not participate in interscholastic athletic competition for another school during the summer immediately following eighth grade. The period of ineligibility applies only to varsity level contests and competitions. (“Varsity” means the highest level of competition offered by one school or school district against the highest level of competition offered by an opposing school or school district.) This period of ineligibility does not apply if the student:

Iowa Code 26.15 (7) — Non-school team participation. The local school board shall by policy determine whether or not participation in nonschool athletic events during the same season is permitted and provide penalties for students who may be in violation of the board’s policy