Walt Whitman wrote, “Create good people, the rest follows.”  The primary reason Maquoketa High School sponsors extracurricular activities is to provide opportunities for students to express themselves in a variety of ways that will help them develop work ethic, cooperation, and good citizenship.  We do not expect our students to win every game or place first in every competition, but we do expect our students to work hard, do their very best, and represent our school and community with dignity and pride.  It is important that students understand that representing Maquoketa High School in activities is an earned privilege.  For this reason, the high expectations for participation are delineated in this handbook.  Remember, reaching your full potential, will require time, effort, and self-sacrifice on your part.



Maquoketa extra-curricular activities are conducted on a wholesome basis.  Maquoketa students may not always come away number one, but they do participate with that purpose in view.  The Board of Directors believe that sportsmanship, friendly relationships, and good fellowship grow out of activities between students of Maquoketa and their competitors.  It takes many ingredients to make you and your fellow students a champion.  To have a championship school you have to be a champion yourself.

Code for Activities

1)       The following will be considered violations of our conduct code for participants in activities:

  1. Usage or possession of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs (controlled substances); or abuse / deliberate misuse of over the counter drugs.
  2. Engaging in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system (excluding minor offenses such as traffic or hunting/fishing, violations), regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted, or adjudicated for the act(s); (ie. Arson, vandalism, assault, battery, theft, criminal mischief, etc.)
  3. Violations of regulations established by activity sponsors to develop and administer their specific programs.


All participants are required to begin and complete each season in “good standing” in order to fulfill all requirements to regain eligibility once participant has violated the code of activities or been declared academically ineligible.  If a participant does not complete a season in “good standing” then participant will be ineligible for the next activity for which he or she participates.


Penalty-First Offense

  • Suspension from squad/individual competition for 1/3 of the season (fall, winter, spring, summer), from the first date of competition, or extra-curricular activity (intra-squad scrimmages and team scrimmages are not considered competitions).
  • This offense includes a counseling session with the Activities Director, Head Coach, Parents of Violator, and Violator before the student returns to competition.

Penalty-Second Offense

  • Suspension from squad/individual competition for 3/4 of the season (fall, winter, spring, summer), from the first date of competition, and/or any other extra-curricular activity (intra-squad scrimmages and team scrimmages are not considered competitions).
  • Required attendance at four (4) counseling, training, or abuse workshop.  All costs will be considered a parental expense.  School assistance locating programs will be made available upon request.

Penalty-Third Offense

  • One year suspension from squad/individual competition, or the next extra-curricular activity, from the first date of competition, or extra-curricular activity.
  • Recommendation is additional counseling, training, or abuse workshop.  All costs will be considered a parental expense.  School assistance locating programs will be made available upon request.

Penalty- Fourth and Subsequent Offenses

  • One year suspension from squad/individual competition, or the next extra-curricular activity, from the first date of competition, or extra-curricular activity.


Penalties (number of events suspended) will be based on the maximum number of regular season contests allowed by the appropriate state association (IGHSAU or IHSAA). If the activity is involved in post-season and athlete is still suspended he/she will continue to serve suspension during post season play.  If athlete can’t complete his/her penalty prior to the end of the season, the portion remaining on the penalty will be carried over to the next sport which the individual participates. 


Example:   Student is suspended for first offense with one football game remaining, 1/3 of football would be 3 games, however, the athlete can not complete suspension so he would have 2/9 of the next season to serve, so if he played basketball he would be suspended for the next 5 games of basketball to complete suspension.

Multiple penalties will be served consecutively.  Each penalty begins after the prior one has been served.  If a student violates the policy while under suspension, the penalty will begin immediately after he/she would have become eligible.


1)      Reduction of PenaltyIf a student comes forward to a coach, administrator, or activity sponsor to admit (self-report) a violation of the Good Conduct Rule prior to a finding of guilt by the administration, the student’s penalty may be reduced to ¼ of the season for a first violation or reduced to 2/3 of a season for a second violation.  There is not a reduction allowed on the 3rd violation. Individual has 48 hours after the offense to self-report in order to receive this reduction

2)      Duration:  Penalties are for one year period from the date of the most recent infraction.  If infraction recurs after this time, it will be considered a first offense.

3)      Attendance:  Penalty for missing practice or rehearsal is left up to each head coach.

4)      Dress and Grooming:  While representing the Maquoketa Community Schools, the participant is expected to maintain a well groomed appearance.

5)      Equipment:  Any participant found in possession of Maquoketa School equipment not checked out in his or her name will have a same applied to the school cost.

6)       Due Process Clause:

a)        Head Coach or Activities Director, Asst. Principal, and the Principal will be involved in the hearing or review of the case.  The student may have  counsel (parent/guardian and/or lawyer).  The student has five days to write or appeal to the committee to review the case.

b)       The case is then reviewed by the committee, if the decision remains unsatisfactory the students has five days to appeal to the superintendent who will as an agent for the board of education, convening his/her own hearing, taking testimony and either remanding the case back to the initial hearing panel or causing the board to convene in either regular or special session to take final action on the case.



  1. The academic requirement is a law from the State of Iowa (Scholarship Rule 36.15(2)
  2. The following academic rule applies to athletics only
  3. Individuals participating in co-curricular or other extracurricular activities such as FFA, band and vocal along with Cheerleading, Drama, and Dance will be academically ineligible for 30 calendars days if the participant fails one or more semester classes.


Participants who have been declared academically ineligible from co-curricular activities, Cheerleading, Drama and Dance can’t regain his/her athletic eligibility by serving a co-curricular penalty.   This is based on the interpretation of the ruling state athletic associations IGHSAU and IHSAA

Scholarship Rule 36.15(2)                                                                How it affects Maquoketa Students?

A student must receive credit in at least 4 subjects at all times Maquoketa HS is on a 4 Block A-B schedule so this translates into 8 subjects for Maquoketa students
Pass all and make adequate progress toward graduation to remain eligible. Freshmen-Sophomores-Juniors        1. Must pass all 8 subjects


1. Must pass 7 out of  7–Reason–senior open block

If not passing all at end of a grading period, student is ineligible for first period of 30 consecutive calendar days in the next interscholastic athletic event in which the student participates.  The date for which the suspension begins is set in cooperation with the sanctioning party.If not passing all at any check point (if school checks at any time other than the end of a grading period), period of  ineligibility and conditions of reinstatement are left to the school If failing one or more classes at the end of the semester1. The student will be ineligible for 30 calendar days in his or her next sport

2. The student has an automatic study table determined by coaching staff

3. Students will regain eligibility at the end of the 30 day suspension, however, the student’s grades will be monitored and required to attend study tables if any grades are not passing

Maquoketa will follow same procedure for the 2nd semester.

Schools must check grades at the end of each grading period;   otherwise, a school determines if and  how often it checks grades Maquoketa will check grades at the end of each semester.
Requirement that member schools report interventions on CSIP Maquoketa will follow the proposal
A “student with a disability”  and an IEP is judge based on progress made toward IEP goals.  (Not a substantive change;  verbiage is changed to align with IDEA.) Maquoketa will follow the proposal
Ability to use summer school or other means to make up failing grades for eligibility purposes stricken. Maquoketa will follow the proposal


All 9th grade students will be eligible for participation regardless of 2nd semester grades during their 8th grade year.  9th grade student-athletes will 1st semester freshman grades will determine their eligibility.

Study Tables

All head coaches are required to create a “study table” for all the athletes in their respective program (9-12).  The athletes will attend a study table a minimum of 1-2 times per week if they have been identified of having grades lower than a D+.  A list of student-athletes will be provided to the coaches after each grading period (3-4 weeks).  Student-athletes are required to attend the study table until students are above a D+.  The students are required to get a signed verification from the teacher of the course(s) for which they have been identified.