Academic Eligibility Rules

A "Q & A" file providing answers to the most common questions about the "No pass-no play" law is posted under the District Forms section of this web page. The local school administration and Board of Education do not have any leeway on enforcement of these rules.

Students determined to be academically ineligible will serve a 30 calendar day period of ineligibility. A student will serve their ineligibility period in the sport they are currently in OR the next sport they are in. This law applies to semester grades, the grades that determine whether a student earns credit for the class or not.


The academic eligibility regulations of the Iowa High School Athletic Associa­tion, the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union, the Iowa High School Speech Association, and the Iowa High School Music Association govern participation in activities in grades 9-12. The state guidelines require students to pass all classes taken.

Activities at Crestwood High School are defined as anything where there is voluntary participation by the student outside of the normal academic day. Classi­fication of activities includes Athletics and Non-Athletics (activities not course grade related). Crestwood students who participate in these activities whether it is athletics or non-athletics will be under the jurisdiction of the academic eligibility guidelines. Students who assist an athletic team in any capacity e.g. managers, trainers, etc. are included.

 BaseballFFA Competitions 
 BasketballJazz Band 
 CheerleadingMusic Honor Festivals 
Cross Country Musicals/Play 
Golf  Drumline
Football  Pep Band
Softball Speech Activities
Swimming State Solo Ensemble-Band 
Track State Solo Ensemble - Vocal 
Volleyball Parade before School Year 
Wrestling Santa Holiday Parade 

* Includes any other sport sanctioned by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union which is added to the athletic program at Crestwood High School

**Includes any other activity that is not course grade related that might be added to the activity program at Crestwood High School.

IHSAA & IGHSAU provisions:

If at the end of each semester a contestant is given a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded, the contestant is ineligible to dress for and compete in the next occurring interscholastic athletic contests and competitions in which the contestant is a bona fide contestant for 30 calendar days. For the purposes of this sub rule, a “bona fide contestant” means a student who presently or previously has competed in the interscholastic athletic activity to which the student’s period of ineligibility herein applies.

At the end of a grading period that is the final grading period in a school year, a bona fide contestant in interscholastic baseball or softball who receives a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded is ineligible to dress for and compete in interscholastic baseball or softball for the four consecutive weeks following the end of the final grading period.

A student with a disability who has an individualized education program (IEP) shall not be denied eligibility on the basis of scholarship if the student is mak­ing adequate progress, as determined by school officials, towards the goals and objectives on the student’s individualized education program.

The period of ineligibility will begin on the Monday of the first full week of school after the change of semesters.

IHSMA provisions:

If at the end of any grading period a participant receives a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded, the participant is ineligible to participate in any event sanctioned by the IHSMA or any IHSMA sponsored event that is non-graded within a period of 30 calendar days. The period of ineligibility will start at the beginning of the following term.

The state law only applies to high school students in athletics. Ineligibility rules for students participating in music or contest speech have been adopted by the respective Associations. Local academic rules are also in place for all junior high and high school extra-curricular activity participation. These rules take effect with quarter grades and are not the same as those set by the state for semester grades. The focus of the local rules is to help students avoid failing a class for a semester by providing additional support for them when they can still raise their grades and pass all classes.