Athletic Code of Conduct

Harding Middle School Activities Code of Conduct

DMPS Middle School Activities Code of Conduct

Harding Athletics Philosophy: At Harding Middle School, we believe that interscholastic and intramural athletics supplement the curricular program to become a vital part of a student’s total educational experiences. These experiences contribute to the development of learning skills and emotional patterns that enable the student to maximize their education. Student participation in any part of our activities program is a privilege which carries responsibilities to the school, the activity, the student body, the community, and to each student. Commitment, loyalty, comradery, discipline, citizenship and sportsmanship will be fostered through participation and experience. This participation will enable the student to develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. 

Program Goals: The ultimate goals of the athletic program are to realize the value of a team and individual skill development without overemphasizing the concept of winning; and to develop and improve positive citizenship traits among the program’s participants. 

Requirements to Participate 

  • Students must have a current sports physical performed by a doctor on file with the school nurse.   Students will not be able to participate in practice until the nurse has a physical on file.  
  • DMPS Athletic Registration Form (Complete during school registration or using separate form) 
  • Student Expectations / Player Contract (bottom of this form) 
  • District activity fee paid  

Season Timeline 

  • Athletic practices will be held Monday-Friday after school; Activities will be scheduled by each individual sponsor or coach.
  • Coaches and sponsors will determine start and end time for practices/meetings 
  • A complete game/practice schedule, coaches’ contact information, and general guidelines will be handed out at pre-season parent meeting and/or the first practice 

Student Expectations / Player Contract 


  • Unexcused absences may affect participation time (includes tardies and/or truancy) 
  • Examples of excused absences are doctor appointments, absent from school, working with a teacher per their request.  (Must provide a note from doctor or teacher upon return.) 
  • Students must be present at school for at least half the day in order to participate in that day’s contest, event, practice, or meeting. 


  • Students who are not meeting academic expectations, which includes missing assignments and failing grades, are expected to make up time/work after school which may result in missed practice/meeting time and/or missed participation time. School staff will work with coaches/sponsors to create a plan that is in the best interest of the student.  


  • Level 2 or higher referral may result in missed participation time  
  • Suspension from school will result in student being suspended from at least 1 event/game 
  • Students serving game suspension will not travel to the away games with the team 


  • It is the expectation that every student has made arrangements for transportation immediately following practices, meetings, events, or games in advance.  Students should wait in designated areas. Please make every effort to pick up your student within 15 minutes after the event is scheduled to be over.   
  • After away games, players may only ride home with their parent/guardian.  Players riding home with their parent/guardian must sign out with the coach prior to leaving.  All other players will ride the bus back to school.   


  • All students will represent their school with pride and appropriate sportsmanship. Failure to do so may result in lost participation time.  

Athletic Uniform Policy 

All uniform equipment must be returned to coach at end of season or a monetary fine will be added to the students account to cover replacement cost of those lost or not returned items.  

Physical exams and insurance requirements: Regulations of the Department of Education, IHSAA and the IGHSAU states: The school shall require of each student participating in athletics a physician’s certificate stating that he or she is physically able to participate in athletic contests of his or her school. The medical certificate is valid for the purpose of this rule for one calendar year. This certificate must be on file before the student will be allowed to practice with any of the high school/middle school’s athletic teams. Another regulation states: A student shall not be permitted to practice or compete for a school until it has verification that he or she has basic athletic insurance coverage. School district rule requires filing of an “Assumption of Risk” form by the student and parent/guardian before participation will be permitted.  

Statement of Non-Discrimination for Gender Identity 

The Des Moines Independent Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. 

The District strives to create a supportive environment for its students.  Discrimination, harassment, and bullying of students for any reason, including on the basis of gender identity and/or sexual orientation are prohibited by state law and District policy. Students who believe they have experienced or witnessed discrimination, bullying, or harassment should refer to school administration to file or make an internal complaint. 

Complaints of discrimination or harassment based on a student’s actual or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation must be handled in accordance with District Policy. 


If you have questions at any time please contact the athletic coach or Cassie Kendzora, Student Engagement Coordinator at