Iowa Intensity

A Youth Sports Non-Profit Entity

Iowa Intensity High School Tryouts

  • 15U to 17U Tryouts have already occurred, we do have some open roster spots available.  If interested, inquire by emailing us at
  • National teams $950, includes:
    • 7 highly competitive tournaments (Chicago, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Lawrence and Las Vegas, none in June)
    • The NCAA is still working to make changes to the “Live” periods so there may have to be some flexibility once those are released and official
    • Uniforms and warm-up (all new uniforms)
    • 12 Practices from March 10 through end of May
    • $200 refund in August if attend > 80% of all practices and games (both figured separately)
  • Regional/Seasonal teams $750, includes:
    • 5 tournaments in Iowa (none in June)
    • 10 practices from late March through mid-July (none in June)
    • Uniforms, same uniforms as prior years, $100 off if re-using a uniform
    • $200 refund in August if attend > 80% of all practices and games (both figured separately)

Discount of $100 for multiple players in the program ($100 off for 2nd child, $200 off for 3rd child, etc.)


  • $300 due September 30 (both National and Regional)
  • $300 due November 20 (National only)
  • $150 due January 20 (National only)
  • $250 due January 20 (Regional only)
  • $200 due March 20 (both National and Regional)

Additional Information:

Fees collected will be used for gym rental space, tournament fees, jerseys, coaching costs, and administration.  Anyone needing financial assistance:  please see the policy and application at:            

Practices:  Each practice will be 1.5 hours in length.  Practice days and times will be determined after each team is formed.       


Coaches will be assigned and the tournament schedule finalized before the end of February for each team.


Why the refund clause?  We want to try to encourage greater attendance for all practices and games as we have felt in the past few summers that we had people missing just because they “didn’t feel like it.”  We want attendance to be a priority.  Two excused absences from practices will be allowed if notified prior to March 1 (the practice schedule will be available by February 1).


What if I can’t make tryouts?

Contact us BEFORE tryouts and we can arrange an alternate tryout time prior to teams being formed.


Goals:   To further competitive basketball players skills and experiences that live in and around Grinnell by playing against highly competitive teams.


Team Structure:   7 to 10 players on the roster. There could be more than one team in an age category.  Teams will not be formed with less than 7 players; a waiting list will be formed until the roster size is met.  If we have enough players, a 2nd team may be formed for an age group.


Coaching assignments will be finalized with roster position offers.   

Fees collected will be used for gym rental space, tournament fees, jerseys, coaching costs, and administration.  Any profits will be set aside for future potential scholarships.  Anyone needing financial assistance:  please see the policy and application at:


When and where will practices be held?

Practices will be held in Grinnell, Iowa and Lynnville-Sully schools unless a better alternative would happen to come from a surrounding community for gym space (price/availability/convenience).  The team’s coach and parents will correspond to try to find the best time to practice once the team is formed.  A set schedule will be developed at that time.


What if my child’s age doesn’t have enough for a team?

We will create a waiting list until we get to 7 players at which time the team will be created.  A player may also be asked to consider playing up with the grade above. 


What is Iowa Intensity and why was it created?

Iowa Intensity is a non-profit program created to provide youth an environment to enhance their basketball skills and life skills to help them reach their full potential as basketball players and citizens.  There has been a recent trend of some of the top local youth players leaving town to play with other club teams which makes the local travel teams less competitive and the cost to play out of town is more than double of what is being offered through Intensity.  Second, it’s our belief that in the not so distant future that school basketball won’t be available until 9th grade or the Varsity level, due to the costs that schools absorb to offer it, and all of the other outlets that are available to play the game.


What are the goals Iowa Intensity has for its players?

To learn self-discipline, build character and build a strong work ethic.  People fall short of their potential because they lack the necessary discipline to be the best that they can be.  Character is about having integrity, politeness, humbleness, and honesty.  In order for a person to reach their full potential as a citizen in our communities we need to instill a strong work ethic in our children.


Who do I contact with questions?

Chris Hansen, Executive Director, Mobile Phone: 641-990-6708

Larry Jackson, Director of Basketball Operations, Mobile Phone:  641-990-7135               

Twitter:  @IowaIntensity

Web Site: