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Iowa Intensity Tryouts

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Grinnell Ahrens Recreation Center (GARC) 


Regiistration is CLOSED


ALTERNATE TRYOUT DATE/TIME - 5:40-6:30 Monday, February 26

Pre-Registration by end of 2/22/2024 at the link above with registration - This year we are REQUIRING pre-registration.

$10 tryout fee - prepayment online only.  The GARC will require each player to pay a $3 entry fee also.

  • These times/dates are tentative, depending upon registrations we may re-group the ages for optimal use of gym space.
  • February 25 1:05-2:00 PM 9th-11th girls (court 1)
  • February 25 2:05-3:00 PM 3rd-5th girls (court 1)
  • February 25 3:05-4:00 PM 6th-8th girls (court 1)
  • February 25 1:05-2:00 PM 10th-11th boys (court 3)
  • February 25  2:05-3:00 PM 8th-9th boys (court 3)
  • February 25 3:05-4:00 PM 4th-7th boys (court 3)
  • GARC does not open until 1:00 PM - do not expect to enter before that point.

Seasonal program fee $675, includes:

  • 5 tournaments, mostly in Iowa
  • Approx. 8 practices from March to June, in Grinnell and Sully for 4th-7th grade and 5 practices March-May for 8th-11th grade
  • Uniforms - we are using the same uniforms as last year. $125 off the program fee if you don't need a uniform.
  • Does not include GARC entry fees for practices ($3 per time or you can also buy monthly/annual passes).
  • $100 off if played in Fall/Winter 2023/2024
  • Discount of $100 for multiple players in the program ($100 off for 2nd child, $200 off for 3rd child, etc.)

  • Additional fees of $50 per player, per tournament will apply if a team attends a NCAA certified event (each NCAA event).

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:


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



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

Twitter: @IowaIntensity

Web Site:

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