Team Iowa Football

Invites are out for 2018 Rosters!

If you have not heard from us on whether or not you made the roster, please reach out to your defined coach:
6th Grade: Jason Katcher (515-720-1359)
7th Grade: Mike Thomas (515-528-6588)
8th Grade: Flynn Heald (319-654-6265)

Last 2018 Team Iowa Football Tryout (Padded)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm @ Valley High School Tiger Field
This will be the last tryout for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Team Iowa football. If you want to make the need to be at this tryout!! See you there and time to reclaim our national championship status!!

2018 Team Iowa - Padded Tryouts

Team Iowa Tryout will be holding additional tryouts on the following days, times, and locations:

+ October 7 at 4:30 pm @ Valley Stadium in West Des Moines (4440 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265)

+ October 21 at 4:30 pm @ Valley Stadium in West Des Moines (4440 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265)

Team Iowa 2018 - 9/23 Tryouts

+ September 23 at 6:00 pm @ Metro Youth Football fields in Cedar Rapids (110 Ahearn Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402)...DETAILS
+ September 23 at 4:00 pm @ Sioux City North HS Practice Field (4200 Cheyenne Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51104)...DETAILS

9/16 - Apologies

CR Parents Players,
We would like to apologize for the confusion on last Sunday’s 9/16 try-out. We got some dates crossed up but really would like to involve all 6th, 7th and 8th grade players from the CR area to return this Sunday night 9/23 at 6:00pm at Metro Youth for our 2nd Try-out in this area.
Mike Thomas

2018 Team Iowa - Tryouts #3, #4, #5, and #6

Team Iowa Tryout will be holding additional tryouts on the following days, times, and locations:

+ September 1 at 2:00 pm @ Valley Stadium in West Des Moines (4440 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265)

+ September 8 at 10:00 am @ Thomas Jefferson High School Practice Field in Council Bluff (2501 West Broadway, Council Bluff, IA 51501)...DETAILS

We continue to look for the best youth football talent in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade from across the state to compete against the nations bests. These will be non-padded tryout...see you there!!

2018 Player Drill Times from Try-outs

The following link contain the 2018 drill times for each player based upon their grade and tryout number: LINK

2018 Team Iowa - Tryout #2 - **Reminder**

Team Iowa Tryout #2 will be held from 4:00-5:30 pm at Metro Youth Football fields in Cedar Rapids (110 Ahearn Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402). We are looking for the best youth football talent in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade from across the state to compete against the nations bests. This will be a non-padded tryout...see you there!!

Team Iowa Try Outs 2018

Parents and Players, we will be having our first 2018 Team Iowa try out next Sunday 8/5 at Valley Stadium from 4:00-5:30pm for 6th, 7th and 8th grade players from the State of Iowa.
We welcome back all returning players and coaches to be a part of the 2018 campaign. We have put together a board of founding directors that are excited to provide the foundation for the best structure possible to evaluate, select and prepare the best 35 players in each grade to represent Team Iowa 2018
Team Iowa will be playing in the 3rd year of the HOFACC National Championships which will be played 12/6 through 12/9 in Dallas, Texas this year, Orlando, Florida in 2019 and back to Canton in 2020 for the 100 year anniversary of the NFL.
The first series of try outs will be non-padded and will be excuted at several locations through out the state on Sunday nights in the months of August and September. Padded selection tryouts will follow in October. You must attend one of the non padded tryouts to be invited to the padded selection tryouts.
The fee is $30 per player which includes the try-out, t-shirt, and selection workout by Flynn Heald and Tuelshed Training Staff. This fee allows you to attend as many try-outs that are posted throughout the selection process.

Try-out Locations/Dates
#1 August 5th Valley Stadium 4440 Mills Civic Pkwy, WDM 4:00-5:30pm
#2 August 12th Metro Youth Football 110 Ahearn Dr NE, CR 4:00-530pm
#3 August 19th TBD
#4 August 26th TBD
#5 September 9th TBD

Please check back frequently (typically Sunday evenings) for updates on times and locations! We will have registration forms and waiver forms on site to fill out so please allow yourself enough time to fill out and be on the field at the the start of the try-out. Non padded are shirt, short, turf cleats. We look forward to working with your player in 2018!

Please feel to reach out to our committee members with any questions.
Mike Thomas 515-528-6588
Jason Katcher 515-720-1359
Dion Cobb 515-991-6900
Tony Lombardi-319-389-3117
Flynn Heald-319-654-6265


August 19th Valley Stadium 5-7pm
3 consecutive FBU National Championship Final 4 appearances and National Runner-up 2013-“A feat not easily repeated”
All Team Iowa (6th 2012, 7th 2013, 8th 2014) players, coaches, parents and their families are invited to join us for an evening of food, drink and memories. We will be having a catered BBQ and would like all the players to wear their high school uniforms for a media team photo at the conclusion of event. We will be playing videos from the national semi-finals and finals on the new video board. We know that all these players are entering their senior seasons and would like to get them together one last time before they begin their next stage of their life journey. Please feel free to reach out with any questions and we hope to see you all there.
Mike Thomas 2019 Team Iowa HC -515-528-6588.

***SPECIAL MESSAGE - July 2018***

Team Iowa is under new leadership this year! We are looking for the best talent from all parts of Iowa! Look for the tryout schedule soon for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Football players! Stay tuned...

2017 Team Iowa Tryout/Combine...May 7th

Presented by former Hawkeye/NFL star TAVIAN BANKS @ Ignit Sports

WHO: Any Players entering 6th,7th, 8th grade for fall 2017 from the State of Iowa
WHAT: 1st of up to 3 try-outs to qualify and participate on 2017 6th, 7th, 8th grade Team Iowa. These teams will participate in the 2017 HOFACC National Championships with regional qualifiers beginning November 17 at various sites and the National Championships to be held December 14-17 (inside) in Canton Ohio. The HOFACC (Hall of Fame All-Star Canton Classic) tournament info can be viewed at
WHEN:May 7th 6:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Valley High School Stadium 4440 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265
COST: $25 per player- Price includes all Try-outs, Canton Classic Try-out numbered T-Shirt.
TRY-OUT: This try-out will include combine testing/timing but not limited to 40 yd dash, L drill, broad jump, standing vertical, NFL shuttle, Power Toss. We will have 1v1 and 2v2 skills with time permitting. Second and/or third try-outs will be later in summer/ fall and will include padded work –no combine testing. Those players making the 35 player roster will have their $25 applied to their $75 tourney fee. Apparel- Turf shoes, shorts, shirt.
REGISTRATION: Registration will be done on site, but you may have your registration and waiver paperwork filled out ahead of time to bring with you and avoid lines. Please see try-out link on website

Now that you have played in the rest come play in the best where every team will pay, play and compete in a tournament where the first team eliminated, to the eventual National Champ will be treated the same. INTEGRITY, LEVEL PLAYING FIELD and CONSISTENCY will strive through all regional qualifiers and nationals.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Mike Thomas at 515-528-6588

 2017 Team Iowa Tryout Flyer 

Mack McCormick name Team Iowa Tournament Director

Please welcome Coach Mack McCormick as our new Tournament Director for Team Iowa! “Mack” joins us with an extensive amount of experience, not only on the football field, but as an Army veteran of 14 years. Mack has been the head coach for the WDM Tiger Jr Select football league coming on 3 years and was the head coach for the Team Iowa 6th Grade in 2016. His discipline, love of the game, passion for progressing youth talent, and competitive spirit make him a perfect fit in this program. Mack lives in West Des Moines, with his wife Missy and 4 kids and is excited about this opportunity to continue such a powerful program!

2016 Team Iowa Tryout #3 **6th Grade Only**

Team Iowa is holding a special tryout for 6th Grade football players from across the state of Iowa at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, IA at 4:00 pm on Sunday October 23rd. This is a full padded tryout.

2016 Team Iowa Tryout #2

2016 Team Iowa Tryout #2...Finalizing details for October 16th!

They Team Iowa staff apologizes for not having all of the details locked down yet for the October 16th Team Iowa Tryout. The staff has been challenged to find a football field to reserve in Iowa City area and may need to look at another location. Thank you for your patience while we finalize the details. Go Team Iowa!!

2016 Team Iowa Tryout #1...September 25th!

The first Team Iowa Padded tryout will be held on Sunday, September 25th for all 6th 7th, and 8th grade players from 6:00-8:00 PM at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, IA. The try-out fee will be $25 and for all players making a 2016 Team Iowa roster, the $25 will be applied to their $75 Hall of Fame National Tournament Fee. The Hall of Fame National Tournament is scheduled for December 1-4 in Canton, OH. Click the link below for more details regarding the HOF National Tournament.

 Hall of Fame National Tournament 

2016 Tryout Schedule Coming Soon...

To all 2016 Team Iowa potential players and families! The coaches for the upcoming season are currently working together to define the 2016 Tryout Schedule and will share it in the very near future! We having FINALLY wrapped up most of the 2015 activities and finalized our 2016 tournament plans which will now allow the coaches to define our tryout and practice plans for 2016! Stay tuned for details to be posted very soon on our FaceBook page and website! Go Team Iowa!!

8th Grade Team Iowa Banquet...1/17/2016

8th Grade Team is having a team Banquet/Potluck on Sunday, January 17th from 5-7 PM at the Valley High School Cafeteria. The agenda for the Banquet is as follows:
• Turn-in Equipment (5:00-5:30 pm)
• Potluck (5:30-6:00 pm)
• Awards (6:00-6:45 pm)
• Clean-up (6:45-7:00 pm)

8th Grade Team Iowa...2015 All Tournament Team!

The following 8th Grade Team Iowa players were named to the NUC Rising Stars All Tournament Team: Creighton Mitchell, Cooper King, Gabe Ante, Jackson Waring, Juan Sandoval, Dawson Baures, Josh Volk, Brad Trolley, Jacob Kramer, Seth Adrian, Nick Buttolph, Aubrey Gillard, and Zach Shaner.

6th Grade Team Iowa...2015 All Tournament Team!

The following 6th Grade Team Iowa players were named to the NUC Rising Stars All Tournament Team: Dominic Wiseman, Zayvier Arguello, Cale Gochenour, Zane Beebe, Case Sheedy, and Griffin Deirsen.

Congratulations 7th and 8th Grade!

All of the Team Iowa Coaches, Parents, and Fans want to congratulate our 2015 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade teams are their success in the NUC Rising Stars National Championship tounament! A special congratulations to 7th Grade Team Iowa and 8th Grade Team Iowa on bringing home 2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to the State of Iowa! The 7th and 8th grade teams beat competitors from MN, CA, OK, and OR to win their respective tournaments and put the State of Iowa on the map for Elite Football talent...Congratulations!!

2015 NUC Rising Stars Bracket Update #3 (11/17)

The schedule for the NUC Rising Stars - Plains Regional has been posted!! The schedule for the Plains Regional is as follows:

Saturday 11/21 at Valley Stadium
9:00am Team Iowa-8th vs St. Paul North Stars, MN-8th
10:45am Topeka Crush 8th vs Minnesota Knights-8th
12:30pm Team Iowa-7th vs Buffalo Lake Hector, MN-7th
2:15pm Team Iowa-6th vs Team Colorado, MN -6th
4:00pm Topeka Crush-8th vs St. Paul North Stars, MN-8th
5:45pm Team Iowa-8th vs Minnesota Knights-8th

Sunday 11/22 at Valley Stadium
9:00am Team Colorado-6th vs Buffalo Lake, MN-7th
10:45am Minnesota Knights-8th vs St. Paul North Stars-8th
12:30pm Topeka Crush-8th vs Team Iowa-8th
2:15pm Team Colorado-6th vs Team Iowa-7th

Go Team Iowa! Let's show our support getting all 3 Grade Levels to Las Vegas for the NUC Rising Stars - National Championship!!

 NUC Rising Stars - Plains Regional Information 

2015 NUC Rising Stars Bracket Update #2(11/16)

The 8th Grade coach talked with the tournament director and it sounds like the 8th grade Team Iowa could potentially have 2 games on Saturday (9:00 am, 5:45 pm) and 1 game Sunday (12:30 pm)...BUT we may have a new team entering late and we have requested to only have 1 game Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if possible. Stay tuned as we should have a FINAL schedule at 6:00 pm tonight for all Grade Levels!

2015 NUC Rising Stars Bracket Update #1 (11/11)

Don Patnode has informed the Team Iowa coaches that the 2015 NUC Rising Stars Brackets will be posted this Sunday (11/15) evening! We are less than a week away from the first round games being played and all of the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Team Iowa teams are hard at work preparing for the Plains Regional! Continue to monitor the NUC Rising Stars website for details...

 NUC Rising Stars website 

2015 Team Iowa Merchandise is available!

Congratulations to all of the players and families who made one of the Team Iowa football teams! Want to support each of our Team Iowa teams? No better way than to purchase and wear some fantastic Team Iowa gear! Given the short timeframes before our first games, the Team Iowa merchandise will be offered in 2 Phases...PHASE 1 will be items that take longer to prepare with PHASE 2 being items that can be turned around more quickly!
+ PHASE 1: Closed on October 29
+ PHASE 2: Closed on November 5
Use the link below to proceed to the website where you can order and pay for the merchandise to be delivered to your respective coach for distribution. Go Team Iowa!!

2015 8th Grade Team Iowa Roster has been announced!

Congratulations to all of the players who made the 2015 8th Grade Team Iowa roster! With over 50+ players trying out for the team, the talent level was extremely high and the decision of who would make the team and not make the team was difficult. For those players who did not make the team this year, THANK YOU for trying out and I am excited to see you grow and develop on your local High School teams. The roster this year once again is comprised of highly talented players from all across the State of Iowa. We have players from the following communities: Ankeny, Aurelia, Blue Grass, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Hiawatha, Hospers, Mt. Pleasant, Storm Lake, Story City, Traer, Urbandale, Waukon, West Des Moines, and Winterset! Congratulations to all of 8th Grade Team Iowa players! Now let's get to work on our path to a National Championship!!

2015 Team Iowa PADDED Tryout #3 (LAST) - Cedar Rapids

Our LAST 2015 Team Iowa PADDED Tryout will be October 10th in Cedar Rapids at the Metro Youth Football complex. Arrive early to register: 5th-8th Registration starting at 6:30 PM. Tryout will start promptly at 7:00 PM and completed by 8:30 PM. Please note that you are required to have your own equipment and will need to wear your NUC tryout shirt over your pads. Pass the word and see you there...Go Team Iowa!

 2015 Team Iowa Tryout Flyer 

2015 Team Iowa PADDED Tryout #2 - Holstein

Our 2nd 2015 Team Iowa PADDED Tryout will be October 3rd in Holstein at Ridge View HS. Arrive early to register: 5th-8th Registration starting at 6:30 PM. Tryout will start promptly at 7:00 PM and completed by 8:30 PM. Please note that you are required to have your own equipment and will need to wear your NUC tryout shirt over your pads. Pass the word and see you there...Go Team Iowa!

2015 Team Iowa PADDED Tryout #1 - West Des Moines

Our first 2015 Team Iowa PADDED Tryout will be September 26th in West Des Moines at Valley Stadium. Arrive early to register: 8th Grade Registration starts at 6:00 PM with 5th-7th Registration starting at 6:30 PM. Tryout will complete by 8:30 PM. Please note that you are required to have your own equipment and will need to wear your NUC tryout shirt over your pads. Pass the word and see you there...Go Team Iowa!

2015 Team Iowa PADDED Tryouts - **POSTPONED**

We orginally had padded tryouts scheduled for August 1st in Holstein, August 8th in Cedar Rapids, and August 15th in West Des Moines. We have heard from many families that they are unable to get equipment in time for the tryouts and thus we are postponing these padded tryouts until late September and early October. Stay tuned for updated dates and Good Luck with your league and school seasons!
As detail regarding the TEAM IOWA padded tryout are determined, we will update the details in the flyer below. Please note that for all PADDED tryouts you will need to work with your respective communities to solicit equipment for your player to use if you do not have your own. Pass the word!
  + September 26: West Des Moines (Padded)
  + October 3: Holstein (Padded)
  + October 10: Cedar Rapids (Padded)

2015 Team Iowa Unpadded Tryouts - **COMPLETE**

Team Iowa has completed all three unpadded Tryouts for the 2015 season. As coaches we were excited to see new and returning talent at all of the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades! Thank you players for attending these Tryouts and we look forward to seeing all of you at our PADDED tryouts being held at the end of September and early October!!
Unpadded Tryout Dates:
  + June 7: West Des Moines (Unpadded)
  + June 13: Holstein (Unpadded)
  + July 19: Cedar Rapids (Unpadded)

National Underclassmen Welcome Letter!!

Don Patnode, NUC Sports Youth Director, has sent a Welcome Letter to the Team Iowa Coaches that we want to share with everyone. Please find the letter in the link below.

 NUC Rising Stars Welcome Letter 

2015 Team Iowa Plans

We are happy to announce that the 6th Grade (Mike Thomas), 7th Grade (Tait Hines), and 8th Grade (Jason Katcher) Head Coaches have discussed with their respective coaches their National Championship tournament options and have determined that all Team Iowa teams, including a NEW 5th Grade team, will be playing in the NUC Rising Stars National Championship Tourney. National Underclassmen will be very similar to the FBU tournaments we have played in past years, but the tournament will we held over two weekends with the FINAL 8 teams in each age division meeting in Las Vegas to play for a National Championship! As more details are finalized we will make sure to share them with each of our teams! More information can be located at the NUC Rising Stars website. Go Team Iowa!

 NUC Rising Stars website 

8th Grade Team Iowa (**NOTICE**)

Team Iowa,
It is hard to believe that March is almost half over and Spring Break is here! I hope everyone has been enjoying the weather the past few days and maybe the excitement for the upcoming football season is starting to build…J…I know it is for me!! I wanted to send a quick message to bring everyone up to speed regarding our plans for the upcoming Team Iowa season! As some of you may have heard Mike Thomas and FBU have parted ways which leaves a few things in flux regarding the FBU tournament. I do expect FBU to reach out to me to discuss their plans for the 2015 tournament, combines, and camps. In the meantime, since Team Iowa has always been a separate entity in relationship to FBU, the 8th Grade Coaches and I are looking at other National Tournament possibilities to ensure we have options that will not break the bank and allow our players a forum on the National stage! I will keep everyone apprised of activities as we they get closer to being solidified, but one thing is for certain…we will make National Championship run as 8th Grade Team Iowa in 2015! Stay tuned for more details and Go Team Iowa!!
Jason Katcher
8th Grade Team Iowa Head Coach
Cell 515-720-1359

Team Iowa/2015/Changes...

Team Iowa Parents/Players 2014,
I wanted to thank all of you for your support to Team Iowa over the years. I am proud of what we have built in just 3 quick years. The relantionships our player and families have formed over these years will last a lifetime. I am very fortunate to be surrouned by great coaches that understand the philosophies of how to build and foster a great state program.
You may have received a email recently stating that I have parted ways with FBU. I wanted to let all of you know why I decided to make this decision. As many of you know that platform that FBU had built for a national tournament was a great one. Fbu contacted me 3 years ago because of my experience in hosting and running tournmaments of my own(WFC) here in Iowa. The idea of taking our state and placing it in a national tournament was very exciting to me in the beginning. Over these 3 years I have consistently offered my ideas and structure of what I do as a tourney director to FBU to help them fix the little things that I felt was needed to make it more succesful. Unfortunately they fell on deaf ears. Even though we enjoyed the competition that the FBU tourney had to offer, I was constantly unhappy with the return that FBU offered for the investment. I was hoping that things would get better as they fine tuned over the years, but after finishing up last year in another Final 4, I knew it had not. The increasing cost of team fees, lask of recognition through team awards, and the decline of travel stipens had actually gone in the wrong direction. The actual organization/logistics of last years final 4 was even worse. After taking this all into consideration I felt that I could no longer support where the FBUNC was going and decided to break ties with FBU and my position with them.
I have spoken with both Coach Katcher and Coach Hines and we all have agreed that we would like to keep Team Iowa going in the direction of its proven success. Coach Katcher and Hines will be reaching out to you to discuss your options for this fall very soon. Each existing team has their own right to go in whatever NC direction they want this fall. We will be engaging in the normal process of Team Iowa try-outs etc this fall and I plan to head up Team Iowa 6th Grade myself. I have already contacted another great National Tournament company that would like to bring a 8 state regional to Valley Stadium the middle of November, with the finals to be held in Las Vegas the first week in December. More on that will come on Team Iowa's website very soon. I will be placing Team Iowa 6th Grade in that Tournament as I know the Toruney Director very well and know that the cost vs the return will be 1/3 of what we have been investing.
One thing that Coach Katcher, Caoch Hines and myself all agree on is that TEAM IOWA stands alone and together we will make our own decisions on what tournamments in which we participate.
To my 2014 8th grade team that gave me some much pride in the last 3 years....Thank you and I will be following all of you through your high school careers.
To all returning teams, I wish you your continued success that you have already started and look forward to the new incoming 6th grade Team Iowa.
Please look for updates on Team Iowa on the website in the next couple of weeks.
Mike Thomas

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