Program Polices, Procedures, and General Information



  • Instill values and Influence character development.
  • Instill value of education and enhance academic achievement.
  • Develop individual and team fundamental skills.
  • Prepare for high school and college.
  • Provide fun experience and memories.



The Dubuque Dream Center believes in the promotion of more than just basketball. We expect our players to view themselves at STUDENT Athletes who display Character.

D.D.C. Intensity Club Basketball seeks to instill and influence responsibility, respect, and representing Dream Center values for the team, organization, coaches, and families. the team, organization, coaches, and families.

The Club also seeks to instill the value of education in each student to assist students in maximizing their individual academic potential.

We recognize that students will be at different levels and developmental stages; socially, academically, and in their basketball skills. Therefore, we make an effort to place each student in an environment that creates a feeling of self-worth, self-confidence & achievement.



We understand that part of influencing character development and the value of education in students requires utilizing strategies that provide extra Motivation.

The extra motivation we utilize is the participation, playing time, or performance opportunities we provide to students through games/athletic competition in Club Sports and/or performance opportunities through Performing Arts. We call these opportunities SPARKS, that assist in motiving students towards Academic Achievement and Character Development.

Emphasis is also placed on sportsmanship, teamwork and hard work with winning as a result not the focus.

PLAY Hard! // PLAY Smart! // PLAY Together! // HAVE Fun!

  • Students also, must be present in school in order to attend practice or games. No school no practice or games! Exceptions should be approved by coaches.
  • Any player suspended from school cannot participate in Intensity practices, games, or activities. This includes encounters in community outside of school or with law enforcement or authorities.
  • Student Athletes are expected to progress through STAGES of basketball skill player development through instruction and guidance from their coaches.
  • This will require focus in practice, hard work in practice, and displaying a respectful attitude to maximize player development instructions.


Stages is a Player Development System we utilize to evaluate players and place them on a League or Tournament Team.

  • Coaches will evaluate players through Individual workouts, practices and game situations.
  • Our goal is to place players on a team with other players of similar ages and abilities, in order to ensure a comfortable playing experience.
  • Players will be evaluated at their grade level and STAGE of Development.
  • If numbers permit, 2 or more teams can be developed at each grade level. [However, at this time, the D.D.C. is only establishing (1) one team per grade.]

League* vs Tournament Team

  • All D.D.C. students will have equal opportunity for participation, training, and fun on our Club Basketball Teams.
  • However, students will be trained and assessed to determine their level of development. This System of Development is called STAGES.
  • Stages allow coaches to measure whether a student is at a Developmental or Advanced STAGE in their skill set for each activity.
  • Player Development Assessments through STAGES will determine whether a player participates in Leagues or Tournaments. Students that are at Developmental Stages will participate in Leagues only. Players at Advanced Levels will participate in Leagues and Tournaments.

Developmental Level

  • Players that are at Developmental Levels means a player is still learning the basic skills and how to apply those skills in a competitive game situation. Developmental Players will participate on League Teams only.
  • Parents and players will receive visual updates that help parents and players visibly understand the STAGE their child is at presently and what is needed to progress towards the necessary skills to execute the basics and advance towards Tournament Team levels.

Advanced Level

  • Players that are at Advanced Levels means a player has the ability to execute basic skills in a competitive game situation.
  • Advanced Level players will begin the process of Player Development skill training and tactics to prepare for High School and College Level competition.
  • Advance Level players will participate in Leagues to continue individual and team development and competitive Tournaments to begin the process of preparing for High School and College level competition and receive exposure to College Recruits.
  • Parents and players will receive visual updates and examples to assist in understanding the skills necessary to be identified as an Advanced Level Player.

*All 1st and 2nd Grade Players are League Teams only.

Dubuque Dream Center Intensity Basketball Guide