i9 Sports: Youth Sports Leagues Near Me
By focusing on age appropriate instruction that's fun for kids and convenient for today's busy families, i9 Sports is redefining youth sports across the country.
i9 Sports® offers an alternative to the hyper-competitive, win-at-all-cost culture that pervades most kid's sports leagues today. Through the Sports Experience, we offer families age appropriate instruction that's both fun for kids and convenient for busy families.
What is i9 Sports?
i9 Sports® is the nation's first and largest youth sports league franchise business in the United States. With over 1.5 million registrations in communities from New York to Hawaii, we offer youth sports leagues, camps and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-14 in today's most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball and baseball.
-- Age-appropriate instruction emphasizing sportsmanship and healthy competition.
-- All skill levels welcome – No tryouts. No drafts.
-- Everyone plays – every game.
-- No fundraisers or mandatory volunteering.
-- One day per week – practice is conveniently scheduled prior to the game.
-- Trained officials at every game.
-- "When in Doubt Sit Out" Concussion Safety Policy and education for parents and coaches system-wide.
o Named #1 Children's Fitness Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine
o Ranked in the prestigious Franchise 500® issue the past six years
o Listed among INC Magazine's 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for the past four years
o Received Franchise Business Review's Top 50 in Franchise Satisfaction Award for four years in a row
We're best known for making smiles, but we also produce pats on the back, cheers, and good sportsmanship. While we offer flag football, basketball, soccer, t-ball and other sports for kids ages 3 to 14, we provide an incomparable experience that goes far beyond the game. Franchise opportunities are available.
THE i9 SPORTS EXPERIENCE
To achieve our mission of helping kids succeed in life through sports, i9 Sports® provides a youth sports experience unlike any other teaching the importance of good sportsmanship on the field and in life. We believe the value we provide must go far beyond the sport itself. It must be about more than the rules of the game. About more than who plays what position. About more than the score. We focus on how the game is played, how much fun we can make it for the kids, and how easy we can make it for the parents.
For Kids: We provide a fun experience where kids learn athletic skills, good sportsmanship, and increase their self-esteem.
For Parents: We provide a convenient, well organized program that doesn't consume their family's life.
THE WAY YOUTH SPORTS SHOULD BE ®
At the end of the day, it's not the sport that makes the difference. It's the experience you and your child have at the game that makes a lasting impact. That's why we operate our leagues very differently. More specifically, our programs are built around a 5-point customer experience we call The i9 Sports Experience.
The i9 Sports League Experience is defined as:
1. Superior Organization & Communication
We believe in creating a youth sports experience that's positive and stress-free for the whole family.
Professional management of all programs – someone is always in-charge
Proactive communication - you always know when and where you need to be
24/7 online access to latest schedules, standings, and statistics
Flexibility to accommodate "buddy" requests on teams
We believe in making participation in an i9 Sports program easily fit into a family's busy schedule.
Easy registration online or by phone through our Customer Service Center
Once a week practices on game day, at same location
No mandatory fundraisers or concession duties
3. A Safe, Supportive Environment
We believe your child's safety is paramount. As such, i9 Sports is not only a leader in raising national awareness about safety in youth sports and specifically, concussion safety, we strive to ensure that "safe play" is enforced.
Instruction by coaches screened with criminal background check
Trained officials at every game
"i9 Sports Parental Pledge" which prohibits sideline negativity
"i9 Sports Coaches Pledge" creating a culture of teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship
"When in Doubt, Sit Out" Concussion Safety Policy
No heading allowed in our soccer programs
4. Instruction in Skills & Good Sportsmanship
We believe that learning to play the game is only half the equation. Helping children develop character is the other half. i9 Sports supports healthy competition and believes that every child should be both encouraged and given the opportunity to make the most of his/her abilities.
Age appropriate instruction in game fundamentals
Weekly sportsmanship value taught and award given on each team
Emphasis on fair play vs. score of the game
5. Focus on Fun
We believe that the primary reason children play sports is to have fun. They love mastering new skills, developing friendships, and healthy competition. We avoid spoiling the fun by focusing more on skills development and enjoyment of the game than on the score.
Equal playing time regardless of talent level
No tryouts or drafts
THE i9 SPORTS PARENTAL PLEDGE
Team sports are one of the best ways to help children develop physically and emotionally. Youth sports develop life skills, promote a healthy lifestyle, and increase self-esteem. Unfortunately, as many as 50% of youth will quit organized sports by age 12 because of too much pressure and competition.
A survey* among youth athletes revealed that 84% say at one time they quit a team or wanted to quit. When asked why:
47% said because "it wasn't any fun"
29% said some teammates were mean
23% said there were too many practices that interfered with other activities
Also, 31% wished adults weren't watching their games – they said mostly because adults yell too much, are too distracting, make players nervous and put pressure on them to play better and win.
That's why we ask you, as a parent with a strong influence on our young players' experience, to take this pledge and help us make sure they have a fun, enjoyable i9 Sports® Experience!
* Source: 2012 i9 Sports Association, national survey of children, ages 8-14, who play team sports.
i9 Sports for Kids: What Sports?
i9 Sports® provides youth sports leagues, camps and clinics for boys and girls ages 3 and up in today's most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. Our age appropriate curriculum allows your child to learn the sport, develop skills, and most of all have fun! In all of our programs we teach sportsmanship so that kids can learn not just the game but skills that will help them succeed in life. After all, that's The Way Youth Sports Should Be®!