i9 Sports offers flag football leagues in communities across the nation as an alternative to tackle specifically for families who want the benefits of involving their kids in one of America’s favorite sports without the same dangerous risks that can lead to head injuries.
“i9 Sports is proud to be a leader in raising national awareness about safety in youth sports,” i9 Sports President and CEO Brian Sanders said. “Flag football has become a popular choice for parents across the country, even those that played tackle football themselves, because it offers the benefits of learning the game but with less risk of injury.”
In the game of flag football, Teams run or pass the ball down field in order to score a touchdown.The primary difference in flag is that it is a “no contact” game.Instead of tackling the ball carrier, defensive players attempt to pull the flags off the ball carrier’s belt.
While concussions are a serious issue, don’t let your apprehension keep your child away from the fun of the game.Youth sports help kids stay fit, build character and develop skills they will use the rest of their lives.
“Parents should look to non-contact sports, especially for children under age 12,” advises Keith Smith, former cornerback for the NFL’s Detroit Lions and owner of an i9 Sports franchise in the Atlanta, GA area. “Let them develop their skills without the risk of injury from tackling and head to head collisions.”