A Multi Child Discount of $10.00 is automatically applied for additional children after initial registration in the same season (clinics excluded).
Final Registration Deadline: 5/17/2019 After this date, any remaining spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Important Program Details
Welcome to the 2019 Summer Season of i9 Sports Soccer! Games will be played at Avondale Middle School in Rochester Hills!
You will find that i9 Sports is an exciting alternative to other leagues, because we offer the features you value most:
***All Division have experienced, paid i9 instructors ready to assist, organize, and support our trained volunteers during practices and games.
- Unsurpassed organization and communication
- Emphasis on fun that places the kids' needs first
- Focus on basic skills, sportsmanship, team play and fairness
- Convenience (practices and games on the same day)
- Inclusiveness (balanced playing timefor every player, every game)
- Commitment to safety (mandatory certified background checkson all coaches)
- If there is enough girls that sign up, we will have an "All girls division" for the 3-4 yr old and 5-7 yr old groups. Otherwise all leagues will be co-ed.
League Format: Play is 5 on 5, with no intentional contact allowed. Teams are organized into divisions based on the age of the child. Teams will consist of 9-10 players each.
Practice: We encourage no more than one (1) practice per week, and for that practice to be held one hour prior to the game at the field, thus making it a once per week commitment for kids, parents, and coaches. Practice is usually held in an area near the playing field.
Equipment: The league provides each player with an official i9 Sports Soccer reversible jersey that your kids get to keep (the kids love the reversible jersey). Players may wear shorts or sweats of any type, as long as they do not have pockets or belt loops. Appropriate footwear includes football/soccer rubber cleats (no metal). Each player mustwear shin guards at all times during play.
Awards: Each week one kid from each team will be awarded an i9 Sportsmanship Medal for demonstrating the value for that week. All kids will receive an i9 Participation Medal. In addition, all kids on teams that win the i9 Bowl Playoff Tournament within their division will receive a trophy!
i9 Sports Soccer Curriculum by Age:
Pee Wee (ages 3-4) - At this age, playing soccer on a team is a new skill and we strive to make the experience fun for all, building confidence along the way. Our goal is to help our youngest players begin to understand the most important and fundamental soccer concepts such as: a) Gaining confidence to kick the ball during practices and games b) Kicking the ball with proper footing c) Using your feet, not your hands, to control the ball d) Passing and receiving e) Aiming and shooting at the correct goal
Players participate in a 20-30 minute practice, followed by a 30-40 minute game with another team. During the game, kids take turns bringing the ball up the field, playing offense/defense, and serving as goalie. Rotating through these positions help children learn more about how the game of soccer is a team sport. Our paid i9 instructors are readily available to work with trained volunteer parents at any time to offer support, practice suggestions, and run drills if needed.
By the end of the season, pee wee players have improved foot-work and are much braver and more confident to kick the soccer ball. But most importantly, players in the Pee Wee Division learn the basics about the game of soccer and how fun it is to be part of a soccer team.
Youth (ages 5-7) - At this age level, kids begin to play in more depth and our coaches are able to focus on more sophisticated soccer skill development. Kids in this age group have a better grasp of the basics of soccer, so more time is spent to deepen knowledge and sharpen form. In this division, we focus on teaching the following:
a) Kicking the ball with proper footing b) Passing and receiving the ball with good form c) The roles of offense and defense d) Performing throw-ins and sidekicks
Players participate in a 30-45 minute practice, followed by a 45-60 minute game with another team. During the game, kids take turns with their roles on the field while also serving as goalie. This division begins introducing the roles of offense and defense, as well. Our paid i9 instructors are readily available to work with trained volunteer parents at any time to offer support, practice suggestions, and run drills if needed.
By the end of the season, youth players have a better understanding of the game of soccer. Children in the Youth Division also develop a basic understanding of soccer positions, throw ins, sidekicks, rules, and the roles of offensive and defensive play.
Junior (ages 8-10) – Kids in this age group have a better grasp of the game of soccer, so more time is spent on proper terminology, sharpening form, and the strategies of offense and defense. Depending on the divisions, we have combined instructional practices or individual team practices where coaches work through basic to advanced drills. In this division, we focus on teaching the following:
a) Dribbling and shooting skills b) Passing strategies c) Goal kicks, sidekicks, and throw-ins d) Understanding the responsibilities of the offensive and defensive sides of the field e) Goaltending
Players participate in a 30-45 minute practice, followed by a 45-60 minute game with another team. During the game, kids take turns playing different positions on offense, as well as defense, and serving as goalie. Our paid i9 instructors are readily available to work with trained volunteer parents at any time to offer support, practice suggestions, and run drills if needed.
By the end of the season, junior players show improved dribbling skills, passing strategies, and kicking techniques. Junior Division players also begin to understand the roles of offense and defense, and apply that knowledge to their game.
Coaching Information: Coaching Information – At i9 Sports, we feel that having paid experienced instructors at every event is very important.This is unique to most other leagues.Our instructors come to every practice/game with a great deal of knowledge; not just about sports, but about kids.Many of our staff members teach elementary, middle, and/or high school in local school districts during the week and enjoy using their teaching experience on the weekends with i9 Sports.Other staff members have played sports at the college or professional levels and, still others, have worked with i9 Sports for so long that they know exactly the right strategy, drill, and/or technique to motivate any player.
Our AWESOME volunteer coaches are the “face of the teams!”They bring the teams together, help them practice, and are right there every step of the way during the season.Volunteer coaches are trained and background checked.They’re also provided with weekly, age-appropriate practice plans to make their coaching experience organized, fun, and stress-free!And, of course, volunteer coaches always have an experienced i9 Sports staff member nearby for support, if needed, during practices or game time.
"The very friendly staff members, the main objective of the program that is having fun for the kids!"
Edith S.(October 2018)
"Very well run and the programs are perfect for the age groups"
Heather S.(October 2018)
"I think it is a great opportunity to have for boys and girls to learn skills and enjoy playing games as well. I like that we have the practice and game on the same day which is convenient for busy families. Great that it has a bit of competition yet not overwhelming for young players. I have two ... Read More
Michelle W.(June 2017)
"I love that there is an employee that sort of leads everything and they are SO energetic and perfect for the job. The coach volunteers are amazing as well and I love that you guys give out medals because sometimes a child just needs to be noticed in that way and it will change their day. I have se ... Read More
Danielle R.(June 2017)
"I like the the noncompetitive, learning- oriented philosophy. I also like other things we don't see in other leagues like friendly- paid- coaches- consistent game times, once a week commitment, one location, access to restrooms. "