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: 6/7/2019 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 Flag Football! Games will be played at Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield.
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)
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 7-10 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 Flag Football reversible jersey and flag belt 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, and as long as they are not red/orange. Appropriate footwear includes football/soccer rubber cleats (no metal). Each player must use a mouth guard at all times during play.
Awards: Each player will receive an i9 Sportsmanship Award during the season. These awards are given to a few players each week for demonstrating the "sportsmanship value" for that week (all players will receive one by the end of the season). In addition to the Sportsmanship Award, all players will receive a super cool, end of the season "Personalized, Sport Specific i9 Medal."
i9 Sports Flag Football Curriculum by Age:
Pee Wee (ages 4-6) – At this age, playing football on a team is a new skill and we strive to make the experience fun for all! Depending on the divisions, we have combined instructional practices or individual team practices where coaches work through basic to advanced drills. Our goal is to help our youngest players begin to understand the most important and fundamental flag football concepts such as:
a) End zones and out of bounds b) How offensive positions work c) Basic plays d) Techniques to properly pull a flag belt e) Strategies to run and throw a football
Players participate in an approximate 30 minute practice, followed by a 60 minute game with another team. During the game, everyone has opportunities to play different positions and make contact with the football. This helps players gain experience and learn about the basics of football. Our paid i9 instructors are also 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 show improved passing, catching, and teamwork strategies. Most importantly, players in the Pee Wee Division learn that being a part of a team and playing flag football is FUN!
Junior (ages 7-9)&Senior (10 +) - At this age level, kids begin to play in more depth and our coaches are able to focus on more sophisticated skill development. Kids in this age group have a better grasp of the game of football, so there are few different rules in this division. More intricate passing plays are used and the defense is allowed to blitz. 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) The role and purpose of offensive positions b) More developed plays – passing the ball, not just handing off c) Techniques to properly pull a flag belt d) Strategies to run and throw a football with good form e) More advanced rules for offense and defense f) Offensive and defensive formations
Players participate in a 30 minute practice, followed by a 60 minute game with another team. During the game, everyone has opportunities to play different positions and make contact with the football. This helps players gain experience and learn about the importance of each position on a football team. Our paid i9 instructors are also 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 and senior players show improved throwing, passing, catching, and teamwork strategies. Most importantly, players in these divisions really begin to understand the game of football like never before!
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.
Games are played: Outdoors
Equipment Sold At Field: $3 Mouth Guard
Restrooms: Available on premises
Seating: Please bring a chair as there are no bleachers/seating at this location
"How each child gets the chance to learn and play at every game! I am very pleased and my "difficult" to please son is loving flag football'"
Melissa R.(April 2015)
"We love i9 and our boys have done multiple seasons!! We continue to go back because the owners are awesome and our kids love going!"
Jessica F.(January 2017)
"Organized. Friendly. Helpfull. Prompt. Thorough. Focuses on fun and equality"
Jeffrey M.(October 2017)
"Very well organized. Always start on time and coaches are invested in the kids and seem to genuinely enjoy coaching. My son has enjoyed baseball and now flag football."
Matthew P.(February 2015)
"Practice and game the same day... love it! The coaches are approachable, encouraging and knowledgeable... the staff is wonderful as well. My son started 2 weeks late and his teammates has been wonderful "