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 T-Ball, Coach Pitch, and Jr Baseball. Games will be played at Clarkston Community Church in Clarkson.
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)
***NOTE: For ages 3-6, we play all our baseball games on "painted" grass fields. The fields are painted to replicate that of a real baseball diamond and are used as a safety precaution in that the grass slows the ball speed and bounce of the ball thus preventing injuries and helps with fielding compared to the dirt diamonds at the younger age levels. We wanted to share this info with you, in case you were expecting the little ones to play on official baseball diamonds. We typically start the kids on the real baseball diamonds in our 7-9 yr old group.
League Format: Play is 8 on 8. Teams are organized into divisions based on the age of the child. Teams will consist of 8-10 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 Baseball reversible jersey and hat that your kids get to keep (the kids love the reversible jersey). Official i9 Sport bats, baseballs, and helmets will be supplied each game. Players may wear shorts or sweats of any type, Appropriate footwear includes baseball/soccer rubber cleats (no metal). Players are to also bring their own baseball glove to the field.
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 Baseball Curriculum by Age:
Pee Wee (ages 3-4) – T-Ball: At this age, playing baseball on a team is a new skill and we strive to make the experience fun for all! Our goal is to help these players begin to understand the most important and fundamental baseball concepts such as:
a) Catching and throwing a baseball b) Hitting a baseball off a tee c) Running the bases
Our paid i9 instructors and trained volunteer parents work alongside each child, every week, participating in an apporximate 20 minute practice, followed by a 40 minute game (2-3 innings with another team). During the game, everyone has opportunities to play different positions and bat during every inning. This organization helps young players gain experience about how the game of baseball works. By the end of the season, pee wee players show improvement in hitting, catching, running, and throwing. But most importantly, they learn how to be team players - working with their coaches and teammates to have fun along the way!
Youth (ages 5-6) - Coach-Pitch Transition: At this age, we build on fundamental baseball skills and continue teaching kids how to have fun while being part of a team. This age group is also instrumental in helping children better understand the game of baseball. Most children are able to apply practiced instruction into their game, showing rapid skill development. Our goal is to help players improve in areas such as:
a) Catching and throwing a baseball b) Hitting a baseball from a coach consistently c) Running the bases d) Fielding ground balls e) Understanding the role of different positions on the field
Our paid i9 instructors and trained volunteer parents work alongside each child, every week, participating in an approximate 30-45 minute practice, followed by a 45-60 minute game (2-3 innings with another team). During the game, everyone has opportunities to play different positions and bat during every inning. This rotation structure helps children begin to learn the basics and importance of each position. In this division, each child is given 4-5 pitches to hit the ball pitched by a coach. If the batter does not hit the ball, a tee is brought out for support. This ensures each player has experience to contact the ball every time he/she is at bat. We do keep track of outs if a runner is tagged or thrown out, however every child bats and plays the field each inning despite how many outs are made. By the end of the season, youth players show improved hitting, catching, running, throwing, and teamwork skills.
Junior (ages 7-9) - Coach-Pitch Baseball Leagues (certain locations):At this age, we continue to build on fundamental baseball skills; teaching kids both the offensive and defensive sides of the game. At this level, kids begin to play in more depth and our coaches are able to focus on more sophisticated skill development. We focus on teaching kids the following:
a) Catching and throwing a baseball b) Hitting a baseball from a coach consistently c) Running the bases d) Fielding ground balls e) Catching fly balls f) Understanding the different positions on the field g) Turning double plays h) Understanding how “outs” work in relation to an inning
Our paid i9 instructors and trained volunteer parents work alongside each child, every week, participating in an approximate 30 minute practice, followed by a 60 minute game with another team. During the game, the ball will be pitched from one of our instructors and/or coaches. Teams normally range from 7-10 kids per team. The offense will hit until either 3 outs or 5 runs per inning. The batter will receive a maximum of 6 pitches or swinging strikes from his/her coach.
By the end of the season, junior players show improved hitting, catching, running, throwing, and teamwork skills. Children in the Junior Division also develop a deeper understanding of baseball positions, rules, and roles of offensive and defensive play.
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.
Games are played: Outdoors
Restrooms: Available on premises
Seating: Please bring a chair as there are no bleachers/seating at this location
"I love how there is a new lesson to learn each week whether it be positivity, sportsmanship, teamwork, etc, this is really great for the kids to learn! It’s not always about winning, in fact, it’s how the game is supposed to be played! Breaking the rules down and learning step by step. Smaller gro ... Read More
Alex M.(June 2019)
"I like the communication."
Kim W.(October 2018)
"The convenience and the values taught to the children."
Jillian S.(June 2019)
"Everything! I feel like you are so organized and always keeping parents informed! The coaches and i9 staff are always so very helpful and patient with all the kids. "