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: 8/2/2019 After this date, any remaining spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Important Program Details
Program Details- Welcome to i9 Sports 2019 Fall Baseball! Games will be held at Avondale Middle School in Rochester Hills!
7 Week Schedule - Including an opening day "Jamboree"
All Division have experienced, paid i9 instructors ready to assist, organize, and support our trained volunteers during practices and games.
Everybody plays. Every game!
There are No Tryouts, No Drafts, No Fundraisers, and No Mandatory Volunteering!
Teams are organized in divisions based on the age of the child. Teams consist of 7-10 players.
Practices are conveniently held on game day - just prior to the game.
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.
(PRACTICE & GAME)
3 - 4
60 - 75 minutes
Players will hit off a batting tee.
5 - 6
75 - 90 minutes
The coach will throw 3 pitches
or a batting tee is used until
the player hits the ball in fair territory.
The coach will throw pitches until player hits the ball in fair territory or the batter strikes out.
An official i9 Sports® Reversible Baseball Jersey and Hat is provided and included in your fee
Players may wear Baseball pants, shorts or sweatpants (optional for 3-6 year old divisions)
Rubber cleats or sneakers (No metal spikes) (optional for 3-6 year old divisions)
A Baseball glove is required (recommended 9 - 9 1/2")
You may use your own batting helmet and T-Ball bat (or use our equipment)
Protective cups are recommended
7-9 year old Division Mandatory Equipment:
Catcher's equipment to be provided
Required - jock strap for boys
Baseball pants are suggested as kids will learn sliding
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
"The support from team members on site and that practices are on game days. That provides for a great experience for the kids. "
James C.(August 2019)
"My son has been playing sports with I9 for over 4 years and most of our experiences have been overwhelmingly positive and my son has learned a lot. I like that the programs are designed to be instructional and fun. In some instances relying on parent volunteers that sometimes have limited knowle ... Read More
Karen K.(June 2019)
"Well organized and inclusive for the young kids!"
Declan C.(August 2019)
"I love that the practices are immediately followed by game play, all on one day. "
Colleen G.(June 2019)
"Great communication to parents and child interaction to learn the game. "