Program Details- Welcome to i9 Sports 2019 Fall Soccer! Games will be held at Eagle Creek Academy in Lake Orion!
- 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 8-10 players.
- Practices are conveniently held on game day - just prior to the game.
- 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.
(PRACTICE & GAME)
| 3 - 4
||60 - 75 minutes
||5 on 5
||75 - 90 minutes
||5 on 5
||5 on 5
- An official i9 Sports® Reversible Soccer Jersey is provided and included in your fee
- Players may wear shorts or sweatpants (No pockets or belt loops)
- Rubber cleats or sneakers (No metal spikes)
- Shin Guards are required 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 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
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 – 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.