PROGRAM DETAILS: The i9 Sports Flag Football League is a fun based, recreational program that provides equal playing time to all athletes. The program is not highly competitive, rather our focus is on fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Each week, your child will be led by Volunteer Head/Assistant Coaches as they conduct weekly practices. Ideally, each team will have at least one Volunteer Head Coach and one Volunteer Assistant Coach (usually parents, but other family members are welcome as well).
If you would like to volunteer, you DO NOT need any prior coaching experience. We provide detailed practice plans and weekly step-by-step instructions to lead your child’s team and the Staff Instructor will always be on site as a resource to help whenever needed. You may fill out the Volunteer application here: https://www.i9sports.com/VolunteerSteps/VolunteerApplication/ Our Volunteers also receive credits to future programs, the more seasons you’ve coached, the bigger your credit!
PROGRAM FORMAT: EVERYONE PLAYS EQUAL TIME AND MULTIPLE POSITIONS!
Most teams will have 6-11 players. We assign players to teams 2-4 weeks prior to opening day and will communicate your schedule approximately 1 week prior to opening day. Players from the same school are placed on the same team where possible while keeping teams in balance for size/age/experience.
The number of players registered and the number of parent volunteers we have in each age group will determine how many teams we have each season. If we have more volunteers, we can make more teams! Team count determines game format:
League (4 or more Teams) - Each week, players will have practice followed by a game. Standings will be kept, and teams will play a new team most weeks. For League play, a minimum of ONE Volunteer Coach on each team is required (TWO is preferred).
Saturday 4/13 - Land O Lakes Community Center
Saturday 4/20 - Seven Springs Middle School
Sunday 4/27 - Ben Hill Middle School
Saturday 5/5 - Oldsmar Sports Complex
Saturday 5/11 - Land O Lakes Community Center
Saturday 5/18 - Seven Spring Middle School
Saturday 5/25 - Ben Hill Middle School
DIVISIONS AND TEAMS: Players are assigned to teams according to their age/school/size/experience. Your child may play UP in a more advanced age division upon parent request. Simply make a note in the “Special Requests” section of the registration form and we will accommodate when possible. We do NOT put players in a lower age division to ensure the safety of the younger players. Exceptions may be made on a very limited basis in the case where a child is extremely small for his or her age.
BUDDY REQUESTS: We will accommodate buddy requests whenever possible. Simply note any friends you’d like on the same team at the time of registration. Players will be placed in the age division of the OLDEST player of the group. For example, if you have 4 players, ages 9, 9, 10, and 11, they will play in the (10-12) age group. For the safety of our players, we do not play older players in younger divisions.
If you have a group of 5 or more players, we require at least one volunteer assistant coach from your group to guarantee that they’ll play together. If your group size is too large compared to the other teams in your division, we reserve the right to divide into multiple teams. Other players may be placed on your team until it reaches the maximum number of players for your sport.
If buddy requests cause a drastic imbalance in the skill level of one team, the instructor may balance teams to improve overall gameplay. The Instructor may either adjust playing time or request that players switch teams to ensure a great experience for everyone.
TIMES: Detailed schedules will be emailed and available to you online 7-10 days before opening day. For example, if the program you are interested in is listed with a start time between 9am and 3pm, the schedule may look like the following:
Any schedule changes will be communicated via email, please ensure that you have subscribed to our emails and that your SPAM filters are not filtering important information.
CANCELLATIONS: Mother Nature will occasionally require us to cancel a day either due to poor weather conditions or poor field conditions (wet fields can be unsafe, even if rain has stopped). Whenever possible, weather related cancellations will result in the addition of a make-up day at end of the season. If a make-up is not possible, we will issue a one time $15 credit on your account to be used for a future season. If additional cancellations are required during the season, we will try to make-up games, but it may not be possible. In such a case, we will offer a discount towards a future season, but no refunds will be issued.
AWARDS: Each week, at least one child from each team will be awarded an i9 Sports Sportsmanship Medal for demonstrating the value for that week. In addition, all children in the super peewee and peewee divisions and division champions in the junior and senior divisions will receive a trophy.
HEAD COACHES: These are VOLUNTEERS (usually parents) who have agreed to participate with our program. They will lead weekly practices and administer weekly sportsmanship medals. All coaches undergo a background check to ensure your child’s safety.
ASSISTANT COACHES: These are VOLUNTEERS (usually parents) who have agreed to participate with our program. They will assist the head coach and/or instructor with weekly practices and administer weekly sportsmanship medals. All coaches undergo a background check to ensure your child’s safety.
SEATING: Please bring a chair as there is no seating provided at most locations. A sun shade is recommended for all outdoor programs.
ON-SITE MANAGERS: Always available on site to assist you with program start times, field/team assignments, picture pick up, and anything else you need!
SCHEDULES: Your schedule, field assignment, opponent, and jersey color can be viewed anytime throughout the season if you log into your account at www.i9sports.com. Schedules may vary from week-to-week, please log into your account every week to ensure that you arrive at the correct time.
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