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i9 Sports

East Oakland County, MI

Offering youth sports programs in Rochester, Lake Orion, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield

Chris Novak - Program Director

Chris Novak has over 10 years’ experience managing youth sports programs for Michigan families across Oakland and Macomb County. i9 Sports is a year-round program unlike no other, where we pride ourselves in promoting a FUN, structured, and encouraging environment for kids ages 3-14. Our focus is on teaching the young athletes fundamentals of the game, healthy competition, and good sportsmanship! Our coaches and staff are background checked and trained to provide progressive instruction plans designed by the pros. We currently offer soccer, t-ball, coach pitch, flag football, basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse!

Years ago, Chris, took a leap of faith when he quit his job as a CPA and opened his first i9 Sports program in Rochester, MI. With the help and support of his family (wife Jackie and 3 kids, brothers John and Tom, father Mike, and sister-in-law Stacie) and many i9 team members, your local i9 Sports has successfully created a positive family-friendly experience for everyone!
MVP Club
2013
MVP Club
Franchise Of The Year
2013
Franchise Of The Year
MVP Club
2012
MVP Club
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4/6/2020
A message from Program Director Chris Novak (Rochester, Lake Orion, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield)
With the Summer weather right around the corner, our indoor and outdoor Summer leagues will be filling up.  If you will be playing indoor, that means that we are limited in availability, so register today to save a spot! ***Fall leagues are also available if the Summer is SOLD OUT! ... Read More
1/16/2019
A message from Program Director Chris Novak (Rochester, Lake Orion, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield)
Do you love being around children and teaching core values such as FUN, respect, and  being a team player? Are you skilled at the art of giving a “high-five?” If you answered yes to these questions, you fit the criteria we look for in our best volunteer coaches and will love coaching ... Read More
1/16/2019
A message from Program Director Chris Novak (Rochester, Lake Orion, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield)
Are you looking for things to do at home with your little athlete, but not sure exactly what to do.  Check out our At-Home Drill Cards for inspiration.  These cards give instruction, age range, how many people and equipment needed.  They are just a starting point so feel free to make ... Read More
1/16/2019
A message from Program Director Chris Novak (Rochester, Lake Orion, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield)
http://i9 Sports loves the hustle and bustle of game day – the kids laughing, the coaches instructing and the parents positive words of encouragement! To keep the atmosphere a positive place, we have every parent sign the parental pledge! http://Why? 31% of kids wished adults weren’t watching ... Read More
1/1/2019
A message from Program Director Chris Novak (Rochester, Lake Orion, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield)
We're excited to offer our i9 Sports families sporting options all year round! Please see below for a list of most of the programs we offer throughout the year!  Locations include Royal Oak, Rochester, West Bloomfield, Lake Orion, Clarkston, Shelby Township, Utica, and Chesterfield ... Read More
4/16/2020
A message from i9 Sports
Kids have some pretty hilarious, smart, and interesting things to say. We created this fun list of questions for you to ask your kids and hear their thoughts. It's guaranteed to provide some laughs and lots of fun. We look forward to seeing what they say, especially to question #8. That's ... Read More
2/3/2020
A message from i9 Sports
“While some of our Senior leagues might offer a boys or girls-only league for a more competitive offering, we recommend kids play coed sports under the age of 10,” said Alli Wentzell, Director of Sports Programming and Education at i9 Sports.  Learn more about why we play coed in our ... Read More
11/18/2019
A message from i9 Sports
Trying a sport for the first time can be challenging for any kid. Feeling confident about where to stand, when to shoot and what to do can be tough, especially for a child with autism.   But with the help of an encouraging basketball coach and a positive atmosphere at i9 Sports, 11-year-old Zenaiya's ... Read More
8/13/2019
A message from i9 Sports
We want to help kids find a sport or multiple sports they love, but we also want it to remain a fun game with friends! Find out more about why trying and playing multiple sports is an integral part of our programming on our newest blog post! ... Read More
7/5/2019
A message from i9 Sports
We understand that kids learn differently at every age. Through our age-appropriate programming, we’ve designed a curriculum for kids to master sports skills, build confidence, develop a love of sports and have fun! Learn more about how we design our sports programming to fit your child’s ... Read More
REVIEWS
Why Do Parents Love i9 Sports?


"Friendly environment and stuffing are great with the kids!"


"Soccer as a coach I felt like I had nothing to do because your staff took over everything. Not impressed. We decided we would try one more season of i9 sports and do Basketball to keep our kids busy. The coaches are AMAZING. My 2 love going and getting to watch them play and learn is great! "


"Everyone is friendly. The program is well organized"


"The volunteer coach/parents do a wonderful job. Your employees help them run the programs well. I would like to suggest that you have the coaches discuss the sportsmanship trait of the week at the beginning and end of each game day. My son won a medal at basketball one week, and he had no clue
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"I really appreciate the fun these coaches bring. My daughter hates competition, so she has not been willing to attempt any sport. I was able to tell her this does not involve playing other teams, so she gave it a try. She has loved the positive experience and has not been shy about getting in t
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