i9 Sports

East Columbus, OH

Offering youth sports programs in Columbus, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington

James Houston - Program Director

Office: 614-467-4686

Weather Hotline: 614-341-7016

Email: james.houston@i9sports.com

I grew up intimidated to play sports because I got a late start due to living overseas. One day, I put my reservations aside and went out for the High School Baseball team as a junior. I ended up making the team and once I did, I always regretted not getting involved sooner. I only got 2 years out of a sport I loved because I was afraid I wouldn't get the opportunity to play.

When I started my kids in i9 Sports, I felt a bond to this program, because I knew kids like me had a home. A place where every child, regardless of experience or skill level, will get the opportunity to play the sport they choose. Where you learn about sportsmanship and that “it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game” isn’t just a saying, but part of the i9 Sports vision. I knew this was more than a potential career, it was a calling.

My #1 goal is that your child will learn the sport, enjoy healthy competition and have a whole lot of FUN. i9 Sports really is how youth sports should be!
Find A Program Near You
A message from Program Director James Houston (Columbus, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington)
Our fast growing instructional soccer program is back for the Spring of 2015.  The registration deadline has passed but we still have some open spots in some age divisions. Where?:  Gahanna (Academy Park) and Pickerington (Sycamore Park) Who?:  Co-Ed ages 3-10 When?:  Sunday ... Read More
A message from Program Director James Houston (Columbus, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington)
Basketball at Gahanna Christian Academy - starts January 17th.  Ages 5-12.  We will play Saturday afternoon/evening.  Sign up by November 7th to save $10 off the regular season rate. Indoor instructional soccer at Four Seasons Sports- starts January 18th.  Ages 3-10.  Time ... Read More
A message from Program Director James Houston (Columbus, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington)
FALL REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY AUGUST 15TH! Secure your spot for the best rate today! Instructional Soccer  Flag Football Join us for the Fun!!  Uniforms and awards are included, sibling discount $10, no fundraisers! ... Read More
A message from Program Director James Houston (Columbus, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington)
I hope you are having a great summer!  I wanted to announce some great news about our Fall 2014 instructional soccer program at Academy Park in Gahanna! Amanda Pride will be the lead instructor for the Fall soccer program.  Amanda holds a bachelor's degree from Miami University ... Read More
A message from Program Director James Houston (Columbus, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington)
Fall registration deadline is Friday, August 15th!  SECURE YOUR SPOT AT THE BEST RATE TODAY!  Instructional Soccer  Flag Football UNIFORMS & AWARDS INCLUDED, SIBLING DISCOUNT OF $10, NO FUNDRAISERS!  ... Read More
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
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
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
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
Why Do Parents Love i9 Sports?


"I like that the practice and the games are on the same day. I like that you offer Sunday afternoon opportunities. The program is well organized. I like that the coaches have a focus for each week. Kids get great playing time and learn the basics of the sports. "

"It is very well organized and they teach skills in a manner where the kids get it. The coaching staff for volleyball is great. They are high energy college age and the kids look up to them. "

"Fun way to learn a sport. Gives a chance to see if my girls enjoy the sport and want to continue at a reasonable cost "

"The programs are geared towards kids of all ability levels. "