At i9 Sports® we believe youth sports should be about more than skills and scores. While teaching kids to play the sport is important, we also develop player character by teaching sportsmanship values and celebrating players who demonstrate good sportsmanship. Not only do we want to help kids become better athletes, we want to help them become better people too. We believe it’s The Way Youth Sports Should Be.®
Playing a sport isn’t just important for a child’s physical development. When kids participate in sports, they learn valuable life lessons that are remembered long after the final whistle blows. Each week, we integrate one of our nine sportsmanship values into practice and game play across all age groups. When a coach teaches kids about respect or teamwork, those lessons positively impact their attitude in the classroom and at home. When we teach about enthusiasm or integrity, kids learn that encouraging others and doing the right thing is just as important as scoring a goal or winning the game. Teaching kids sportsmanship values is a key component of the i9 Sports Experience.
When a player best demonstrates the weekly sportsmanship value, we celebrate it! The player receives an i9 Sports Excellence in Sportsmanship medal, plus lots of cheers from players, coaches, parents and staff. It’s a big deal and it’s our favorite part of game day! To see what we mean, take a look at these snapshots and smiling faces from across the country. (Have a great photo to share with us? Email your favorite sportsmanship winner photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. )