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August 12, 2019
Trying Multiple Sports is Critical to Child Development
Sports sampling means trying and playing multiple sports, and it isn’t just something that we like to talk about. It’s an integral part of our programming for boys and girls of all ages. We believe that kids develop better when they’re able to try multiple sports and various positions to discover what they like.
 
Aiden, an i9 Sports parent from Sugar Land, Texas says, “This is a great way to try multiple sports to see what the kids might want to pursue further in the future.”
 
We believe sports sampling offers young athletes the best way to develop physically and mentally for a sport they may focus on later in life. However, we also know that only 2% of all kids who play sports in high school will get any form of an athletic scholarship to play in college, and only .1% will go on to play professionally.1 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!
 
Michael from Rochester, Michigan believes i9 Sports offers kids the best opportunity to explore new sports without performance pressure as well all the opportunity to play a sport just for fun.
 
“i9 Sports gives children a place to try a sport or multiple sports before they narrow down to the sport or sports they really want to focus on,” he said.
 
A child may be hesitant to try a sport for the first time for fear of failure or embarrassment. Removing the win-at-all-costs mentality gives children the freedom to learn a new sport. Building confidence will help them grow mentally and physically.
 
“It’s hard to find a league that kids can try out a new sport or switch around,” said Renee Esses.
 
Our programs are designed to be convenient for parents and families which makes it easier for kids to sample multiple sports. Our leagues only require one day a week with practices held before each week’s game.
 
“I feel i9 Sports allows kids to try multiple sports at a less rigorous pace/commitment. This enables them to decide which sport(s) they like without taking up an entire weekend or multiple days,” said Michele from Thornton, Colorado. “Kids need time to be kids, so sports need to be eased into at the younger ages or many become burnt out and do not want to play as they reach high school, which is very unfortunate.”
 
Studies show that kids who specialize in a sport at a young age are more likely to suffer from decreased motivation and an increased risk of burnout. 70% of children quit organized sports by the age of 13. Our programs are designed to do the exact opposite and parents love that their children can try multiple sports without an overloaded schedule!
 
“I love that the seasons have 7 games, allowing my kids to try multiple sports back to back,” said a parent in the Dallas area. “We love that the kids can experience a sport in a supportive environment.”
 
Single sport specialization is one of the biggest challenges in youth sports right now and is driving a staggering increase in physical and emotional burnout among kids. i9 Sports delivers a youth sports experience designed to fix this problem and offers a recreational experience for kids and families that fits their lifestyle and is fun!   


 1. NCAA Fact Sheet, March 2018: http://ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Recruiting%20Fact%20Sheet%20WEB.pdf
July 03, 2019
4th of July Scavenger Hunt Printable
We've created this fun scavenger hunt print-out for your kid to complete this Fourth of July! Your child can play with a team or as an individual. Whether they play for a prize or just for fun, they are sure to have a blast. Print out the scavenger hunt below and have a fun and safe Fourth of July!



 
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July 01, 2019
Age-Appropriate Play
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!
 
We’ve done this by:
  • Creating unique drills for each age group and sport that are tailored to the physical and mental development of our athletes
  • Implementing customized rules that provide moments for athletes to build confidence and learn
  • Awards programs that take into account children’s needs for self-esteem growth and competitive nature as they grow
Learn more about how we design our sports programming to fit your child’s age group.
 
Pee Wees 
One of the most important goals for our Pee Wee athletes is that they fall in love with being active and being out on the field. Regardless of the sport the athlete is playing, our programs are designed to develop specific skills and promote an interest in the sport.
 
For Pee Wee athletes, we want to emphasize play and experimentation, rather than competition. Children at this age can read and interpret the emotions of others, particularly when someone is upset or angry. A winning-first mentality at any age level can create too much stress, but especially for Pee Wee children.
 
Kids at this age are still developing motor skills and will have limited fundamental sport skills. For example, Pee Wees have difficulty tracking and judging the speed of moving objects so an in-game skill such as kicking a moving soccer ball can be a challenge. Pee Wee kids also have a shorter attention span, so practices and games don’t last as long as they do for Juniors and Seniors.
 
Practice Time: 30 minutes
Game Time: 30 minutes
How We Enforce The Rules: At this level, kids need to learn and understand how the game is played so the rules are loosely enforced by officials. For example, in Pee Wee Basketball, an official won’t blow the whistle for a double dribble or travel.
Awards: Pee Wee athletes each receive weekly participation stickers and one member of the team receives a medal each week for displaying one of the i9 Sports sportsmanship values.
 
Juniors

Our Junior programs are designed to keep kids learning and developing sport-specific skills while understanding the dynamics of working together as a team. We want our Juniors to build confidence in themselves and their gameplay. 
 
Kids in the Juniors age group are interested in growing their peer relationships and value feelings of belonging and acceptance. As the game play increases in complexity for these athletes, we also want to emphasize the value of teamwork.
 
At this age, children’s fundamental sport skills are starting to mature as they improve their own motor skills. The next stage is beginning to work on transitional sport skills such as throwing for distance or combining movements together such as dribbling and passing on the run.
 
Practice Time: 45 minutes
Game Time: 45 minutes
How We Enforce The Rules: We enforce the rules more strictly than we do with the Pee Wees, but we will stop the game for teachable moments.
Awards: Each week a member of the team receives the weekly sportsmanship award for outstanding demonstration of one of the i9 Sports sportsmanship values. On a seasonal basis, all athletes will receive a participation award and trophies will be awarded to the division champions and runners-up.
 
Seniors
Our Seniors programming works to continue building on skills learned from the Pee Wee and Junior levels with an increasing emphasis on tactics and strategy. For example, in Senior Flag Football programs, players will learn more challenging offensive plays as they develop better spatial awareness and cognitive abilities.
 
Seniors are still working on improving their transitional skills and are working to master more complex sport skills, such as finding better passing angles in soccer or executing a box out drill in basketball.
 
Kids at this age are starting question authority and develop a desire to imitate those older than them.  Through our age-appropriate programming for this group, we offer a more competitive setting for them to translate their skills learned in practice into gameplay.
 
Practice Time: 45-60 minutes
Game Time: 45 minutes
How We Enforce The Rules: Senior athletes can expect normal game play and regular enforcement of the sport’s rules at this level.
Awards: Each week a member of the team receives the weekly sportsmanship award. In addition, a Player of the Week Achievement Award will be given out. Seasonally, trophies are awarded to the division champions and runners-up.
June 05, 2019
Father's Day Activity
We've created this fun activity sheet for you and your child to work on for Father's Day! Sit down for an interview about your favorite things so your child can learn more about you. You'll get to learn what he or she loves most about you too! When finished you'll be left with a wonderful keepsake.

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