i9 Sports®

Flag Football

i9 Sports® offers flag football leagues for kids in communities across the nation specifically for families who want the benefits of involving their young athletes in one of America’s favorite sports without the same dangerous risks that can lead to head injuries. “i9 Sports is proud to be a leader in raising national awareness about safety in youth sports,” i9 Sports CEO Brian Sanders said. “Flag football has become a popular choice for parents across the country, even those that played tackle football themselves, because it offers the benefits of learning the game but with less risk of injury.”

i9 Sports flag football leagues, camps and clinics teach your child the fundamentals of the game through age-appropriate skills and drills. In the game of flag football, teams run or pass the ball down field in order to score a touchdown.The primary difference in flag football is that it is a “no contact” game. Instead of tackling the ball carrier, defensive players attempt to pull the flags off the ball carrier’s belt.The program is designed for your child to build on performance and ability throughout the season without the same risk of injury as tackle football. Our flag football program is geared toward developing your child’s love for the game, as well as teaching sportsmanship values that extend far beyond the playing field.

Pee Wees

If your little one loves the idea of football but you’re concerned about safety, we have the answer! The i9 Sports Pee Wee flag football program for kids provides all the fun and excitement of tackle football without the same risk of injury. Our Pee Wee curriculum has been specially crafted for kids in this age group and aims to improve balance, hand-eye coordination and motor skill development. Your child will learn the basics of the game including flag football rules, awareness of offensive and defensive field direction, and skills such as running with the ball, passing and catching. The playbook for kids in this age group is kept simple to enable players to grow more comfortable and self-confident in the sport. We rotate players through various positions so everyone learns the importance of playing as a team member. Based on skill level at this age, game play typically involves more running plays, but as the season progresses, more passing may be integrated. To ensure the levels of learning and fun are kept at their highest for our Pee Wees, flag football rules are enforced with an emphasis on teachable moments. At this stage, the most important outcomes are to develop a love of the game, increased self-confidence and to have fun!

Flag football player catches the football while wearing a blue i9 Sports jersey

Juniors

Flag football player in blue i9 Sports jersey runs with the football a defender in a white jersey reaches to pull his flag

As kids get older, they like the challenge of new things, but as a parent you want them to be safe. Our non-contact flag football program is the ideal way to allow your child play football safely. For any skill level, the i9 Sports Junior flag football curriculum will teach your child the fundamentals of the game and build upon their developing physical and mental capabilities. Instruction and drills are specially designed for kids in this age group to improve spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination and greater accuracy in throwing and catching the ball. Special emphasis is placed on teamwork and good sportsmanship as kids this age begin to understand the impact they have in relation to others. The offensive playbook includes a balanced number of passing and running plays, and on defense, players begin to experiment with both man-to-man and zone coverage. Scores are kept and flag football rules are enforced in a fun, positive environment with a continued emphasis on teachable moments.

Seniors

Because kids at this age are bigger and physically more capable, the level of play is elevated and games move at greater speed. Instruction within the i9 Sports Senior flag football curriculum recognizes the capabilities of kids in this age group and balances reinforcement of game fundamentals with age-appropriate skill development and emphasis on good sportsmanship. Running and passing plays are more sophisticated and the importance of offensive and defensive game strategy are taught. Our “everyone plays” philosophy ensures all players have the opportunity to develop their skills. Expect to see marked improvement in self-confidence and teamwork at this stage. Scores are kept and flag football rules are enforced by trained officials. As players begin to experiment and grow more creative with their improved skills, the games naturally become more competitive, but always in a fun, age-appropriate way!

Flag football player in white i9 Sports jersey hands the ball to a teammate during a flag football game

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