David Long Quintero has enjoyed the complete i9 Sports experience. The senior at Bowie High School started off as a young flag football player, then he coached his little brother’s teams, and now David is one of i9’s flag football officials.
“Yes, I’ve covered all three angles of the i9 experience,” said David. “I am learning a lot while officiating. Firsthand, I see all the hard work that goes into making this league work. It makes me really appreciative of this organization.”
Jon Long, David’s dad, has been along for the ride too. Jon and David coached together for four seasons.
“It was a lot of fun to coach with my son,” said Jon. “We were able to work toward a common goal together. David learned all the values that i9 Sports instills in its athletes. He’s used all of his i9 experiences to become a solid young man.”
David credits the work ethic and values he learned at i9 Sports for his high school football career at Bowie.
“I learned hard work and sportsmanship while playing with i9,” said David. “High school coaches really look for that in their players.”
David plans to continue officiating at i9 Sports and will attend the University of Houston or Texas State University in the fall.
i9 Sports programs run throughout the year and currently feature baseball, soccer, basketball, flag football and lacrosse for kids ages 3 and up. Games are played throughout Travis and Williamson counties and you’re likely to find a league right in your community. To learn more and to check out registration dates, visit i9sports.com.
The i9 Sports Experience
• All skill levels welcome: No tryouts. No drafts.
• Same day games/practices: Practices are held on the same day of games (usually in the hour preceding the game)
• Weekend games: Leaving the weekday evenings for family time and homework
• Sportsmanship: weekly medals for kids who show sportsmanship values and who incorporates them into team
• Equal participation: Everyone gets same amount of playing time
• Age appropriate: Teams are formed by age with natural progression as players get older
• “When in Doubt Sit Out”: Concussion Safety Policy and education for parents and coaches
• Trained Officials
• No fundraisers
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