For more than a decade, i9 Sports promotes sports with values
A recent study published in USA Today, revealed that 70 percent of kids stop playing sports after age 13. Why? Most kids surveyed say, it just wasn’t fun anymore.
“It wasn’t fun because of the immense pressure placed on them by coaches and parents,” said Austin i9 Sports Owner, Justin Cannon. “But here at i9 Sports, we have created a place where kids can compete and just have fun. Our goal is to put the fun back into youth sports.”
For more than a decade, i9 Sports has developed a sports league, camps, and clinics that promotes participation and competition in a relaxed, positive environment. Boys and girls ages three and up can participate in flag football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse. Games are held at local fields and courts throughout Travis and Williamson counties.
Cynthia Parker’s two sons have participated in many i9 Sports the past two years and her daughter will be playing flag football this year. She likes that all games are on weekends and that practices are held right before games.
“I asked my sons what they like about i9 and they both said, ‘the coaches,’” said Parker. “I like that there is so much teaching and development. Oftentimes, coaches will stop games right after a play and discuss with the team what they could have done differently. You can really see the progression from the beginning of the season to the end.”
Parker also loves that i9 is flexible in building rosters and looks to place friends and siblings together on the same teams. Playing on weekends also means her family has more time for dinners and homework during the week.
“My husband travels during the week and because of the i9 schedule, he can be at every game,” said Parker.
“Sure, we keep score and there is competition. We teach our kids how to win and how to lose. We also work with our parents and coaches to stress the positive aspects of sport and competition,” said Cannon.
i9 Sports runs leagues year-round and can likely be found at a field or court near you. Registration for all sports is open now until February 19th. Visit www.i9Sports.com to register.
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
Article by SportsXpress, photos by i9 Sports