I love that i9 is operating right now, and appreciate the thought that went into health and safety this fall. It's so important for kids to have the opportunity to move and be active. The coaches have been extremely positive and provided great instruction. The children seem engaged throughout the sessions, no matter their skill level.
I like that i9 has been able to get the kids back into sports safely, especially in a non-competitive environment.
The one thing I wish they could spend a bit more time is on sportsmanship and fostering "team". It's tough when the kids are all the way to middle school and getting set in ways, but my daughter's team doesn't feel very "team". She and her BFF are on it. There are also 3 girls who go to the same school and seem to know each other very well, along with one they have seemingly "allowed" to be part of their clique. My daughter has stopped short of saying they're "mean girls", but said one of them definitely is. It was disappointing to see that girl get the first medal handed out. I know you can't control for all kids, but acknowledgement of when someone is not practicing that teamwork would be good.
We love that the programs teach children skills in fun and engaging ways. The coaches have great energy and enthusiasm that makes the children want to come back each week. Children get practice using and improving their skills in a game setting, but it's a low stress situation where effort is emphasized over perfection. The children can truly enjoy the sport free of unnecessary pressure, and they learn great character traits along the way. We have been very happy with our i9 experience, and would gladly sign up again!
Wonderful organized! Great staff! Overall an amazing experience whether you are brand new to the sport or a seasoned player. Everyone was kind, friendly and inclusive. They learn the sport but also have fun!
Organized, timely, great communication via email and coaches are professional and personable. My kids are so happy and already have signed up for spring sports and my 3 year old is looking forward to joining a team as well. Best club organization in the area.