We love the encouraging atmosphere of I-9. It’s nice to have practice and a game all in one day, especially when they are so young. If there’s any critique, I wish my older son’s coach was a bit more knowledgeable. I realize they are volunteers and doing their best, but I felt like he didn’t get a whole lot of instruction. His pitches to the kids were pretty much unhittable.Unfortunately my husband works weekends and can’t volunteer as a coach. Still, we had a great experience and will be back again.
Very organized, very professional, staff who seem to really care. Most importantly, the focus of teaching important core values to the kids.
My only criticism is that when there is only one coach who has volunteered to coach a team, that perhaps an i9 staff member would be designated to help assist the coach during practices and the games. Parents have randomly helped here and there, but it would have been better for the kids and their learning to have at least 2 coaches to help during practices and games.
The coaches I've had really care about the kids learning the games more so than winning - they've been really good about learning the kids names and coaching them on to do great! i9 also seems to care about the same :)
It is geared to the success of the child involved at the level they are prepared to participate.
Games and practices are on the same day maintaining work-life- balance.
My daughter learns and enjoys it.
I like the overall approach- that kids' sports don't have to be in travel leagues that cost thousands of dollars and require days per week to participate. Leagues can still be competitive without treating children like they need to be on track for college scholarships and pro leagues. i9 is about fun, sportsmanship, and athletics as it should be for kids.
I like how welcoming the leagues are to children of all playing levels, and how the games are largely instructional while still keeping score. My kids love to play but aren't super competitive and this enrivonment really works for them! I have three kids and we're on our 7th or 8th season with i9!