Every part of your program is great EXCEPT the refs. My son started with I9 from 2013 to 2015 and we had the same problem. Over the last couple years I've seen the program grow, I was hoping the organization would improve the quality of the refs. However, I assumed wrong. There were multiple times the refs were not familiar with the rules, were unsure of the down count or called something that was not even relevent. Sometimes the coaches were telling the refs what to do and that is not acceptable. It is not fair to the kids. I understand refs are human but their lack of knowledge of the game and the rules are extremely obvious. I know I'm not the only parent that has the same opinion. I hope the organization reevaluates the quality of the training program that the refs have to receive before they are allowed on the field, if there is any. Unless I am notified that this problem has been taken seriously and action has been carried out, I will NOT recommend I9 to anyone, unfortunately. Kids should be able to have fun and learn the game without having to deal with incompetent officials. Thank you.
I LOVE that practice is the same day and just prior to official games! The team is able to take what they learn in practice directly onto the playing field and see it in action...with no time to forget, which is easy for tweens. Thank you for a fun program and for our dedicated coach, Jordan Kriss. He has been amazing!
I like that they teach fundamentals and that, at least for the younger ages, the league focuses on that versus competition. My son has been participating in the program for years and I have noticed that as he gets older, the leagues become more and more competitive
League play: love the schedule of practice/games on same day. Doesn’t take over your whole week! Very well organized!
Sports camps: my kids absolutely loved it this summer! The coaches were energetic and fun with the kids, the variety of sports was perfect (multi sports camp), the times and schedule fit well with my day.
Overall great program. I like the early registration process to help parents save money and your staff accommodating coaches requests for players to build continuity. Keeping the League Standings up to date would be helpful. I’m not sure if the coaches need a reminder to do that or if i9 puts the scores in. The refs have the score sheets and I’m not sure what happens to those sheets after a game. For the 8-10 flag football league some teams keep their scores up to date but there are eight teams in the 14 team league that have not. Thanks.
Encouraging the kids to participate even when they aren't good. My son finally "broke through" at an older age and is now throwing beautiful, strong spiral passes! Only time and encouragement does that and I-9 helped so much!