We heard about i9 through a friend who was signing her son up for basketball (4-5 year olds) and suggested we try it. My son was interested in playing in the same league as his friend so we signed him up. From day 1, I was blown away by the level of organization and professionalism of i9 and all of the volunteers. Our coach (and appears every coach) is extremely patient, knowledgeable and coaches from a place that is age appropriate. He has made an effort with each individual child on my son’s team and learned what they struggle with or need to work on and really focuses on those things for each child, while also encouraging the team aspect of the game. I9 impressed me with their strict no tolerance policies on disruptive and out of line parents and their commitment to giving every child (regardless of age or skill level) a safe and supportive environment to have fun, learn, improve and practice their sport. With the smallest kids in general, I love the ways that the league helps the kids learn the basics of the game. For example, in basketball, each child wears a colored wrist band that matches the member of the opposing team, letting them know who they are supposed to guard/who will be guarding them. Little things like that have helped my 5 year old son learn and improve SO MUCH since we started. I have been so impressed with the entire experience that we have already signed up both of my children for T-Ball with i9 and are starting in September. So so thankful we were introduced to i9 this year and we are looking forward to more sports and seasons in the upcoming years
I like that the programs allow each kid the opportunity to play and that they are taught the fundamentals of the sport. I also like that they are taught sportsmanship and how to treat their teammates as well as the opposing players.
The concept is awesome and the folks working there are amazing. I would make few changes around assistant coaches. I would make them mandatory. I'm a coach and I will continue to volanteer for as long as i9 will have me but, man do I wish I had an asistant coach to help with the kids.