i9 Sports Is a Top Flag Football Franchise Opportunity

As you research youth flag football franchises, here is why you should consider franchising with i9 Sports®

Football is one of the most popular team sports for kids in America. With the recent concerns about concussion and injury, however, parents are reluctant for their kids to play tackle football. Flag football is a safer alternative — it provides all the fun of the sport with lesser contact and a lower risk of injury. This growing awareness makes flag football a very popular sport for us; it is the largest of our offerings at i9 Sports.
i9 Sports is a leader in raising national awareness about safety in youth sports — specifically concussion safety. We were the first national youth sports league to implement a “when in doubt, sit them out” concussion safety policy and education for parents and coaches system-wide.
The youth sports market is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry encompassing 42 million kids. Every year a new bunch of kids turns 3, and thousands of families want to find sports leagues that emphasize fun, teach game basics and sportsmanship values and are convenient for busy lifestyles.
i9 Sports is a well-established youth sports league franchise that offers flag football, soccer, baseball and T-ball and basketball. i9 Sports encourages our franchise owners to offer a wide variety of programs, which enables them to capitalize on the large demand across multiple sports. Our franchise owners can offer co-ed youth i9 Sports leagues, camps, and clinics for children between the ages of 3-14.

i9 Sports is a top flag football franchise opportunity

i9 Sports is a top flag football franchise opportunity and runs circles around the competition.
Today’s typical recreational sports experience is no fun for kids — the political nature of parental involvement often means that parents decide who plays and how often, or whether someone is good enough to play at all. It’s conceivable that a child may rarely get off the sidelines.
“As a society, we’ve lost the idea that youth sports are intended to be games,” i9 Sports President and CEO Brian Sanders says. “The number one reason kids play sports is to have fun. And the number one reason kids stop playing sports is because they stop having fun. Overly competitive adults and a focus on winning have driven the fun out of most sports programs. At i9 Sports, we are reclaiming youth sports for the kids, and we’ve found there is an enormous market for what we offer in every community we’ve entered.”

i9 Sports franchise emphasizes healthy competition and teaches sportsmanship

At i9 Sports, we support healthy competition and believe that every child should be encouraged and given the opportunity to make the most of his or her abilities. There are no tryouts or drafts. Children learn the fundamentals of the game because we rotate them through the various positions so they can have fun experiencing the game from different vantage points. Kids have fun with their friends because, unlike most leagues, we accept buddy requests when building teams. And lastly, they learn the value of good sportsmanship — that how you play the game is as important as the score.
“At i9 Sports, we don’t just teach kids how to be athletes, we teach them how to be better people,” Brian says. “We teach the importance of good sportsmanship on the field and in life by demonstrating how to win with humility and lose with grace. We accomplish this by teaching a sportsmanship value each week and then awarding an ‘Excellence in Good Sportsmanship’ medal to the child on each team who best illustrates that week’s value. The weekly sportsmanship value includes topics like honesty, respect, courtesy and enthusiasm.”

i9 Sports franchise is attractive for busy parents

i9 Sports is unmatched when it comes to the convenience we provide to busy parents. Today, most families are dual-income. That means that a family’s approach to extracurricular activities is much different than it was 15 or 20 years ago. Parents with limited time have to be very choosy about their kids’ activities.
Brian says: “Our format is unique in that we don’t have mid-week practices; we have our practices on game day. Moms and dads are committing to a once-a-week type of format. The family can show up on a Saturday, go to the practice, go to the game, have a great time, go home and it’s done. There is no reason that a child’s recreational sport activity should consume a family’s life.”
Another convenience for busy parents: we don’t have fundraisers or mandatory volunteering like some leagues.

i9 Sports franchise business opportunity offers entrepreneurs a rewarding career and work-life balance

For sports-minded entrepreneurs who are seeking a rewarding career, i9 Sports is the team to join. We have a proven formula for operating a successful business with a tremendous market need. It works. We now have more than a decade of results from owners who are meeting and exceeding their dreams of what owning their own business could be. Last year was the largest year we’ve ever had in terms of overall network revenue; we were up double digits. Everyone wants to be part of a winning team, and frankly, i9 Sports is a winning team.
“If I were buying a business, I would ask myself three questions: 1) Is this business something I’m passionate about; 2) Does this business have a record of success; and 3) Are the market and this business likely to grow so my investment will appreciate?” says Brian. “The time couldn’t be better to buy an i9 Sports franchise because we have created the rare business opportunity for which someone could answer a definitive ‘yes’ to all three questions.”
With convenient, flexible hours, which translate into an enviable work/life balance, and no real estate or large upfront inventory requirements, i9 Sports is a compelling low-investment franchise opportunity with an attractive profit potential.

A bright future for a leading brand

As successful as i9 Sports has been since we started, we’ve only scratched the surface of what is possible. Most of our franchisees today have less than a 2% share of the potential children signed up in their market.
Brian says, “When you realize how many children there are in each market and how much perpetual demand there is for youth sports, the opportunity is exponential. Not only do we have a massive opportunity to increase our share within existing territories by providing a better customer experience, but we also have a huge opportunity to expand our footprint by continuing to extend into more locations. In the United States, I believe we will easily triple the size of our system. At this rate, however, it won’t take long to fill out the U.S. The remaining territories are selling out quickly.”
At i9 Sports, our long-term vision is to become the undisputed leader in recreational youth activities worldwide by delivering a superior and extraordinary customer experience. When we get close to completing our expansion in the U.S., we anticipate expanding internationally. Youth sports are a universal concept, and although the sport might differ, the way our system works should be the same anywhere.
We’re rapidly filling the available territories across the country, so if you’re passionate about sports, love working with kids and want to own a great business, there couldn’t be a better time to jump in.

Learn more about i9 Sports franchise

As an i9 Sports franchise owner, you are able to offer today’s most popular team sports — flag football, soccer, basketball, baseball and T-ball, cheerleading and lacrosse — to boys and girls, ages 3 to 14. We are now seeking qualified candidates to help us reinvent youth sports and position i9 Sports as the most recognized youth sports league in the country.
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