Why Now Is a Good Time to Become an i9 Sports Franchisee

Why Now Is a Good Time to Become an i9 Sports Franchisee

Nation’s first and largest youth sports franchise grows nationwide, seeks entrepreneurs who desire rewarding career with high profit potential

Now is the time to bring i9 Sports to your community. With a long-term vision to become the undisputed leader in recreational youth activities worldwide, we are looking to partner with enthusiastic, self-motivated entrepreneurs who love sports and kids. Last year, we achieved a new all-time high level of network revenue, marking 12 consecutive years of growth.

i9 Sports is the nation’s first and largest youth sports league franchise, and we are in the midst of an aggressive growth plan to add dozens of new franchise locations each year over the next several years. i9 Sports offers flag football, soccer, baseball and basketball to children between the ages of 3 and 14. We provide a youth sports experience unlike any other by teaching the importance of good sportsmanship on the field and in life.

3 reasons to become an i9 Sports franchisee now

The i9 Sports franchise model works well on many levels. Here are just 3 reasons you should consider becoming an i9 Sports franchisee now.

First, i9 Sports gives sports-minded entrepreneurs a rewarding career with low investment and overhead. 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, home-based franchise opportunity with an attractive profit potential. A franchisee’s initial investment ranges from $50,900 to $76,900.

“The best part is going out on the field that first Saturday morning, getting everything set up and then seeing all the cars pull into the parking lot,” i9 Sports franchisee Brian Watkins says. “The kids then rush out of the cars; they’re so excited to play! Their parents will tell me they slept in their cleats. i9 Sports has allowed me to do something I’m passionate about. I love being my own boss and having a flexible schedule. i9 Sports has empowered me to do what I love while giving back to my community.”

Second, i9 Sports is putting the fun back into youth sports. 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, and each child learns the game fundamentals because each is rotated through the various positions. The kids have fun with their friends because, unlike most leagues, we accept buddy requests when building teams. Kids will 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.”

Finally, today’s time-starved families welcome the convenience we offer. i9 Sports is unmatched when it comes to the convenience we provide to busy parents. Parents with limited time have to be very choosy about their kids’ activities.

Brian says: “Our format is unique. 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 plus for busy parents — we don’t have fundraisers or mandatory volunteering like some leagues.

Why now? Why i9 Sports?


The time couldn’t be better to buy an i9 Sports franchise because we have a proven formula for operating a successful business with a tremendous market need. The youth sports market is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry encompassing 42 million kids annually. We have an inexhaustible supply of customers to serve, as a new bunch of kids turns age 3 each year. 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.

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 2.5% share of the potential children signed up in their market.

“Think about that,” i9 Sports President and CEO Brian Sanders 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. as the remaining territories are selling out quickly.”

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

We are seeking qualified candidates to become i9 Sports franchisees, to help us reinvent youth sports and to position i9 Sports as the most-recognized youth sports program in the country.

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