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ST. LUCIE COUTNY --
i9Sports has been successfully providing flag football and soccer leagues for children ages 3 through 17 in St. Lucie West for four years. The programs will expand in January to two locations in Fort Pierce: Lawnwood Field and Lakewood Regional Park.
Flag football will be available for children as young as 4 and children as young as 3 for soccer.
Games will be played Saturday mornings at Lawnwood Field or Sundays at Lakewood Regional Park, with practices scheduled one hour before the game. Every effort is made to accommodate special requests to play with siblings, friends or coaches.
i9 Sports is focused on fun and fundamentals. Emphasizing good sportsmanship instead of the score, every week the focus is on a new skill that will help players become successful both on and off the field. A weekly sportsmanship award is given to a deserving player on each team for skills such as listening, fair play and best effort.
Certified coaches ensure the focus is on the i9 Sports core principles: fun, safety, good sportsmanship, everybody plays and everybody wins.
There are no tryouts or drafts. Each child receives equal playing time and has the opportunity to play every position. A child who has never had a chance to play key positions in other leagues will get that chance in an i9 Sports league.
"You should see the look on a kid's face when you tell them they get to play quarterback," said Joe Greco, executive director of i9 Sports in St. Lucie County. "It's amazing what it does for their self-esteem."
Mr. Greco says parents are usually very appreciative of the convenience of his i9 Sports leagues.
"I had a busy mother of three tell me that only going to the field once a week has given her more family time. It can be hard to get multiple kids to multiple practices and games throughout the week," he said. "And they don't have to volunteer at the concession stand, so they get to watch their kids play."
For more information about the i9 Sports league, visit www.i9sports.com.