In this new Q&A, we get to learn more about the i9 Sports franchise opportunity from Frank Fiume, its founder and chief executive officer.
Franchise Chatter (FC): What is i9 Sports and how many locations does i9 Sports have?
Frank Fiume (FF): i9 Sports is the nation’s first and fastest-growing youth sports franchise, and is in the midst of an aggressive growth plan to add dozens of new franchise locations each year over the next several years.
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Founded in 2003, i9 Sports believes that the number one reason kids play organized sports is to have fun, not to become the next draft pick.
The company currently has 130 locations across the United States.
FC: What makes i9 Sports a good franchise opportunity?
FF: With convenient flexible hours, no real estate or upfront inventory, i9 Sports is a low-investment, home-based franchise opportunity offering entrepreneurs a compelling business with great profit potential.
FC: Is there room for growth in the youth sports market?
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FF: The youth sports market is a multi-billion dollar a year industry encompassing 42 million participants annually. i9 Sports has benefited from the industry’s popularity with over 1,000,000 all-time registrations, but clearly the market still presents a tremendous opportunity for growth.
FC: How is i9 Sports different from other youth sports leagues?
FF: Through i9 Sports, franchisees offer customers an extraordinary experience that focuses on fun, safety and convenience. There is only one practice per week right before the game, which makes participating on an i9 Sports team easily fit into a family’s busy schedule.
FC: What is i9 Sports’ stance on safety within youth sports?
FF: i9 Sports is a leader in raising national awareness about safety in youth sports and specifically, concussion safety. i9 Sports was 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.
FC: What sports does an i9 Sports franchise offer?
FF: The i9 Sports Experience focuses on four core sports that franchise owners implement over four seasons providing the greatest potential for year-round business success. These sports include, flag football, soccer, basketball and baseball. Additional sports offerings include cheerleading and lacrosse.
FC: Does i9 Sports initiate any policies that mirror its stance on good sportsmanship?
FF: i9 Sports is focused on providing a youth sports experience unlike any other and understands the importance of good sportsmanship. i9 Sports asks parents to sign a Parental Pledge to help make sure each child has a fun and enjoyable experience motivated by good sportsmanship. i9 Sports coaches also sign a Coaches Pledge and commit themselves to teach children teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship; qualities that go far beyond the game.
FC: Why do families choose to play with i9 Sports?
FF: i9 Sports programs are conveniently offered one day a week with practice right before the game. This is a popular choice among families with demanding schedules, multiple kids, careers, etc.
In addition, i9 Sports supports healthy competition and believes that every child should be both encouraged and given the opportunity to make the most of his/her abilities. At i9 Sports there is equal playing time regardless of talent level and there are no tryouts or drafts.
FC: What makes a great franchise candidate for i9 Sports?
FF: i9 Sports is a business with a purpose. Franchisees make a living doing something they are passionate about while also making a difference in the lives of children and becoming an integral part of their community.
Franchisees should posses a passion for youth sports and a desire to participate in and impact their local community. While sports experience is not required, the ideal candidate should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion to build a successful business with a community focus.