Rank no. 492 – i9 Sports – US
Products & Services: Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics
Number of Locations: 118
Total Investment: $44.9K – 69.9K
Began Franchising: 2003
About i9 Sports
Frank V. Fiume, Jr. founded i9 Sports in 2002 and began franchising in 2003. Franchisees operate local youth sports leagues, camps and clinics. Sports include flag football, basketball, soccer, cheer, lacrosse and baseball/softball.
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $44,900 – $69,900
Franchise Fee: $19,900
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 7.5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $100,000
Liquid Cash Available: $50,000 – $60,000
Franchise can be run from home. 20% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 1. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (98% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 1 week. At secondary location, 2 days; optional refresher training available; webinars
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Administrative, billing & commission payment support; sales & PR guidance; visits
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #492 (2013), #267 (2012), #213 (2011), #217 (2010), #241 (2009),
Low-Cost: #96 (2013), #48 (2012), #44 (2011), #52 (2010), #48 (2009),
Top Home-Based: #80 (2012), #61 (2011), #62 (2010), #60 (2009),
Who We Are
The First & Largest Youth Sports League Franchise
Based in Tampa, Florida, i9 Sports® is the nation’s first and largest provider of youth sports leagues in the United States with over 600,000 members spanning 500 communities from New York to Hawaii. i9 Sports offers youth sports leagues, camps and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-17 in today’s most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, T-Ball and cheerleading. With our focus on fun, safety, convenience and good sportsmanship, i9 Sports offers traditional kids sports leagues without the traditional headaches!
All skill levels welcome – No tryouts! No drafts!
Everyone plays – every game!
No fundraisers of any kind!
No mandatory volunteering!
One day per week – practice is conveniently scheduled prior to the game.
Trained officials at every game
Our Mission: To Help Kids Succeed in Life Through Sports
There isn’t a better tool to teach a child the skills necessary to succeed in life than sports. Self-discipline, determination, teamwork and good sportsmanship are only a handful of the many valuable life skills learned through sports participation. Unfortunately, anyone with a ball and a whistle can offer a sports league for kids, and many kids leave organized sports because of a negative experience. Research has shown that the number one reason kids play sports is to have fun. It is not surprising then, that the number one reason they quit playing sports is because they stop enjoying it.
Our goal is simple: To put the FUN back into youth sports.
i9 Sports offers an alternative to the hyper-competitive, win-at-all-cost culture that pervades most kids sports leagues today. Through the i9 Sports Experience, we offer families an experience that focuses on fun, safety and convenience.
The i9 Sports® Experience is defined as:
1. Complete Organization & Communication
Professional management of all programs – someone is always in-charge
Proactive communication – you always know when and where you need to be
24/7 online access to latest schedules, standings, and statistics
Flexibility to accommodate “buddy” requests on teams
Easy registration online or by phone through our Customer Service Center
Once a week practices on game day, at same location
No mandatory fundraisers or concession duties
3. A Safe, Supportive Environment
Certified coaches (screened with criminal background check)
Trained officials at every game
“i9 Sports Parental Pledge” which prohibits sideline negativity
4. Instruction in Skills & Good Sportsmanship
Age appropriate instruction in game fundamentals
Weekly sportsmanship value taught and award given on each team
Emphasis on fair play vs. score of the game
5. Focus on Fun
Equal playing time regardless of talent level
No tryouts or drafts
Post-season participation award