i9 Sports Charts Strong Franchise and Participation Growth
9 May, 2016
i9 Sports, the nation's largest youth sports league franchise, has accelerated its momentum from a strong 2015 and reported exceptional growth in the first quarter of 2016. The announcement comes on the heels of the strongest year in i9 Sports history, during which the company reported a 12 percent increase in network-wide revenue.
As a result, i9 Sports reported it has propelled participation at leagues nationwide, with the Spring 2016 season producing the company's highest registration numbers to date.
The company operates more than 4,100 youth sports programs in 780 communities across the U.S., and is also a leader in concussion awareness in youth sports, offering programs in flag football as opposed to tackle. They reported a 12 percent increase in flag football participation in 2015.
"We are thrilled to start 2016 on such a high note. Last year, we kicked off an aggressive nationwide expansion plan and it's exciting to be tackling our goal of growing the i9 Sports presence in more and more communities throughout the country," said Brian Sanders, CEO, i9 Sports. "i9 Sports was founded on the principle that the number one reason kids play organized sports is to have fun, not to become the next draft pick, and over the years we have never strayed from that commitment. From our adoption of flag football over tackle to being the first youth sports league to ban headers in soccer, we have consistently shown that we truly 'walk the walk' when it comes to prioritizing children's safety, and we look forward to bringing more and more families nationwide an exceptional youth sports experience they can trust."
i9 Sports also released plans to open dozens of new franchise locations each year over the next several years, with a focus on markets in the Pacific Coast, Midwest and Northeast.