August 20, 2013 // Franchising.com // This back-to-school season, it’s not just supply shopping and children’s grades that have local moms stressed out. A new survey reveals moms are buckling in the bleachers under the grueling pressures of their children’s sports, jeopardizing their jobs, relationships, self esteem and sanity. Moms simply want youth sports to be much less demanding and much more fun.
The just released survey of more than 400 moms with children in organized youth sports reveals the current “practice and play ‘til you drop” and "win at all costs" culture of youth sports not only puts unhealthy pressure on children but creates significant stress for mom - both at home and at the office. The startling statistics show:
The survey was commissioned by i9 Sports, the nation’s first and fastest growing youth sports league franchise, a company with leagues in our area changing the culture of youth sports with a format that is more fun for kids and much less stressful for parents.
“This survey clearly shows we need to change youth sports to put less pressure on children and their families,” says Brian Sanders, President and COO of i9 Sports.
Of those who said youth sports stressed out the family:
“Our goal is to bring families together with youth sports, not tear them apart,” says Sanders. “Our one day per week commitment allows the family to enjoy the benefits of participation without the stress. Practices are conveniently held prior to the game, and parents are able to simply relax and enjoy watching their children have fun. And because we typically offer multiple sports at our playing locations, families have options that do not require driving across town or splitting up to attend each child's games.”
We can set up interviews with local moms, young athletes and youth sports experts to talk about the need for change in youth sports.
*Please cite i9 Sports as the source for this survey.
*This online survey was done by a third party and commissioned by i9 Sports.
*Survey participants have no affiliation with i9 Sports.
Based in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area, i9 Sports® is the first and fastest-growing youth sports league franchise company in the United States. With more than half a million members in 275 communities from New York to Hawaii, i9 Sports offers leagues, camps and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-14 in today’s most popular team sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, baseball and more.
A privately held company, i9 Sports was founded in 2003 by CEO Frank Fiume on the principle that the No. 1 reason kids play organized sports is to have fun, not to become a draft pick. Reinventing the industry, customers enjoy the i9 Sports Experience which emphasizes fun, safety and convenience as well as teaching the value of good sportsmanship.
Named No. 1 Children’s Fitness Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine, i9 Sports has been ranked in their prestigious Franchise 500® issue the past six years. i9 Sports has also been listed among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for the past three years and received Franchise Business Review’s Top 50 in Franchise Satisfaction Award for four years in a row.
For more information on i9 Sports, visit www.i9sports.com . To learn more about the low investment, low overhead i9 Sports franchise model, visit www.i9sportsfranchise.com.
SOURCE i9 Sports®