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Fox 2 News and a packed Gym Watch the Opening Day of Inclusion Sports

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Sunday February 2 (Superbowl Sunday) was not just an exciting day for football, but also a great day for basketball as well! We had our first day of Inclusion Sports Leagues in partnership with i9 Sports. This partnership is opening the doors for us to offer leagues to children with special needs like never before.

The gym was packed all afternoon with neurotypical children and children with special needs aged 3 to 13 learning new skills, honing old skills and building friendships. WXYT-FM 97.1 talk show host Dan Leach provided play-by-play announcing at the inaugural game.

The goal of this new league is to provide a mutually beneficial environment for both the typically-abled children and those with special needs. There really is huge benefit for both groups of children as the more typically-abled kids learn empathy, teamwork and other real life lessons. Those with special needs are gaining the opportunity to play sports on a team with their peers. The idea of this league is to promote inclusion and compassion.

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Friendship Circle Partners with I9 Sports for Inclusion Sports League

 

For the 2014 Winter Session of Inclusions Sports, Friendship Circle is making exciting changes to our format. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with i9 Sports. The partnership with i9 will allow Friendship Circle to offer leagues to children with special needs like never before.

The teams will be inclusive of both typical kids and kids with special needs. All the children in the league will benefit both socially and emotionally by having the opportunity to be teammates. The typical kids will receive extra support from Friendship Circle on what to expect, why it’s so exciting to have a variety of teammates and how they can be great teammates. Our players with special needs will also receive additional support from Friendship Circle in the form of teen volunteers, and modifications to the drills and game play as needed.

About I9 Sports

i9SportsLogoI9 Sports started in Tampa Florida and is the nation’s first and largest provider of youth sports leagues in the United States with over 600,000 members. The core principals of i9 fit right in with the value structure at Friendship Circle. I9 believes in fun, inclusivity, safety, good sportsmanship and allowing everyone to be a winner.

Program Details

The new sports leagues will run on Sundays. There will no longer be an Inclusion Sports League on Wednesdays.

Start Date: February 2, 2014

End Date: March 30 2014

Final Registration Deadline: January 10, 2014*

*After this date, any remaining spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Beginner (ages 4-8) 3pm – 4:15pm:

  • The majority of kids in this division have never played basketball before.
  • Coaches will work on the basics:
    • Dribbling
    • Shooting (including the correct baskets)
    • Defenses will enforce zone with specific spots for each child to play in (the visual aids really help the kids learn quickly).
  • The teams will practice for about a 1/2 hour each week, and then have a game with real officials!

Junior  (ages 7-11) 4:15pm – 5:30pm:

  • As many kids here are still just beginning basketball, this division continues to emphasize ball handling skills, dribbling, and court awareness/spacing. 
  • Coaches focus more on passing and dribbling, as the kids are beginning to understand these concepts better. 
  • Defensively, we continue to enforce a zone with specific spots for each child. 
  • The teams will practice for about a 1/2 hour each week, and then have a game with real officials!

Seniors  (Ages 10-13) 5:30pm – 6:45pm:

  • At this level, we do a lot more skill building. 
  • We have an instructional practice, where the coaches take the kids through some basic to advanced drills during the practice session. 
  • The refs will then come out and officiate the games. 
  • The teams will work on both man-to-man and zone defense, as well as improve their basketball related skills, such as shooting, passing, dribbling, and rebounding.

For more information and to register, visit: my.friendshipcirle.org

Have additional questions about this program?
Program Director: Catie Quinn
Phone: 248-788-7878