General Information

The First Friends Sports Jr. High League is designed for  boys in grades 7-8 who have had some experience playing basketball and are looking for fun and fellowship at the community level. This league is geared toward developing teamwork skills in addition to individual playing skills. For this league, intermediate basketballs (28.5) are used, and the hoop is raised to 10 feet.

According to OHSAA rules a player cannot play on his school team and play on a recreational team at the same time during the school team’s season.

This league runs from January to March each year. There will be a short devotional time where we share biblical principles with the players and encourage them to pursue a life with Christ every week.

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Important Information

League starts in January   Skill Assessments:  Thursday, Jan 9 at 5 or 6pm.  Schedule will be posted on website by Tuesday, Jan 7.   2nd Assessment:   Saturday, Jan 11 at 2:30pm or 3:30pm (corrected times from earlier posting).  Specific schedule will be posted on website Jan 10 after 1st assessment.  Assessments are for everyone in league.   Please attend both assessments, if you do not attend at least one assessment, you are not guaranteed a spot in the league.   Please call the Sports office (330-966-6868) if something happens that prevents your child from attending one or both of the assessments.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to get checked in.  Please wear jersey or shirt with a name or number on back for skill assessments and scrimmage.  You will be receiving your new jersey before 1st game.

 

Mandatory Parents Meeting:  Same time as Skill Assessments.  Requests can be made at the parent’s meeting and on registration form, however, they are not guaranteed.  Please click on this link to view our Policy on Team Rosters  Requests that affect the competitive balance of the team cannot be honored.

 

**Disclaimer: Please note that fairness and positive competition are a high priority in our program.  Thus, our league leadership reserves the right to alter team rosters/move players once scrimmages have been played in order to balance teams if necessary.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

Practice Days:  – One day a week on Thursdays Times at 5 or 6pm.

 

Game Days: One day a week on Saturdays late afternoon at 2:30pm or 3:30pm (correction from earlier posting of game times).

 

COACHES NEEDED!  Please indicate on registration form you would like to coach or assist coach and plan to attend assessments and Coaches Training Meeting Thursday, Jan 9 at 7pm (after assessments).

 

According to OHSAA rules a player cannot play on his school team and play on a recreational team at the same time during the school team’s season.

 

Celebration Day Activities:  Thursday, March 5 after games in the gym, held in rooms L1,2,3.

Policy Statement:  (Oct 12, 2017)

Please note that when we list ‘boy’s/men’s’ or ‘girl’s/women’s’ we are referring to the birth gender of the participant.  For all of our leagues, classes, unless they are designated as Coed, it is our policy that players participate within the gender designation that complies with the previous statement.  We want to thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

 Questions?
Call 330.966.6868 or email sports@firstfriends.org.

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Team Rosters

Bobcats

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday, 05:00pm

Coaches

  JAMES KRUM
  MIKE KRUM

Players

  RYAN BRIDENTHAL
  LANCE COULTAS
  JACE DIMENGO
  JACKSON FLANERY
  QUINN FOGARTY
  EZRA HALL
  ETHAN KRUM
  LEO VILLONO
  JONATHAN WAGGONER
  KAYDEN WORLEY

Buckeyes

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday, 06:00pm

Coaches

  JUSTIN KIEFFER
  MIKE MANOFF

Players

  ELIAS ABOU-ZAKHIM
  BRADEN AMATANGELO
  PARKER ARGABRIGHT
  ETHAN DEVORE
  STEVEN JARVIS
  DOMINIC LASALLE
  JOSEPH MARSHALL
  LANDON MICHALAK
  GABE THURMAN

Tigers

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday, 06:00pm

Coaches

  ROD DIPAULO
  ELIJAH SCARPINO

Players

  MASON ANDREWS
  MATTHEW COLES
  KADEN DELAND
  TAYLOR DIPAULO
  JACOB GRAY
  JEB METTLER
  GAVIN PETTINI
  OZELL VARNADORE
  RILEY WAGGONER
  BRANDON WINES

Tar Heels

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday, 06:00pm

Coaches

  CHRISTINE CALHOUN
  PAMELA GOWEN

Players

  ALEXANDER CALHOUN
  MARVIN CARREL
  CHASE GOWEN
  DOMINICK GRAFTON
  BRADEN HALE
  THOMAS HASTINGS
  ELIJAH HASTINGS
  JACOB KING
  JAYDEN OAKES
  KAJEA STOKES

Hoyas

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday, 05:00pm

Coaches

  BRYAN JACOBS
  JAMES MACPHEE

Players

  MATTHEW CONWAY
  GRANT HANN
  ANDERSON HOSKINS
  JOSHUA LANTZ
  AZIER LIPKINS
  LUKE MARSH
  ZACHARY MCMICHAEL
  ERIK MILLER
  SAM SMITH
  CALEB YOUNGMAN

Seminoles

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday, 06:00pm

Coaches

  BRYAN ALMESTICA
  RYAN BARNETT

Players

  COLBIN CARRINGTON
  ADAM HESS
  GRANT LINN
  LANDON MANDAT
  JAYDEN MARTIN
  AYDEN SCHMUCKER
  BRENDEN TAYLOR
  NICHOLAS TERRELL
  BRANDEN WAKELEY
  AIDAN WHALEY
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Printable Roster/Schedule/Tournament

Boys Jr High Team Roster and Practice Schedule (click here to view and print)

Boys Jr High Game Schedule (click here to view and print) 

Playoff Tournament:  Feb 27 & 29, (click here to view tournament bracket)

Skills Challenge & Celebration:  March 5 at 5pm (corrected time as of March 5, 2020 9:45am)  We apologize for the incorrect time posted of 6pm originally.

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Coaches Resources

Please plan to attend all Assessments.  Coaches Training Meeting at 7pm on January 9, 2020, after assessments.

**Please submit all necessary signed paperwork to sports@firstfriends.org 

Jr High Basketball League Rules 2019  (click here to download)

Coaches Code of Conduct (Click here to download) – Needs Signed and Returned

Commitment to League Rules (Click here to download) – Needs Signed and Returned

Ohio Youth Concussion Test (Click Link)

Background Check (Click Link)

Under-18 Background Check (Click Link)

Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy (Click Link)

Coaches Information Sheet (Click Link)

Lindsay Law Handout (Click Link)

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Parent Resources

Click the links below to access each specific Parent Resource…

Picture Form (coming soon)

2019 Boys Jr High Basketball League Rules

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Devotionals

 

 

 

Contact Us

5455 Market Ave N.
Canton, OH 44714
330-966-6868
sports@firstfriends.org

A ministry of  First Friends Church

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