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.  Players and coaches are also encouraged to memorize scripture verses weekly.


League Dates:  January 7, 2021 – March 6, 2021


Fee: $65 Registration Fee
$20 Jersey Fee – (First Friends Sports jersey required, (black/red) please plan to purchase one, if you don’t already have one.)

Refund Policy:  ($5.00 fee retained for any refund requests) No refund will be given to any player who withdraws on or after the first week of games. An exception may be granted at the discretion of the staff due to medical reasons only. Further, no refund will be given to any player removed from the league during the course of the season for disciplinary reasons.  Please read the Sports Winter Covid-19 guidelines for more information regarding refunds.


Registration:   Registrations will be available on our website  November 2 with payment of debit/credit card.   Paper brochure registrations will be available at church November 6, or click on the link below to print a paper registration form.  Paper forms will be accepted  with check/cash at the Welcome Desk and in the Sports and Recreation Office during office hours Mon-Fri 9am-3pm.  Deadline to register:  Jan 4, or until the league fills up, whichever occurs first.


 Skill Assessments:  Jan 7 at 4 or 5:15pm.  Schedule will be posted on website Jan 5.   2nd Assessment:  Jan 9 at 1:15pm or 2:30pm.   Specific schedule will be posted on website 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.  Please wear masks when entering building, checking in and leaving building.  You will be receiving your new jersey before 1st game.

Parents Meeting:   This year because of the Coronavirus concerns, we will not be having a parent meeting at the church.  We will have a virtual meeting and parent meeting notes available on this website during the week of assessments.  There will be links for you to click on to view each of these.   Please contact the sports office with any questions

Requests can be made 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 4pm or 5:15pm.


Game Days: One day a week on Saturday afternoon at 1:15pm or 2:30pm


COACHES NEEDED!  Please indicate on registration form you would like to coach or assist coach and plan to attend assessments and Coaches Training Meeting, 1/9/21 after assessments.


End of Season CelebrationMar 6 after games


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.


Call 330.966.6868 or email





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Printable Roster/Schedule/Tournament

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

Boys Jr High Game Schedule:
(click here to view and print after practices begin)

Playoff Tournament:

Skills Challenge & Celebration:

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Coaches Resources

Please plan to attend all Assessments.  Coaches Training Meeting:  Jan 9 after assessments

**Please submit all necessary signed paperwork to 

**NEW** Lindsay’s Law Required Coaches’ Training Video

Jr High Basketball League Rules  (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…

Parent Welcome Letter (will be here first week of assessments)

Picture Information – TBA

Boys Jr High Basketball League Rules

Lindsay Law Parent Info Video (Click here to watch video)

Lindsay Law Parent Informational Handout (Click here to download)

Lindsay Law Parent Athlete Signature Form (Click here to download)

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