General Information

We have moved our Boys Jr High Basketball league to begin in March after our local schools basketball season and opened it for Gr 6, 7 and 8.  Please check back in early February for more information.

The First Friends Sports Jr. High League is designed for  boys in grades 6, 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.  The league is divided into two divisions according to skill level.  There will be a short devotional time 15 minutes before games once a week 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.

 

Note: According to OHSAA regulations, boys who have participated on school teams may play in First Friends Leagues. However, there may not be more then two players from the same school team on any recreational team.

 

 

League Dates:  March 18 – May 16, 2024

 

Fee: $80 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.

 

Registration:   Registrations will be available online Friday, Feb 2.   Registration will be accepted online with debit/credit card payment.  Paper registrations will be available by Feb 9 and accepted at church Welcome Desk with check/cash payment.    Church office hours are Mon-Fri 9am-3pm.  Deadline to register:  Mar 15, or until the league fills up, whichever occurs first.

 

Click on the “Register” button above to register online.

 

 CLICK HERE TO PRINT REGISTRATION

 

 Skill AssessmentsMarch 18 and March 21. 

March 18 assessments will be at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm.  Please check back closer to date for your scheduled time.

March 21 second assessment schedule will be posted on website page after first 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 email (sports@firstfriends.org) or call the Sports office (330-966-6868) if something happens that prevents your son from attending one or both of the assessments.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to get checked in and 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.

 

Requests can be made on registration form, however, they are not guaranteed.  Please click on this link to view our Updated Policy on Team Rosters  Requests that affect the competitive balance of the team cannot be honored.  If you request another player, that player has to request you to be considered.

**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/Time:  Monday and/or Thursdays  at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm or 7pm.  Team Practice Schedule will be posted on website after 2nd assessment.  First practice, Monday, April 1.   Practice times subject to change dependent on the league size.  Please note new days for 2024.  No activities schedule week of March 25.

 

Game Days:  Mondays and Thursdays  Times 4pm, 5pm, 6pm or 7pm   Times are subject to change dependent on the league size.  Game schedule will be posted prior to first game.

 

COACHES NEEDED!  Please indicate on registration form you would like to coach or assist coach and plan to attend assessments and Coaches Training Meeting inside First Friends Church on March 12 at 7pm.

 

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

Oakland

Coaches

  RYAN BARNETT

Players

  ADRIAN BERNAL
  GRIFFIN BURGESS
  PRESTON CHAMBERS
  ATTICUS COPELAND
  DANIEL DATKULIAK
  ZAYDEN DESIATO
  TYLER DIXON
  DANIEL HAYWARD
  JACK NICHOLS
  DESMOND ROBY

Princeton

Coaches

  ZELONDRE HALL
  MORICE LAMAR

Players

  SILAS ACKERMAN
  TRITON ANSTINE
  SAM BEITLER
  ALEXANDER CARPENTER
  DEAIRE DAVENPORT
  ZACHERY KURZEN
  LUCAS MILLER
  ZY'MIERE MORGAN
  DONTE REEVES
  JOEY WILLING

St. Peters

Coaches

  RYAN FOSTER

Players

  MALACHI BAYLOR
  CALEB CROSS
  ANDERSON DISHONG
  ROWAN GOUGE
  GRANT HALL
  JOSEPH HOLLEY
  THEO KELLER
  COLIN LEWITZKE
  JOSIAH MUNTEAN
  LIAM ROESTI

Grand Canyon

Coaches

  ROBERT SHAFFER

Players

  MESSIAH BAILEY
  NATE BARTLETT
  JAXSON BOWMAN
  LOGAN LAVOIE
  ROCCO METHENEY
  CARMON RIVERS
  ADEN SHAFFER
  JAYMES SMITH
  ALECZANDER SPRING
  DAN WATSON

UCLA

Coaches

  TED DOTSON
  STEVEN LAUBACHER
  MIKE WALLS

Players

  WILL ALLEN
  CARTER ALLEN
  SAVONT DACIUS
  ROCCO DOTSON
  MY’KEL HARDY
  CALEB KNISELY
  AYDEN LANGE
  SEBASTIAN LAUBACHER
  SANTANA VALDEZ
  XAVIER WILKS

Ohio State

Coaches

  SHANE LEDFORD
  JASON WATT

Players

  DEMETRIO BAUTISTA-JONES
  ANTHONY BUDROW
  ROMAN DEERING
  HUDSON DEERING
  MADDOX HENDERSON
  LUCCA LEDFORD
  ROCCO LEDFORD
  DECATUR MCCRAE
  DOMINIC SMITH
  AUSTIN WATT

North Carolina

Coaches

  RYAN FOSTER
  DAKOTA L. HUDSON

Players

  CRUZ CLARK
  NOAH FOSTER
  J’QUAN GREEN
  JAHLEEL JACKSON
  JASHAWN JACKSON
  ISAAC MILLICAN
  ETHAN MILLICAN
  MASON PETERS
  MAXWELL PETERS
  JONAS THOMPSON

Gonzaga

Coaches

  STEVEN AYERS

Players

  BEN AYERS
  PARKER DAVENPORT
  NOLAN LEWIS
  JAYDEN LLOYD
  DEMETRIUS MARSHALL
  LUCAS MASCIOLI
  GREG PACE JR
  DEACON SCHNYDERS
  BLAKE STEPHENS
  TERRENCE TUBBS JR.
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Printable Roster/Schedule/Tournament

Boys Middle School Team Roster and Practice Times:

 

Practice Days:  – April 1, 4, 8 and 15

Please click here to download and view

 

Game Schedule:

Please click here to view game schedule

 

Tournament:   Click here to view schedule when available

 

 

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Coaches Resources

Please plan to attend all Assessments.  Coaches Training Meeting: March 12 at 7pm in room L2

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

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

Youth Basketball Rules

Youth Basketball Rotation Sheets

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 Information -TBA

Youth Basketball 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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Devotionals

 

 

 

Standings

St. Peters
1 - 0 - 0
Grand Canyon
1 - 0 - 0
UCLA
1 - 0 - 0
North Carolina
1 - 0 - 0
Oakland
0 - 1 - 0
Princeton
0 - 1 - 0
Ohio State
0 - 1 - 0
Gonzaga
0 - 1 - 0
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Schedule

Upcoming Schedule

Home Team Away Team Game Date Game Time Venue
Grand Canyon St. Peters 4/18/24 5:00pm East
Princeton Oakland 4/18/24 5:00pm West
Gonzaga Ohio State 4/18/24 6:00pm West
North Carolina UCLA 4/18/24 6:00pm East
Oakland St. Peters 4/22/24 5:00pm East
Grand Canyon Princeton 4/22/24 5:00pm West
Ohio State UCLA 4/22/24 6:00pm East
North Carolina Gonzaga 4/22/24 6:00pm West
Oakland Princeton 4/25/24 5:00pm East
St. Peters Grand Canyon 4/25/24 5:00pm West
Ohio State Gonzaga 4/25/24 6:00pm East
UCLA North Carolina 4/25/24 6:00pm West
TBA TBA 4/29/24 5:00pm East
TBA TBA 4/29/24 5:00pm West
TBA TBA 4/29/24 6:00pm West
TBA TBA 4/29/24 6:00pm East
Grand Canyon Oakland 5/2/24 5:00pm West
Princeton St. Peters 5/2/24 5:00pm East
North Carolina Ohio State 5/2/24 6:00pm West
Gonzaga UCLA 5/2/24 6:00pm East
Princeton Grand Canyon 5/6/24 5:00pm East
St. Peters Oakland 5/6/24 5:00pm West
UCLA Ohio State 5/6/24 6:00pm West
Gonzaga North Carolina 5/6/24 6:00pm East
St. Peters Princeton 5/9/24 5:00pm West
Oakland Grand Canyon 5/9/24 5:00pm East
Ohio State North Carolina 5/9/24 6:00pm East
UCLA Gonzaga 5/9/24 6:00pm West
TBA TBA 5/13/24 5:00pm West
TBA TBA 5/13/24 5:00pm East
TBA TBA 5/13/24 6:00pm West
TBA TBA 5/13/24 6:00pm East
TBA TBA 5/16/24 5:00pm West
TBA TBA 5/16/24 5:00pm East
TBA TBA 5/16/24 6:00pm East
TBA TBA 5/16/24 6:00pm West

Past Games

Away Team Home Team Game Date Game Time Away Score Home Score Venue
Grand Canyon Oakland 4/11/24 5:00pm 44 42 East
Princeton St. Peters 4/11/24 5:00pm 43 48 West
Gonzaga UCLA 4/11/24 6:00pm 23 52 West
North Carolina Ohio State 4/11/24 6:00pm 49 42 East
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Eastern

Standings

St. Peters
1 - 0 - 0
Grand Canyon
1 - 0 - 0
Oakland
0 - 1 - 0
Princeton
0 - 1 - 0

Upcoming Schedule

Home Team Away Team Game Date Game Time Venue
Grand Canyon St. Peters 4/18/24 5:00pm East
Princeton Oakland 4/18/24 5:00pm West
Oakland St. Peters 4/22/24 5:00pm East
Grand Canyon Princeton 4/22/24 5:00pm West
Oakland Princeton 4/25/24 5:00pm East
St. Peters Grand Canyon 4/25/24 5:00pm West
TBA TBA 4/29/24 5:00pm East
TBA TBA 4/29/24 5:00pm West
Grand Canyon Oakland 5/2/24 5:00pm West
Princeton St. Peters 5/2/24 5:00pm East
Princeton Grand Canyon 5/6/24 5:00pm East
St. Peters Oakland 5/6/24 5:00pm West
Oakland Grand Canyon 5/9/24 5:00pm East
St. Peters Princeton 5/9/24 5:00pm West
TBA TBA 5/13/24 5:00pm East
TBA TBA 5/13/24 5:00pm West
TBA TBA 5/16/24 5:00pm East
TBA TBA 5/16/24 5:00pm West

Past Games

Away Team Home Team Game Date Away Score Home Score
Grand Canyon Oakland 4/11/24 44 42
Princeton St. Peters 4/11/24 43 48

Team Rosters

Oakland

Coaches

  RYAN BARNETT

Players

  ADRIAN BERNAL
  GRIFFIN BURGESS
  PRESTON CHAMBERS
  ATTICUS COPELAND
  DANIEL DATKULIAK
  ZAYDEN DESIATO
  TYLER DIXON
  DANIEL HAYWARD
  JACK NICHOLS
  DESMOND ROBY

Princeton

Coaches

  ZELONDRE HALL
  MORICE LAMAR

Players

  SILAS ACKERMAN
  TRITON ANSTINE
  SAM BEITLER
  ALEXANDER CARPENTER
  DEAIRE DAVENPORT
  ZACHERY KURZEN
  LUCAS MILLER
  ZY'MIERE MORGAN
  DONTE REEVES
  JOEY WILLING

St. Peters

Coaches

  RYAN FOSTER

Players

  MALACHI BAYLOR
  CALEB CROSS
  ANDERSON DISHONG
  ROWAN GOUGE
  GRANT HALL
  JOSEPH HOLLEY
  THEO KELLER
  COLIN LEWITZKE
  JOSIAH MUNTEAN
  LIAM ROESTI

Grand Canyon

Coaches

  ROBERT SHAFFER

Players

  MESSIAH BAILEY
  NATE BARTLETT
  JAXSON BOWMAN
  LOGAN LAVOIE
  ROCCO METHENEY
  CARMON RIVERS
  ADEN SHAFFER
  JAYMES SMITH
  ALECZANDER SPRING
  DAN WATSON

Contact Us

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

A ministry of  First Friends Church

© 2024

Western

Standings

UCLA
1 - 0 - 0
North Carolina
1 - 0 - 0
Ohio State
0 - 1 - 0
Gonzaga
0 - 1 - 0

Upcoming Schedule

Home Team Away Team Game Date Game Time Venue
North Carolina UCLA 4/18/24 6:00pm East
Gonzaga Ohio State 4/18/24 6:00pm West
Ohio State UCLA 4/22/24 6:00pm East
North Carolina Gonzaga 4/22/24 6:00pm West
Ohio State Gonzaga 4/25/24 6:00pm East
UCLA North Carolina 4/25/24 6:00pm West
TBA TBA 4/29/24 6:00pm East
TBA TBA 4/29/24 6:00pm West
North Carolina Ohio State 5/2/24 6:00pm West
Gonzaga UCLA 5/2/24 6:00pm East
Gonzaga North Carolina 5/6/24 6:00pm East
UCLA Ohio State 5/6/24 6:00pm West
Ohio State North Carolina 5/9/24 6:00pm East
UCLA Gonzaga 5/9/24 6:00pm West
TBA TBA 5/13/24 6:00pm East
TBA TBA 5/13/24 6:00pm West
TBA TBA 5/16/24 6:00pm East
TBA TBA 5/16/24 6:00pm West

Past Games

Away Team Home Team Game Date Away Score Home Score
North Carolina Ohio State 4/11/24 49 42
Gonzaga UCLA 4/11/24 23 52

Team Rosters

UCLA

Coaches

  TED DOTSON
  STEVEN LAUBACHER
  MIKE WALLS

Players

  WILL ALLEN
  CARTER ALLEN
  SAVONT DACIUS
  ROCCO DOTSON
  MY’KEL HARDY
  CALEB KNISELY
  AYDEN LANGE
  SEBASTIAN LAUBACHER
  SANTANA VALDEZ
  XAVIER WILKS

Ohio State

Coaches

  SHANE LEDFORD
  JASON WATT

Players

  DEMETRIO BAUTISTA-JONES
  ANTHONY BUDROW
  HUDSON DEERING
  ROMAN DEERING
  MADDOX HENDERSON
  ROCCO LEDFORD
  LUCCA LEDFORD
  DECATUR MCCRAE
  DOMINIC SMITH
  AUSTIN WATT

North Carolina

Coaches

  RYAN FOSTER
  DAKOTA L. HUDSON

Players

  CRUZ CLARK
  NOAH FOSTER
  J’QUAN GREEN
  JASHAWN JACKSON
  JAHLEEL JACKSON
  ISAAC MILLICAN
  ETHAN MILLICAN
  MAXWELL PETERS
  MASON PETERS
  JONAS THOMPSON

Gonzaga

Coaches

  STEVEN AYERS

Players

  BEN AYERS
  PARKER DAVENPORT
  NOLAN LEWIS
  JAYDEN LLOYD
  DEMETRIUS MARSHALL
  LUCAS MASCIOLI
  GREG PACE JR
  DEACON SCHNYDERS
  BLAKE STEPHENS
  TERRENCE TUBBS JR.