General Information

The Bantam (2nd-3rd Grade) Basketball League is geared toward players in 2nd-3rd Grade serving as an introduction to the sport of basketball.  The league is held in the Fall of the year.   Skills to be taught in this league include dribbling, passing, shooting and defense/footwork. Utilizing practice plans focused on teaching fundamentals and building upon those throughout the season to contribute to the growth of the total athlete. Incorporated in this process is our First Friends Sports Ministry Devotional program to enhance each athlete’s development outside of practices and games. For this league, players use Junior size basketballs (27.5) and play with the hoop adjusted to a height of 8 feet.


League Dates:  Fall 2022 Session:  September 15  –  November 5


Fee:  $40.00 league fee
$20.00 jersey fee. Black/red reversible basketball jersey from First Friends Sports. If you purchased one in previous years you do not need to purchase a new one.

Refund policy: $5.00 fee retained if refund requested. No refund will be given to any player who withdraws after the second week of practices. 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: Registration will be available online with debit/credit card at our website by June 17.    Registrations will be accepted until the league fills up or start of league, whichever occurs first.  Click on “register now” button on this webpage to register with debit/credit card, or click on link below to print form and return to church Welcome Desk with check/cash payment.  Office hours 9am-3pm Mon-Fri.


Policy on Requests: One request can be made for each child. Please click on the link Request Policy for information regarding requests.


First Practice:  September 15 at 5pm or 6pm.   There are no skill assessments for this league. Check website for posting of Team Rosters and Practice Times week before league begins.
Practice Day and Times: One day a week, Thursday 5:00 or 6:00pm (subject to change)


Required Parent Meeting:  During your child’s first practice, Sept 15.

Parents: Please consider coaching your child’s team.  Please view the “Coaches Resources” below.


Game Day and Times: Saturdays at 9am or 10am. (Subject to change).


End of Season Celebration:  November 5 in room L1,2,3 after the basketball games.


Weather Cancellation Policy:  Evening activities will be re-evaluated by staff and decisions for cancellation will be made and posted on website one hour prior to start of activity.


Questions? Call 330.966.6868 or email




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Printable Rosters/Schedule

Click on link to view BANTAM Basketball Team Roster/Practice Time/Game Schedule (when available)



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Picture Day

Basketball League Picture Taking Schedule TBA. (check website at later date)



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Coaches Resources

COACHES: Please volunteer to coach by indicating on the registration form.

Coaches meeting, Sept 6 at 7pm in room M121 inside gym, or on Sept 10 at 10am in room M121 inside gym.   There will also be training 15 minutes before each practice every week. If you have not completed a background check or concussion training in the last 3 years, please click on the link and follow the directions to complete one.

**Please submit all necessary signed paperwork to 

Youth Basketball Rules (click on link to view)

Bantam Basketball Practice Plan (click here to view)

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

Coaches Information Sheet (Click here to download) – Needs Completed and Returned

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)

Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy (Click Link)

Lindsay Law Information Sheet (Click Link)

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Parent Resources

Click the links below to access a downloadable/printable version of our Parent Resources…

Picture Day, TBA– check back for schedule and more information

Youth Basketball Rules (click on link to view)

Bantam Basketball Parent Meeting Handout (click on link to view)

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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