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 2023 Session:  September 14  –  November 4

 

Fee:  $50.00 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 is available online with debit/credit card at our website.  Please check your email immediately after completing the registration online for a confirmation email.  If you do not receive one, please call the sports office at 330-966-6868.  Paper registrations will be available in the church brochure racks by Aug 2 and can be turned in at the Welcome Desk with check/cash payment Mon-Fri 9am-3pm.

Registrations will be accepted until the league fills up Sept 8, 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.

 

CLICK HERE TO PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

 

Policy on Requests: One request can be made for each child. Please click on the link Request Policy (updated Aug 2023) for information regarding requests.

 

First Practice:  Sept 14   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 at 5:00 or 6:00pm

 

Required Parent Meeting:  During your child’s first practice on Sept 14.

 

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

 

Game Day and Times: Saturdays at 9am or 10am.

 

End of Season Celebration:  November 4 after the Parent vs Kids game.

 

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 sports@firstfriends.org.

 

 

 

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Team Rosters

Hustle

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday , 06:00pm

Coaches

  AARON FORD

Players

  WYATT FORD
  EMERSON GORDON
  ELLA HILL
  ADALYN HILL
  KASJMEIR JOHNSON
  FINNIGAN LAMB
  PIERCE NORMAN
  GAVIN SHELLEY

Herd

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday , 05:00pm

Coaches

  DEREK GORDON
  COREY SNYDER

Players

  BREANNA ANDERSON
  KAYA BEDEKAR
  CALVIN COOPER
  FOREST COOPER
  EZEKIEL GORDON
  SPENCER LANCE
  AUDREY LENHART
  ELIZABETH MCMICHAEL
  ISAAC RUCKER
  COLE SNYDER

Stars

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday , 05:00pm

Coaches

  ADAM GLADYSZ
  JARRECK MOSES

Players

  BRAYDEN DECKER
  CARL GLADYSZ
  JACOB LAROCCO
  THEO MAXEY
  MAXIMUS MOSES
  DJ ROONEY
  SOPHIA SCARPINO
  CASEY TOLIN
  ELYAS VORE

Blue Coats

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday , 06:00pm

Coaches

  JASON COURTER
  BRYAN DIXON

Players

  CARTER BRINSON
  MICHAEL CHESTER
  ANDERSON CLUGSTON
  ELIZA COURTER
  PARKER DIXON
  EZRIEL NORRICK
  AJ REDLESKI
  ISAIAH RIEDL
  EDEN UNANGST
  KASEN WOODARD

Charge

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday , 06:00pm

Coaches

  GRIFFIN LONG

Players

  JERAMIAH BEST
  DREW BRAKUS
  MICAH CHELLINSKY
  LILA COULTAS
  MACI CRUMBLEY
  EZEKIEL GORDON
  NIXON LEWIS
  THOMAS LONG
  HOLDEN WAKEFIELD

Legends

Location:
Practice Time: Thursday , 06:00pm

Coaches

  ROLANDO GALLARDO

Players

  BLAKE BEADLE
  GIOVANI GALLARDO
  ERIC GRAVES
  LYDIA HANCOCK
  BROOKLYNN PETERSON
  ISAIAH ROESTI
  LINCOLN SMITH
  ABIGAIL TYUS
  LANDEN WILLIAMS
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Printable Rosters/Schedule

Picture Day

Basketball League Picture Day

Click here to see schedule (when available)

 

 

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Coaches Resources

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

Coaches meeting:  August 24 at 7:30pm in room M121 inside church 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 sports@firstfriends.org 

Youth Basketball Rules (click on link 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, Sept 30, 2023– 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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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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