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 2020 Session Cancelled due to Covid 19 limitations.  Please click on the link to read our Fall Sports Announcement at top of website page.  League normally begins in September and ends in November.  Please check back in July 2021 for details about fall league.

 

Fee:  $40.00 league fee (subject to change for 2021 season)
$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 and at the church Welcome Desk at least one month prior to start of league. Registrations will be accepted until the league fills up or Sept 10, whichever occurs first.

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

 

First Practice:  TBA.   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 Saturday Practice:  TBA

 

Required Parent Meeting: Normally held during your child’s first practice.

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

 

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

 

End of Season Celebration: Season ends with celebration at First Friends Church.  Details will be provided at later date.

 

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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Printable Schedule

BANTAM Basketball Schedule (click on link to view after first practice)

 

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Picture Day

Basketball League Picture Taking Schedule Oct 10, 2020. (check website at later date)

Picture forms will be handed out at practice, available to download and print from this page and the photographer will have some available.  Payment is due with order.

click here to download and print picture order form (coming soon)

 

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Coaches Resources

COACHES: Please volunteer to coach by indicating on the registration form. Coaches meeting, Sept 1 at 6pm inside First Friends 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 

Bantam 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…

CLICK HERE TO PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

Bantam Basketball Rules (click on link to view)

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

Family Devo’s Explanation Sheet (click on link to print)

 

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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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