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 2021 Session:  Sept. 16 – Nov 13.

 

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 on 6/23/21.  Registrations will be available at the church Welcome Desk by July 9.    Registrations will be accepted until the league fills up or Sept 16, whichever occurs first.  Click on “register” 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.

CLICK HERE TO PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

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

 

First Practice:  Sept 16, 2021.   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

Extra Saturday Practice:  Sept 18 at 9am or 10am.

 

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 9am or 10am. First game Sept 25.

 

End of Season Celebration:  Nov 13, planned to be at 10:30am -11:30am in First Friends gym.  A brunch will be provided please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

 

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

Malone

Location: East
Practice Time: Thursday , 05:00pm
Extra Practice: Saturday, September 18 @9AM

Coaches

  RYAN GERBER
  ZEKE YOST

Players

  CARSIN BOLES
  RICARDO FRANCISCO
  COEN GERBER
  EOUN GIAVASIS
  CLARENCE HARRIS
  HARPER HUTCHINGS
  BRYANT JONES
  CHRISTIAN MUNFORD
  LANDEN MYERS
  MASON SHONKWILER

Wooster

Location: West
Practice Time: Thursday , 05:00pm
Extra Practice: Saturday, September 18 @9AM

Coaches

  RYAN BARNETT

Players

  JAEDEN ABRAMS
  HENRY AUSTIN
  MAYSEN KILGO
  SLOANE MALINSKY
  JUDE PANCHER
  LORENZO PENCE
  ETHAN SCHEETZ
  EVAN SCHEETZ
  JALISSA WEST
  MASON ZOOK

Akron

Location: East
Practice Time: Thursday , 06:00pm
Extra Practice: Saturday, September 18 @10AM

Coaches

  RYAN BARNETT
  DAVID MILLER

Players

  JAMES BORLAND
  JAMARION BRANTLEY
  MASON KAUTZ
  AUBREY MARTIN
  MARCUS MARTINEZ
  TYLER MICHEL
  LUCAS MILLER
  LOGAN WOLFE
  AUDRINA YOUNG

Kent State

Location: East
Practice Time: Thursday , 06:00pm
Extra Practice: Saturday, September 18 @10AM

Coaches

  DOUG KIBBY
  SALLY MARPLE
  TINA ROSENBERRY

Players

  JUSTIN ABERNATHY JR.
  LYDIA CARRICK
  CALEB CARRICK
  ROWAN GOUGE
  SAMUEL KIBBY
  JACK MARPLE
  QUINN MCCANN
  BRANAE OWENS
  THOMAS ROSENBERRY
  OLIVIA STARCHER

Walsh

Location: West
Practice Time: Thursday , 06:00pm
Extra Practice: Saturday, September 18 @10AM

Coaches

  NIK SNYDER
  LANDON THORNE

Players

  AIDEN BARONE
  JACK COYNE
  PORTER CRAMER
  LEVI DETWEILER
  MARCUS LITTLE
  LIAM PAUMIER
  GAVIN POSTON
  KAYDEN ROBERTSON
  FOSTER SCHUMAKER
  AIDAN WELLOCK

Mount Union

Location: West
Practice Time: Thursday , 06:00pm
Extra Practice: Saturday, September 18 @9AM

Coaches

  MISTY BRYANT
  AARON FORD

Players

  WYATT BRYANT
  EMERSON DYE
  ISAIAH EGBERT
  IAN FORD
  NATALIA GONZALEZ
  CLAIRE MILLINGTON
  ADELAIDE PRISET
  GAVIN SHELLEY
  LINCOLN SMITH
  KAESON SPEARMAN
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Printable Rosters/Schedule

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, Tuesday, August 31 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 

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, October 16– 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

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