General Information

Special Message:  In light of the surging cases of Covid 19 in our region, we are re-scheduling the Girls Volleyball Assessments to the first week in January, 2021.  Please check your email for a message from us with more informaiton.

 

This league runs from January through March each year. Skill Assessments will be in late November/early December for registered participants. The Jr./High School League is for girls in Gr 7-12 with beginner through advanced level experience and are looking for fun and fellowship at the community level.  It is a three division format, breaking up the players by ability.  In teaching the skills of serving, serve reception, setting, passing, blocking, and transitioning, we strive to integrate fun into each aspect of the program while enabling each participant to be successful.

 

Athletes in this league use standard USVA equipment with no adaptation.  Athletes will need to provide their own knee pads and First Friends Sports League volleyball jerseys are required.  Each team consists of a roster of 9 players and two coaches. There are 8 games with practices once a week. There will be a short devotional time where we share biblical principles with the players and encourage them to pursue a life with Christ every week.

 

Note: The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is the governing body of athletic programs for junior and senior high schools in the state of Ohio.  According to OHSAA regulations, there is a limit on how many athletes participating on the same school teams may play on a team in First Friends Leagues.

 

 

League Dates:  December 7 to March 12, 2021

 

Fee:  $50.00 Registration Fee plus $20.00 jersey fee.  If you have the First Friends Volleyball jersey from 2020, 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.  Please read the Sports Winter Covid-19 guidelines for more information regarding refunds.

 

Registration:  Registrations for 2020/2021 winter league will be available November 2 online with debit/credit card.  Paper brochures will be available in  the church brochure racks Nov 6 and will be accepted with check/cash payment at the Welcome Desk during office hours Mon-Fri 9am-3pm. League fills up quickly. Register in the appropriate age group (registering in the wrong age group without approval could cause you to miss a spot due to quick fill up). No one moves without staff approval. Registration deadline: Dec 31 or when league fills up, whichever occurs first.  We will accept late registrations, if space available.  Please check with church office for office hours.  CLICK HERE TO PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

 

Skill Assessments are MANDATORY.  Two assessments are scheduled for each league for pre-registered participants and we request you attend both.  If you do not attend at least one assessment, you WILL play in the lower division.   Plan to arrive 15 minutes early and wear your FFC Volleyball jersey from 2020, if you have one.   If not able to come at scheduled skill assessment, please contact the Sports Office at sports@firstfriends.org. 

First Assessment:  Jan 4th: Schedule will be posted later.
Second assessment:  Jan 7th, Specific schedule for second assessment will be announced on website after 1st assessment.  Please check website after 1st assessment for schedule.

 

Parents Meeting:   This year because of the Coronavirus concerns, we will not be having a parent meeting at the church.  We will have a virtual meeting and parent meeting notes available on this website during the week of assessments.  There will be links for you to click on to view each of these.   Please contact the sports office with any questions sports@firstfriends.org.

Requests:  Please indicate requests on registration form at time of registration.   See policy below under “Parent Resources”.

 

Practice begins in January.  Practice Days:    One day a week for 1 hour.    Mondays at 4pm, 5:15pm or 6:30pm.  Location of practices will be at First Friends Church.   Please note that there will be a 15-minute devotional at each practice, either before or after the practice.  This is required, any player missing devotionals will sit out their first rotation of next game.

 

Game Day/Time:  Fridays 5pm, 6:15pm or 7:30pm  (All games played at First Friends Church).    There could be games scheduled  on weeknights during the end of the season.

 

End of Season Celebration Date:  TBA  

 

Equipment Needed:  Knee pads are recommended.

Note:  NO JEWELRY DURING PRACTICES OR GAMES, SHORTS MUST BE AT LEAST FINGERTIP LENGTH.   

 

Coaches Training Date:
Parents, We need you!!  If you would like to coach or assist with coaching, please indicate so on your child’s  registration form and plan to attend Zoom Training Meeting:  December 3 at 6-7pm or December 5 at 9-10am.

 

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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Schedule

Please click on the link to view the game schedule (click here after practices begin)

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Coaches Resources

Coaches Training Date:
Parents, if interested in helping with coaching, please indicate so on registration form and plan to attend Zoom Training Meeting, December 3 at 6-7pm or December 5 at 9-10am.  Please contact Angie Sabatucci at anghays@gmail.com

 

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

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

Volleyball Rules (Click here to download)

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 Policy (Click Link)

Lindsay Law Coaches Handout (Click Link)

Coaches Information Sheet (Click Link)

Application for Coaching (Click Link)

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Parent Resources

Please click on the links to download and view:

CLICK HERE TO PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

Volleyball Rules (Click here to download)

Volleyball Parent Meeting Handout (click here to download the day after Parent Meeting)

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)

CSP Breakdown (click here to download)

Picture Information (will be posted at later date)

 

Special Request Policy:
The First Friends Sports Ministry staff is committed to making the Youth Volleyball program a quality league that seeks to accommodate the needs of those who choose to participate.  That is because each individual matters to our league, to our staff and to our church.  This is the reason that the First Friends Sports program allows parents the opportunity to write in certain requests/preferences.  However, due to the large number of requests that we receive each season, it is impossible for our staff to fulfill every request.  We cannot honor requests that affect the competitive balance of the team.

Here is how the requests are prioritized:
1) Health Issues/Special Situations
2) Family
3) Carpool and Transportation
4) Preferences

That said, the First Friends Sports Ministry staff also recognizes that, in a league of our size, mistakes will be made.  If this is the case (i.e. your child is in the wrong division, an imperative carpool link is not met), then we would be happy to discuss a solution.  This can be done by contacting the First Friends Sports office at sports@firstfriends.org.  However, any other preference not met was the result of the above system of priorities and the rosters would be set as final.  Again, we do our best to accommodate as many requests as we can and regret any inconvenience.

 

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Canton, OH 44714
330-966-6868
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