General Information

The FFC Men’s Open Basketball League is designed to provide a competitive men’s league in the Stark area for men age 18-39. Based on First Friends Sports Ministry concepts, the league is intended to provide competition in a warm and friendly fashion. During this unique time of fellowship, each participant is introduced to the claims of Christ and is encouraged to share with each other during post or pre-game huddles how Christ is impacting their lives.  Some playing experience is preferred, intermediate to advanced skill level. Registrations are on an individual basis, and all teams are drafted after the open gyms. A team consists of 6 to 8 men. 

 

League Dates:  August   – November

 

Fee: $80.00 due with registration (2023 fee subject to change)
Additional jersey fee $20.00.   First Friends reversible black/red sports jersey required. (Do not need to purchase if you already have one.)

Refund Policy:  ($5.00 fee for all refunds)  No refund will be given to any player who withdraws on or after the first week of games. 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.

 

Requests:  Requests are not guaranteed. Teams are drafted by the coaches.  Requests that affect the competitive balance of the team cannot be honored.

Registration:  Registration will be available one month prior to start of league.   Payment with debit/credit card is required at time of online registration.  Paper registrations will be available in the church by TBA and will be accepted at the church Welcome Desk Mon-Fri 9am – 3pm with check/cash payment.  All registrations accepted until TBA, or when league fills up, whichever occurs first.  League fills up quickly, register as soon as able.  Please do not include your Sports Fee in your church offering.

Click on “Register Now” button above, when available to register online.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO PRINT REGISTRATION FORM Payment of check/cash required with paper form.

 

Open Gym:  For pre-registered paid participants only.  Two open gyms:  TBA     Schedule will be posted on this website page day of open gym, check schedule before attending.   Please wear your FFC black/red sports jersey.  New ones will be available to purchase at the Sports office near the gym.

 

Game Day/Times:  Thursdays; Times 7pm, 8pm or 9pm  (2023 times, subject to change)

 

 

Gender 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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Team Rosters

Suns

Coaches

  ADAM WEAVER

Players

  JUSTIN DAGUE
  ERIC DAGUE
  LEVERT HARE III
  TRAVIS HARE
  JOHNATHAN JONES
  AARON MARTIN
  LINDSAY RIGBY

Tigers

Coaches

  DEREK SHANKLIN

Players

  CHANCE BERKSHIRE
  DENELL DOTSON
  DAVANTE DOTSON
  KAYLOP FOUTY-BLANKENSHIP
  DJ HAGGINS
  DENNIS LEEK JR
  DUSTIN ZELLERS

Cavs

Coaches

  BLAKE BRUCE

Players

  TEVIN BURNETT
  JACOB ICKES
  PAUL ORTIZ
  MO RASOUL
  SHALAMAR RISBY
  JASON ROSENDARY
  STEVEN SHIMKO

Timberwolves

Coaches

  GRIFFIN LONG

Players

  AUSTIN BRADY
  LANDEN DEMOS
  DYLAN EAKINS
  BRANDON EMRICK
  BRANDON RALSTON
  BRIAN SCHULLER
  TYLER SCHULLER

Globetrotters

Coaches

  LANDON THORN

Players

  THEODORE ELFAYE
  JASON EPPLEY
  JALEN FOSTER
  LAVANTE JOAQUIN
  ETHAN LAUGHMAN
  ELI LAUGHMAN
  RYAN SWEISTHAL

Thunder

Coaches

  RYAN BARNETT

Players

  BRIAR BARABASCH
  SHAWN CLAWSON
  DEREK GRELLA
  ROBERT HAWKINS
  VICTOR HOOD
  ROGER JONES
  JAKE NIEPORTE

Hornets

Coaches

  RJ JACKSON

Players

  CHRISTIAN ELLIS
  BLAKE HENSLEY
  SABAR LEMOINE
  GENTRI LILLY
  DAVID MILLER
  JON MILLER
  BRAD ZIMMERMAN

Heat

Coaches

  ZEKE YOST

Players

  ANDRE FOUTNER
  JARED GRIMES
  ZELONDRE HALL
  JALYNN HOLMES
  DRAGON MARTINEZ
  DAVONTE ROSS
  DWAYNE SPENCER

Lakers

Coaches

  ANDREW GEORGE

Players

  CHUCK CARD
  JAYLEN HUTCHINS
  KYLE KEIPER
  BRANDYN NEAL
  MATT STROBELT
  BENJAMIN WALKER
  SHERMAN WILKINSON

Grizzlies

Coaches

  ANTHONY YOUNG

Players

  SEAN BLACKMON
  DASEAN BURNETT
  MARK CAMPBELL
  CRAIG CLARK
  MYLES MARTIN
  TIM PINTER III
  JETT TINLIN

Warriors

Coaches

  GENO MYERS

Players

  ZAYDEN BLILE
  RICARDO FRANCISCO
  FOU HAYEK
  DAVARIUS JACKSON
  TYLER JOHNS
  DARTEZ JOHNSON
  DE'JEAN KING
  JARED SCOTT

Spurs

Coaches

  ANDREW HALL

Players

  PEYTON MITRES
  BILL POULOS
  CRAIG PRIESTER
  JOSHUA RHOADS
  SAMUEL SCARPINO
  RYAN SMITH
  ERIC TOMBLIN
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Printable Roster and Schedule

Please click on the link below to view Printable Roster/Schedule

 

Men’s Open Basketball Roster (when available)

 

 

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Coaches Resources

Date of Draft:  TBA

Adult Basketball Rules (click on link to view)

Abuse Prevention Policy

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Devotionals

Devotional attendance is required. Anyone who misses a team devotional will have to sit out the first 12 minutes of the next game. Devotionals are after the 7:00pm and 8:00pm games. If you play in the 9:00pm game, your devotional will be at 8:45pm before your game starts. Again, devotionals are a required part of the league.

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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