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First Friends Sports Ministry is moving in a different direction for boys age 14 and under by April 30, 2020. Boys age 15 are invited to join our Men’s Softball League. We will be putting together a team(s) for age 12U and/or 14U (boys age 9-14 by April 30, 2020) travel level team (s) to compete in the Sandlot division of the Stark Summit Baseball League. 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.



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Important Information


First Friends Sports Ministry is moving in a different direction for boys age 14 and under by April 30, 2020.  Boys age 15 are invited to join our Men’s Softball League.  We will be putting together a 12U and/or 14U (boys under the age of 12 and/or 14, by April 30, 2020) travel level team (s) to compete in the Sandlot division of the Stark Summit Baseball League.   See below for all information.  Please click on the “parent resources” to see a link to a Frequently Asked Question document for the upcoming 2020 season.  The 2020 season begins in April and ends beginning of July.

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.

Age Requirement MUST BE AGE 12 or under for 12U team, and Age 14 OR UNDER ON/BEFORE APRIL 30, 2020.

Tryouts:    Tryouts for the 2020 season are August 3 from 1-3pm on First Friends Church ball fields. (Rain Date Aug 10 1-3pm)  If more are scheduled, they will be posted at the top of this page.  Players trying out should bring their own glove. Cleats are not necessary but are recommended. They can also bring their own bat as long as it’s an approved bat with a 2 3/4″ barrel maximum and a maximum -5 length to weight differential.

Team Selection: This team (or teams) is selected by tryout (not everyone will make a team as in past years).  The decision to take players is solely up to the coach(es) and his analysis of the needs of the team(s) he will be managing. All decisions are final.

League Information: The Stark Summit Baseball Leagues serves youth baseball and teams of all ages in Stark, Summit and Portage Counties. This league is divided into several tiers or divisions of competition ranging from highly competitive to intermediate competition. This season we will participate as a member of the Sandlot division, the entry level program into the SSBL. Though entry level, this division is still competitive and we will have competitive expectations for our team(s) and their players. More information is available at their website at

Mandatory Parents’ Meeting: A Parent Meeting will be scheduled and announced at a later date.

Practice/Game Days:   Schedule will be announced after team is chosen.  Last year practices were held in the Fall at First Friends Church, unless notified otherwise throughout the fall until weather becomes inclement.  Practices will be held indoors during the winter months beginning in January one or two days a week and a schedule will be available closer to that time.    In the Spring teams will have practices and/or games on three days each week outside. We will try to keep practices/home games consistent on Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays, but away games and rescheduled practices may fall on other days of the week. Practices will range from an hour and a half to two hours in length.  2019/2020 schedule subject to change.

Game Information: Teams will play 16+ regular season games plus two tournaments (one of them being the end-of-season Sandlot Division State Tournament. We will know more details on games after the April  SSBL Scheduling Meeting.  The game schedule reflects all of our regular season league-affilliated games.  On occasion, we may incorporate scrimmages not listed on game schedule. 

Location of Practices:  First Friends Church and possible alternate locations nearby if practices need rescheduled/field conditions are poor.

Home Field for Games:  First Friends Church

Uniform Package: Players will receive their uniform kits which are already included in their registration fee. This uniform kit will include a home and away jersey, pants and a team hat. Parents will be responsible for providing a glove, a pair of cleats and getting their players to and from games and practices..

Equipment Needed: Baseball glove and baseball cleats (no metal cleats) need to be purchased by each player.

Festival Date:  Date & Time TBA  First Friends will provide pizza and soda/water for everyone.  If you would like to bring a side or dessert, that would be appreciated.

Please click on the tab “Parent Resources” to download and view the Parent Meeting Handout and the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Travel Baseball Director:  Steve Humphrey, Dan Kamwesa
Sports Office:  Risa Blyer
Questions? Call 330.966.6868 or email

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