First Friends Sports Ministry is moving in a different direction for boys age 14 and under by April 30, 2019. Boys age 15 are invited to join our Men’s Softball League. Instead of a three team in-house league like in past season, we will be putting together 1 or 2 14U (boys under the age of 14, by April 30) travel level teams to compete in the Sandlot division of the Stark Summit Baseball League. Please click on the “Important Information” tab to read all information.
|Registration||Please complete a registration form online or print one from this website and submit to the First Friends Sports Office, to register to try out. After the try-outs are over, and a team has been selected and you have been notified, If you have been selected to be on the team, please complete a Team Registration form and submit the fee to Sports Office by Saturday, Nov 2. Form is available to download and print on this website under "Important Information" tab, or the coach will have paper forms available at Parent Meeting after the team is picked.|
|Fees||$300.00 per participant (includes full jersey package of a home and away jersey, pants and a team hat). Fee raised $25.00 to cover the cost of indoor workouts over the winter and anticipated SSBL increase in league fees for 2019.|
|Duration||August 4, 2018 to July 6, 2019|
|Location||First Friends Church
5455 Market Ave N
Canton, OH 44714
and other locations within 1 half hour drive from First Friends Church
First Friends Sports Ministry is moving in a different direction for boys age 14 and under by April 30, 2019. Boys age 15 are invited to join our Men’s Softball League. Instead of a three team in-house league like in past season, we will be putting together 1 or 2 14U (boys under the age of 14, by April 30) travel level teams 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 2018 season. The 2018 season begins in April and ends beginning of July.
–Age Requirement MUST BE AGE 14 OR UNDER ON/BEFORE APRIL 30, 2019.
–Tryouts: Tryouts for the 2019 season are scheduled for Saturday, Aug 4 at 12Noon and on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 6pm and on Saturday, Aug 11 at 12Noon on ballfields #2. 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 www.ssbl1.com.
–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. 2018/2019 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.
|Home Team||Away Team||Game Date||Game Time||Venue|
|Alliance FOP Lodge 73||First Friends Team||5/28/19||6:00pm||Alliance|
|First Friends Team||Massillon Orange||5/30/19||6:00pm||First Friends Church|
|First Friends Team||Coventry Bad News Bears||6/1/19||1:00pm||First Friends Church|
|Massillon Heat||First Friends Team||6/3/19||6:00pm||Massillon|
|First Friends Team||Orrville Red Riders||6/6/19||6:00pm||First Friends Church|
|Streetsboro Rockets||First Friends Team||6/8/19||4:00pm||Streetsboro|
|Lake Center||First Friends Team||6/11/19||6:00pm||Lake Center|
|First Friends Team||Northwest Indians||6/15/19||1:00pm||First Friends Church|
|First Friends Team||Lake Center||6/17/19||6:00pm||First Friends Church|
|First Friends Team||Manchester Panthers||6/20/19||6:00pm||First Friends Church|
|Coventry Bad News Bears||First Friends Team||6/21/19||6:00pm||Coventry|
|First Friends Team||Alliance FOP Lodge 73||6/22/19||2:00pm||First Friends Church|
|First Friends Team||Massillon Heat||6/24/19||6:00pm||First Friends Church|
|Away Team||Home Team||Game Date||Game Time||Away Score||Home Score||Venue||First Friends Team||Barberton Magics||5/3/19||6:00pm||Barberton|
|First Friends Team||Northwest Indians||5/7/19||6:00pm||Northwest|
|First Friends Team||Massillon Orange||5/10/19||6:00pm||Massillon|
|Streetsboro Rockets||First Friends Team||5/11/19||1:00pm||First Friends Church|
|First Friends Team||Orrville Red Riders||5/17/19||6:00pm||Orrville|
|Barberton Magics||First Friends Team||5/18/19||1:00pm||First Friends Church|
Please click on the link to view 2018-2019 Parent Meeting Handout (coming soon)
Please click on the link to view Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to view 14U P3 Devotional (will be updated at a later date)