7th-8th Middle School COED Basketball League


SPORTS LINE 330-966-0832



Evaluations: Tuesday, November 8th OR Monday, November 14th from 5:30-7:15pm

Practices: THURSDAY EVENINGS at Jackson Friends Church starting December 1st

Cost of registration: $85, and it is $17 for a jersey for anyone that doesn’t have one from last season.

Jackson Friends Church Middle School Coed Basketball League is for grades 7th and 8th girls and boys. The league is recreational and will focus on developing youths’ basketball skills, teaching good practice techniques, and developing interpersonal and teamwork skills. Each game will feature a half time devotion/prayer with the players. We want to make sure participants have an enjoyable experience with the game, learn about Jesus, and increase their basketball skills! Jackson Friends Sports Leagues give equal playing time for all kids!

Practices will be once a week on THURSDAY EVENINGS at Jackson Friends Church starting December 1st. There MAY be one other practice night available at Jackson Friends OR a close nearby facility (TBD). There will be a total of 11 practices and 9 games. There will be ONE Saturday practice on Saturday, December 3rd, to help the teams get three practices before the first game. Games in December will be on December 10th and 17th. Games will start back up January 7th and continue through February 18th to complete the regular season. Games will be played on Saturday late afternoon or evenings. There may be some games at The Rock in Canal Fulton, but the league size will determine if some games are played there. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season will make the playoff bracket. Teams that fall outside the top eight will play in a consolation game (so all teams will get at least 10 games) OR we may do a play in game for seeds 9 and below (TBA). Playoff first round games will be at Jackson Friends and will be played on Thursday evening on February 23rd (consolation games will also be at JFC on a night TBA). Playoffs should finish by Saturday, March 4th.

There will be two evaluation dates options that league participants may choose from, to be evaluated before teams are created. Tuesday, November 8th OR Monday, November 14th. Evaluations will run from 5:30 – 7:15 PM on both dates, and you may come ANYTIME during that time frame. For example, some kids may choose to come at 5:45 PM, while others may come at 6:30 PM, and so on. We recommend not coming right at the beginning, because that is always the biggest rush. We will be sending out the expectations for players and parents via email. We want to make sure we are all on the same page with expectations for both Jackson Friends and participants/parents! 

There will be a brief coaches meeting on Monday, November 14th, at 7:15 PM (immediately following the last evaluation night). It will take place in the bistro area, just outside the gym. We ask that all parents interested in helping coach attend this meeting. There will be a coaches application for first time coaches and we will also go over the rules, expectations, etc. for the season. We always need more coaches, so please sign up 🙂

As always, we will do our best to keep the facilities clean and safe for kids, parents and fans alike!

We hope you will join us this season!

Joel Bankert

Director of Sports & Recreation

Jackson Friends Church

JFC Middle School Basketball League RULES AND REGULATIONS