We offer a number of sports and fitness opportunities at First Friends Church!  For an overview, browse the links below for more information on each activity.


Our Youth Basketball league is a seasonal ministry that occurs each winter for kids in grades K-6. It is broken up into four divisions (grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6) plus an 8 week Kindergarten Clinic. Our intention is for this to be a welcoming and instructional league for children of all skill levels. The league begins with a skills assessment in mid November (see dates below) and progresses through the first full weekend in March, concluding with a Tournament on Saturday the 6th! If you have any questions, please contact our league director Matt Mason (matt.mason@salemfirstfriends.org).

After choosing to lay down our league last year, we are excited to offer our Youth Basketball program again for the 2021-2022 season! You can check out all the details by clicking here to view a PDF of our promotional information (including discounts and more dates), but here are the important dates to know for now: 

Early Registration Deadline ($50) – November 7th (EXTENDED!)

Regular Registration Deadline ($65) – November 22nd (EXTENDED!)

Kindergarten Clinic Registration Deadline ($30) – December 15th

Mandatory Skill Evaluations for grades 1-6 – TBD

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REGISTRATION PAGE FOR OUR LEAGUE

Again, please reach out to League Director Matt Mason with any questions. We look forward to welcoming kids and families back into our gym for another great season!

We offer various Men’s and Women’s open gym times throughout the year for exercise, friendly competition, and fellowship. These schedules flex based on the season. Please call the church office for more info (330-332-0001).

Our church places a team in the local church softball league each summer. The season runs from June through August, and all games are played in Salem. Please contact our team leader, Andy Black (andy@salemfirstfriends.org) in April if you would like to play.

We have a standing Tee Time at Flying B golf course for 9 holes on Monday nights at 5:30 during the golf season. Come out and join us for some golf and fellowship any time!

On Thanksgiving morning, we hold a pick-up back-yard football game. The game is aptly named the “Turkey Bowl” and a traveling trophy, which rotates between our pastoral offices based on winning teams, is up for grabs! Come on out and enjoy the fun!