Youth Sports

at Fruit Cove



The Fields @ Fruit Cove Baptist Church have more than enough space for everyone to keep Socially Distant. Stay as far away from others as you feel comfortable with. Since we are outside for all our activities, masks/face coverings are optional for parents/spectators. The athletes will not be wearing masks as it restricts oxygen flow.

·Footballs will be sanitized regularly.

·Hand sanitizer pumps will be available at the entrance/exit gate and under the pavilion.

·We are limiting our enrollment to 50%.

·We will practice social distancing as much as possible in the gym.

·Shared equipment will be sanitized frequently.

·Spectators are encouraged to wear masks. 

·Players will NOT be wearing masks due to the decrease in oxygen levels while playing with a mask on.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to minimize risk.
These precautions are being done from a place of love for our neighbor and for those that are more vulnerable. We are not operating out of fear.

What youth sports do you offer?

We offer:
Basketball with Cheerleading through Upward
Flag Football with Cheerleading through Upward
Youth Football for Grades 4- 12

Do the boys and girls play together?

Upward Flag Football and Youth Football are both coed, meaning girls and boys will play on the same team.
Upward Basketball is not coed, the girls and boys play on their own separate teams/divisions (with the exception of the kindergarten division which is coed).

Will my 2nd grader be playing with a 5th grader?

No; we divide the kids up into divisions with other kids around their grade level. 2nd graders may play with 1st graders or even 3rd graders but never any younger than 1st grade or older than 3rd grade.
That is the same with every grade level from Kindergarten through 12thgrade.

When do the Youth Sports Seasons Start?

Youth Football and Upward Flag Football with Cheerleading – Registration starts in June, Evaluations are in August, Practices and Games start in September.

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading – Registration starts in August, Evaluations are in November, Practices and Games start in January.

When are Practices? Games?

Practices can fall on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Games are always on Saturdays.

How long are the Practices? Games?

Upward Basketball and Upward Flag Football with Cheer Practices and Games are one hour each. Practices run for 10 weeks and Games run for 8 weeks.

Youth Football (Grades 4-12) practices are twice a week – each practice is usually about 90 minutes long.

How many times a week does my child practice? Have Games?

With the exception of two Saturday practices at the start of the season, Upward Flag Football, Basketball, and Upward Cheer will only practice one day a week; Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday and will only play one game a week on Saturday.

Youth Football is twice a week.

What time will my child practice?

Youth Football and Upward Flag Football – Practices begin at 5, 6 or 7pm

Upward Basketball – Practices begin at 5, 6, 7 or 8pm

Cheer – Practices are at 6 with an occasional squad practicing at 6:30 or 7.

What time will my child play their game?

This will depend on their grade, we typically begin with the younger teams first and work our way through the day up to the oldest division. Games usually begin about 9am and sometimes will finish into the evening.

Where are the practices held? Games?

Youth Football and Upward Flag Football  – Practices and Games will be held at the back fields behind the parking lot at Fruit Cove Baptist Church.

Upward Basketball –  The majority of our middle school-aged children will have their practices at either Freedom Crossing Academy or San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church Gym. All Saturdays (therefore all games) will be at the Freedom Crossing Academy Gym. That includes the two Saturday Practices before games begin.

Girl teams up to and including 6th graders, and Boy teams up to and including 4th graders, will have their practices and games in the ROC Gym located on the Fruit Cove Baptist Church campus.

When does my child get their uniform?

Your child will receive their uniform no later than the first game of the season.

What equipment will my child need?

Upward Flag Football – Your registration fee includes the flags, uniform (jersey and shorts), and wristbands. You will need to provide your child with rubber cleats and a mouth guard. We recommend buying more than one mouth guard!

Upward Basketball – Your registration fee includes the uniform (jersey, t-shirt, and shorts) and wristbands. You will need to provide your child with tennis shoes.

Youth Football – Your registration fee has the option to include the soft helmet and shoulder pads if you do not already have them.
Both options for the registration fee (with gear or without gear) includes a uniform (jersey and shorts).
You will need to provide your child with rubber cleats and a mouth guard.  We recommend buying more than one mouth guard.

What size football will my child use for football?

Mini  –  Kindergarten-1st grade
Peewee  –  2nd-3rd grade
Junior   –  4th-5th grade
Youth    –  6th-8th grade
HS Official – 9th-12th grade

What size basketball will my child use for Basketball?

Middle School Boys (Grades 5-8) – 29 1/2″
Middle School Girls (Grades 5-7) – 28 1/2″
3rd/4th Grade Girls – 28 1/2″
3rd/4th Grade Boys – 28 1/2″
1st/2nd Grade Girls – 27 1/2″
1st/2nd Grade Boys – 27 1/2″
Kindergarten Boys and Girls – 25″

What Goal Height will my child play Basketball?

Middle School Boys (Grades 5-8) – 10′
Middle School Girls (Grades 5-7) – 10′
3rd/4th Grade Girls – 9′
3rd/4th Grade Boys – 9′
1st/2nd Grade Girls – 8′
1st/2nd Grade Boys – 8′
Kindergarten Boys and Girls – 8′

What if my child can’t make the evaluation days; can he still play?

Unfortunately, evaluations are mandatory.
In an effort to create competitively matched teams, the evaluation process is critical.

How many evaluation days does my kid have to attend?

Your child only has to attend one evaluation day, but they must attend one.

Can I choose the day my child will be evaluated?

You can bring your child to any one of the evaluation days that we have scheduled but you must bring them to one.

How long does the Evaluation process take?

Anywhere between 30 – 90 minutes depending on the amount of players that arrive at the same time.

How do I register my child for youth sports?

You can register your child on our SportsLife page at the Fruit Cove Baptist Church website at

Can My Child Play “Up”?

Yes.  If you feel that your child can play in an upper division due to his or her higher skill, please register them as a higher grade level.

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