7706 Ewing Rd, Powell, TN 37849 10:30am & 6:00pm

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“That you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel”
Philippians 1:27b (NKJV)
Darin Mercer

Darin Mercer


Who can play?  Any child in the church or community that meets the age requirements.
Age determination will be based on the registration deadline.
Please contact Darin Mercer if there are any exceptions.

Cost: total cost is $35 per child, $100 maximum per family (uniform included in cost)

What is Strive Sports? Strive Sports is the youth sports ministry provided by First Baptist Church of Powell/Fountain City created to provide a Christ-centered approach to youth sports. Our purpose is to bring glory to God by having competitive sports which focus on children striving to be more like Christ and simultaneously striving to improve their athletic skills.

Why have Strive? To provide Christ-centered, competitive youth leagues for the church and the community which teaches skill development, fundamentals of the sport, integrity, sportsmanship, teamwork, and Biblical values

Where: First Baptist Powell Church Campus

Registration: You can register by printing and completing the registration form below or at the church office.

  • Soccer: Registration: Open (Deadline is March 5)
  • Basketball: Registration: Closed

Will the score be kept during games?: The league will keep score during games.



Does Strive have any unique rules for soccer? Why play 3vs3, 4vs4 and 7vs7?

Strive Sports utilizes the rules for soccer established by FIFA, but below is a chart which provides details of how each league is structured for each age group.

There are several advantages of having teams with fewer players and fewer players on the field. Less players on the field will allow each player to touch the ball exponentially more times, which will enable each child to get more experience and develop at a much faster rate. The skill level of each child will increase with fewer players, and this also provides coaches with more time with each child. More goals are scored with less players and this raises the level of excitement for the players. There will be no goalkeepers for 4-5 year olds and 1st-2nd grade divisions. The more times in each game and practice each child can be more involved will make each child a better player and allow each child to be more involved in all aspects of the game, and most importantly each child has more fun and gets to play more minutes each game.

Age cutoff date is March 5th.

Evaluations will be held on the soccer field: 4u @ 10am, 6u @ 11 am, 8u/10u @ Noon

** Click here to Download Registration Form for Soccer **

Age Groups Players on Field Length of Game Goal Size Ball Size
4 yr. olds 4 v 4 18 minute halves 4’h x 6’w 3
5 and 6 yr. olds 5 v 5 24 minute halves 6’h x 12’w 4
7 and 8 yr. olds 7 v 7 24 minute halves 8’h x 24’w 4
9 and 10 yr. olds 7 v 7 24 minute halves 8’h x 24’w 4

League Schedule for 2016 Strive Soccer

Registration Deadline Saturday, March 5th
Player Evaluations Saturday, March 5th