Since 1968 First Baptist Athletics has offered families in the Indianapolis area a youth sports program with an educational emphasis on athletics and respect. Today at FBA there are over 2,000 families choosing to play little league baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, and soccer at our facility. Conveniently located on the corner of 86th Street and College Avenue, families will never have to travel to other facilities to play games or practices. FBA has a beautiful 40 acre property with a gym on site. With 12 baseball fields and 11 soccer fields, FBA staff are able to work with families on an individual needs basis to meet most scheduling conflicts when assigning children to teams.
FBA’s philosophy is to provide a safe environment that will encourage participation and learning fundamentals. The original name, CCA,stood for Church and Community Athletics. This name symbolized the vision of teaching young people and coaches how to compete on the playing field without sacrificing sportsmanship and respect for others. FBA provides an alternative to sports programs who emphasize winning at all costs. This unusual balance of athletic competition and good sportsmanship has made First Baptist Athletics a recognized leader in youth sports programing and child development.
The FBA goal is to show children how to win, how to lose, and how to demonstrate good sportsmanship at the same time. Today’s social culture often glorifies poor sportsmanship and lack of respect for others, but FBA coaches, commissioners, parents, and volunteers are expected to model and teach young athletes how to compete graciously in the hopes of learning larger lessons in life.
FBA’s motto “The Place for Good Sports” illustrates that we can use athletics to teach children life-long values:
- The importance of teamwork and fair play
- Respect for others
- Being a gracious winner or loser
- Conflict resolution
- Taking responsibility for one’s own actions