Upward Sports programs are designed to teach kids two things...the love of Christ and the basics of the game.

Each week, teams will have one 75 minute practice. Coaches spend about 15 minutes of that time leading a devoition with their teams. Kids are challenged to memorize 4 Bible verses this season and to relate the virtues discussed to their own lives.

Parents are encouraged to participate in the weekly devotions and will hear a related message during half-time of each week's game. Consider making a meal-time discussion of it one night!

We make no secret about it--Sharing God's love is the most important part of this program. But we are hear to teach basketball as well. Our focus is on fundamentals first--dribbling, passing, and shooting. Later, we'll work on setting picks, and running plays.

We want Upward Basketball to be an awesome experience for each particpant. We want players to have the opportunity to have the opportunity to succeed, to learn the game, and to learn sportsmanship and teamwork. To that end, Upward uses some different rules from "normal" basketball for younger players. As they grow (and gain experience and game knowledge), the rules become more aligned with local Middle School basketball rules.

We have some rules for the fans as well...

  • Cheer for both teams. Sure, we know you're going to cheer a little louder for your child, but all our kids are awesome. Let them know!
  • The Circle of Affirmation: Kids emmulate the behaviors they see in adults. Upward is and Up-lifting league, and we expect you to help us with that message. Players, Coaches, and Referrees are to be treated positively and with respect at all times. First and foremost--coaches and referrees are the authorities on the court just like mom and dad are the authorities at home...and they deserve the same respect. Secondly, our coaches and referrees are all volunteers--they have made a huge commitment to Christ and your kids. Be forgiving--mistakes will be made.
  • Food and Drinks: We do offer concessions during some games, but we ask that all food and drink items stay in the narthex. Water is the only thing allowed in the Worship and Life Center. (And yes, that includes coffee during the 8:30 Saturday games!)