“Purpose is the game changer.”

WHY:

To Play With Purpose.

To Play With Purpose means you make smart decisions, improve in your physical development, discover your life’s purpose, and put others needs before your own.

It’s more than just the game. It’s every practice, every drill, every pivot, every pass and shot. Become more than just an athlete.

Upward Sports is the only organization that offers the 360 Progression™, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys. The 360 Progression develops total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially – producing players who excel both on and off the court.

Basketball

Upward Basketball is an evangelistic sports ministry designed to promote community outreach, develop volunteer leadership, and share the love of Christ with children and their families, using something as simple as basketball. Upward promotes character and self-esteem in every child.

Cheerleading

Upward Cheerleading attracts a group of children and their families who may want something different than a basketball program. Specifically designed for children K – 8th Grade, Upward Cheerleading seeks to develop the self-esteem of each participant, while teaching respect for authority, leadership, character, and cheerleading fundamentals.

BASIC INFO:

-Kindergarten will be one hour on Saturday mornings only (half hour practice, half-hour game).
-Kindergarten will have two weeks of practice games before the game season starts.

-Practices for 1st through 8th grade are one hour long, one day per week (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday evenings, or Sundays).
-There will be two weeks of practices before the game season starts.
-Games are one hour long, and held on Saturdays, beginning with the youngest teams, and working up from there.
-Cheerleaders will cheer for all teams and will, therefore, have staggered times on Saturdays.
-There is a bye-week every year. Coaches will let players know when this is.

-Everyone must attend an Evaluation Day.
-Kindergarten players and all cheerleaders will be sized only at the Evaluations.

-Team size will vary, depending on the number of participants for the age group.
-Teams are combined as such: 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, and 7th and 8th.
-Kindergarten is co-ed, but the other age groups are separated, as long as there are enough participants to do so.
-All teams are subject to having an adequate number of participants, as well as an adequate amount of help.

-Our coaches, referees, score-keepers, and concession stand workers are all volunteers. If you would like to help out, please contact jorr@facerie.org
-There will be a Coaches’ Meeting in November.

KEY DATES:

December 1 – Early Registration ends
December 2 – Evaluations and Sizing 9am – 12pm
December 8 – Online Registration closes
December 9 – Make-up Evaluations and Sizing
Week of January 1 – Players will hear from coaches about team placement and practices
Week of January 7 – Practices begin
January 13 – Kindergarten Parent’s Orientation during practice
January 27 – First Day of Games
February 3 – Picture Day
February 24 – Faith Family Night at the Bayhawks
March 24 – Last day of games/ Coaches’ Game

Want to learn more? Visit the official Upward website: http://www.upward.org