Upward

Basketball, Soccer, & Cheerleading

 

About Upward

Because our culture has created a “win at all cost” mentality, the most points, the most championships, or the most trophies generally define a winner. However, Upward defines winning as learning and/or teaching lessons in the game of life. Upward 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 a basketball or soccer ball. Upward promotes salvation, character and self-esteem in every child.

Who Can Play?

Upward Basketball, Soccer, and/or Cheerleading is for boys and girls ages 4 years – 6th grade.

How Do I Sign Up?

If your child already has a registration form, either drop off your form and registration fee at the church office between 8 am and 4 pm Monday – Thursday  or 8 am – noon on Friday.
You may also mail your registration form to:

Locust Grove Baptist Church
171 County Lake Road
New Market, AL 35761

If you do not have a registration form, contact Brenda Bethune at 379-2813 (ext. 11).

Upward Basketball

Please click here to download and print a copy of the 2018 Basketball/Cheerleading Registration Form.

In Upward, players are divided according to ability to create equal teams. In this league, you won’t see one team with all of the best players dominating the others. At evaluations, your child will participate in several drills to obtain an evaluation score.

The results of these drills will make up an overall evaluation score. The purpose of this score is not to determine if your child possesses enough skill to be an asset to the team. This score is used in the draft, so teams are equally skilled. The result is good, healthy competition among children, and a positive experience for all involved. Every basketball player MUST attend basketball evaluations.

2018 Basketball Evaluations will take place at the Locust Grove Baptist Church Gym as follows:

4 year-olds – 2nd Grade on Tuesday, October 16 between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Grades 3-6 on Thursday, October 18 between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

2018-2019 Basketball League Schedule:

Practices begin the week of December 3, 2018.
Your games will be held every Saturday from January 5 – February 23, 2019.

Awards Day will be on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

As an Upward Basketball Player You Will Enjoy:

  • Reversible mesh jersey
  • Upward T-Shirt
  • Equal playing time for every player
  • Individual Award after each game
  • Free end-of-the-year award for every player (examples: basketball, backpack, or like item)
  • You don’t have to be a star to play. (Each player is guaranteed to play at least half of each game.)
  • Each player signs up as an individual – not as a group or team.
  • A one-hour practice and game each week starting after evaluations

As an Upward Cheerleader You Will Enjoy:

  • Poms
  • Upward Cheerleading Top
  • Upward Cheer Skort
  • Individual award after each game and practice
  • Ten assorted face decals
  • Free end-of-the-year award (examples: basketball, backpack, or like item)
  • Each player signs up as an individual – not as a group or team
  • A one-hour practice and game each week starting after evaluations

For more information or to receive a free brochure, contact Brenda Bethune at 256-379-2813 (ext. 11) or go to our Contact page on the website and request additional information. The registration cost per child is $75 for basketball or cheerleading.  Basketball shorts are optional at a cost of $16. Cheerleading skorts are included in the registration cost. Mock Turtlenecks for cheerleading are optional at a cost of $16. 

You may also pay online. HOWEVER, EVERY CHILD MUST ATTEND ONE BASKETBALL EVALUATION OR CHEERLEADING ORIENTATION. If you prefer to pay by debit or credit card online, please click here for online payments. Please note that a $5 online payment fee has been added to the total cost to offset the charges we incur for this service.

Upward Soccer

Click here to download a printable Upward Soccer registration form.

2018 Soccer Evaluations will take place at the Locust Grove Baptist Church Gym on Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15 from 6:00-7:00 PM each evening.

2018 Soccer League Schedule:

Practices begin the week of April 2, 2018. Your games will begin on Monday, April 16, 2018 and will continue each Monday and Saturday through May 12, 2018.

Awards Day will be Saturday, May 12, 2018.

For more information or to receive a free brochure, contact Brenda Bethune at 256-379-2813 (ext. 11) or go to our Contact page on the website and request additional information. The early registration cost per child is $75 for soccer. Soccer shorts are optional at a cost of $16.

You may also pay online. HOWEVER, EVERY CHILD MUST ATTEND ONE SOCCER ORIENTATION. If you prefer to pay online, please click here for online payments. Please note that a $5 online payment fee has been added to the total cost to offset the charges we incur for this service.

 

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