What can I expect from this program?
Our program strives to teach the fundamentals of basketball and cheer in a supportive, positive environment. Through sports, kids are able to practice and learn life skills that they can use in the future. Learning new skills, teamwork, following instruction, working hard, facing pressure situations, reacting to winning or losing, and mentally focusing are all important lessons to experience and practice. This is all done in a Christian environment where kids are challenged to be leaders on and off the court. Our basketball program is divided into ten divisions for both boys and girls, pending registration numbers:
- 1st-2nd Grade Boys, Division I
- 1st-2nd Grade Boys, Division II
- 1st-2nd Grade Girls*
- 3rd-4th Grade Boys, Division I
- 3rd-4th Grade Boys, Division II
- 3rd-4th Grade Girls*
- 5th-6th Grade Boys, Division I
- 5th-6th Grade Boys, Division II
- 5th-6th Grade Girls*
- 7th-8th Boys & Girls 3-on-3 League
*we may offer 2 divisions for the girls
What are Player Evaluations?
Player Evaluations are mandatory for all participants. Players will try on uniforms to determine which size they would like, fill out further information like practice location and friend request, and complete four basketball drills. Players should wear shorts and athletic shoes. Information collected will help us place players in an appropriate division and on balanced teams to the best of our ability.
When will I find out what team my child is on?
Once evaluations and registration end on Dec. 1st, our leadership team begins the process of entering all of the information for each participant into the computer system. It does take time to organize the large number of athletes and coaches into teams. As soon as we finish, we let our coaches and families know what team they are on and when their practices are. The game schedule gets tackled next and is distributed to coaches as soon as it is ready. Follow us on Facebook for updates on our progress.
Who are the coaches and referees?
Coaches and referees are volunteers. We do background check all of our coaches and choose ones with the most playing and/or coaching experience. We also provide training to coaches and referees. We ask that all of our volunteers are treated with respect by both players and parents. We are thankful for their time!
When and where are practices?
Practices are held at both campuses on various nights of the week. 1st-2nd grade teams practice for 60 minutes one night a week. All other teams practice for 90 minutes one night a week. Cheer squads will communicate their times based on the ages of their cheerleaders. Coaches determine when your practices are based on their availability.
When and where are games?
Games are held on Saturdays at the Frederick Campus. We are able to run three games simultaneously with plenty of room for spectators. It makes for a festive environment!
Can changes be made once teams are announced?
Unfortunately we cannot make changes once the teams have been announced. Teams are strategically formed, and changes affect more than just one team.
Should I stay for practice?
Whether or not you stay is up to you. Please communicate with the coaches or other parents and make sure to pick up your child on time. Please also be mindful of any other young children that are with you. We ask that parents minimize any distractions to the team practicing. We also ask that parents stay with their younger children at all times for safety reasons. Children should not be unattended in other parts of the building.
What can I expect on game day?
Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your game time. On the schedule, the team listed as the home team always wears the lighter colored jersey. Players and cheerleaders can be dropped off with their coaches in the lobby to warm-up and prepare. We start each game right on time to maintain the integrity of the schedule. Some teams may get to play two games occasionally. If so, the games will be scheduled back to back or with a slight break in between.
What if there is inclement weather?
Our inclement weather policy is that we will only cancel games or practices if the church facility itself closes down. We will let coaches know if that happens. Parents and coaches are always encouraged to use their discretion on whether or not they feel comfortable driving to practice or a game. Please let your coach know if you do not plan on attending. If the weather is wet or snowy, please DO NOT have your child wear his or her playing shoes until inside the building. It is dangerous to have wet shoes on the courts.
What are the All-Star games?
Coaches will be nominating all-stars to play in our All-Star Games at the Pepsi Center. More information will follow later in the season!
What is Awards Night?
You will not want to miss the Awards Night! All players are celebrated in an hour-long program including a slide show, special performance by our cheer squads, player awards and gifts, and tournament awards. This is a high-energy highlight for all participants!
Where can I get updates throughout the season?
You will receive weekly updates from the Upward program sent to the e-mail address you registered with. Updates will also be posted on our Facebook Page.
How can I help my child have a successful season?
We ask that parents help set a positive example for our kids! Please do not talk negatively to the referees, opposing coaches, or other players. We want to teach our kids to handle disappointment or opposition with class and sportsmanship. The model starts with our adults! How do I keep updated throughout the season? We will send weekly updates with important information via email. PLEASE make sure you are receiving these emails. You can also follow us on Facebook or check back here on this page.
What do I do if I have a question or concern?
If you have a question or concern, please contact one of your coaches first. If you need further assistance, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your refund policy?
We offer full refunds until registration closes. Once teams are announced, we do not offer refunds as it greatly impacts a team’s experience if kids drop out.