upward

Basic Overview

Upward Sports, the world’s largest Christian sports league for kids, has become the place to play fun sports for over half a million families in the United States and Canada. Last year, nearly 550,000 K5 through sixth-graders were involved in basketball, soccer, flag football and cheerleading in one of over 5,000 leagues and camps.
By providing a fun sports experience based on healthy competition, Upward Sports Leagues help kids develop skills for the sports arena and values for life. Upward Sports uses the universal language of sports to connect with kids at a critical age and help them discover and build athletic skills, values, self-confidence and a life-long love of the game.

At Upward Sports, families matter. Our leagues give families all the benefits of participating in team sports while protecting them from hectic travel schedules and the win-at-all costs mentality that burns out young athletes. With just a one-hour practice and one-hour game each week, our leagues conveniently fit into busy family schedules. Click here for more information about Upward Sports.

Grace’s Upward Sports Basketball League (General Information)

The Upward Sports Basketball league was started at Grace in 2004. It has been a wonderful addition to the community and continues to be a great tool for introducing kids to organized sports. But beyond that, it’s a powerful agent in strengthening the faith and character of kids and parents.

Players are divided according to ability to create teams as equal as possible. At a required evaluation, your child will participate in several drills to obtain an evaluation score. The purpose of this score is used to make teams as even as possible in order to keep the competition high.

The schedule is not demanding. There is a one-hour practice to be held during the week and one game on each Saturday during January and February. At the midpoint of each practice, coaches will share a short Bible story with the children. During practice, each child will have an opportunity to learn a scripture verse that corresponds with the principle or characteristic conveyed in the story. The scripture learning time is a group activity; therefore, children are not required to recite the verse individually at practice. Each child participating in the scripture learning time will receive a green star award.

Grace’s Upward Sports Cheerleading Opportunity

At Grace, we also provide an Upward Sports Cheerleading league, which runs simultaneously with the basketball league. To learn more about the Cheerleading program, children and parents registering should attend an orientation/evaluation night, usually the same time and location of evaluations for the basketball league.

For additional information about Grace’s Upward Sports Leagues or rules for each league, please email Matt Marsh at upward@gracelink.org.