The UPWARD league is for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade who want to play basketball. UPWARD is a Christian Basketball Ministry. Our Mission is to create a healthy, competitive atmosphere where every player will receive equal play time throughout the season and will not only learn the fundamentals of basketball but the foundations of Christian faith on and off the court.
Practices start in December and games are played in January and February. Normally teams will have one practice and one game per week. Practice will be for one hour, Monday through Friday between 5pm and 7pm at either Herndon UMC or Hutchison Elementary School. You may not request a location. In December, each team will also have 2 weekend practices (to cover for the 2 weeks for Christmas Break).
- Mandatory Coaches Meeting/Dinner on Sunday, October 28 at 6pm
- Evaluations: either Friday, November 9 from 6-9pm or Saturday, November 10 from 9am - noon
- Meet the Coach Night on Friday, November 30 (Kindergarten - 2nd grade at 6pm, 4th - 6th grade at 7:30pm)
- First Practices Saturday, December 1 (Kindergarten - 4th grade) and Sunday, December 2 (5th-6th grade)
- Games will be every weekend in January and February. (See the example schedule below)
If you are interested in volunteering for Upward Basketball this season, please visit this link on the UPWARD website. Coaches will also be required to complete and provide a certificate of completion for concussion training before the first practice! It is also highly recommended for all referees. Visit headsup.cdc.gov, create your own account (it's free), and print your certificate at the end!
There are 56 teams, so it is unlikely that different divisions and genders will practice at the same time or on the same night. The divisions are as follows:
- Kindergarten (Coed)
- 1st/2nd grade Girls
- 1st/2nd grade Boys
- 3rd/4th grade Girls
- 3rd/4th grade Boys
- 5th/6th grade Girls
- 5th/6th grade Boys
Team/Teammate Requests: If you would like to request a carpool, there will be a place on the form at Evaluations (dates above) for carpool requests. Both players must list one another as a request otherwise the electronic draft will not accept it. Please understand this is a request and cannot be guaranteed. The electronic draft will only allow 2 links per team and these are reserved for the coach’s and assistant’s player. This also means you cannot request a coach unless it is the player’s parent. This is not a perfect system but it is the one that we use in order to maintain the integrity of the UPWARD Ministry. Your understanding is greatly appreciated!
Schedules: Teams will be drafted after the Evaluations and you will be contacted by your coach before Thanksgiving with the practice schedule. The game schedule will be completed before Christmas. All games are held at Herndon UMC. K-4th grade will play on Saturdays; and 5th/6th graders will play on Sundays.An example of GAME TIMES and WEEKEND PRACTICES (The actual schedule is based on the number of teams but should be within an hour, give or take.)
- 8 – 10am Kindergarten
- 10am – 12pm 3rd/4th grade Boys
- 1 – 3pm 3rd/4th grade Girls
- 3 -- 4pm 1st/2nd grade Girls
- 4 – 7pm 1st/2nd grade Boys
- 12:30 -- 4:30pm 5th/6th grade Boys and Girls