One of the Sports Ministry's most exciting opportunities for children is Upward Basketball for boys and girls K5 – 5th Grade. There are separate leagues for boys and girls. Upward's mission is to introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports. This ministry offers basketball for boys and girls ages K5 through 5th grade.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate unchartered territory related to COVID-19 and our adjusted schedules. As of today, we have the following schedule for our 2021 Upward season:
We will continue to monitor the situation and the number of cases in our area and make adjustments throughout the season for games and practices as necessary. We look forward to your family being a part of Upward!
February 4 - February 6 Schedule
February 9 - February 13 Schedule
February 16 - February 20 Schedule
February 23 - February 27 Schedule
March 1 - March 5 Schedule
The Covid 19 virus has presented various challenges over the past year. While we are excited to be “back in action,” we do want to exercise wisdom & caution as we move forward together.
We have implemented protocols that will be in place for the duration of the season. We ask that you make every effort to assist in the implementation & practice of these protocols.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, clarifications, or concerns along the way.
CLICK HERE FOR UPWARD COVID PROTOCOLS
DEVOTION - WEEK ONE
DEVOTION - WEEK TWO
DEVOTION - WEEK THREE
DEVOTION - WEEK FOUR
DEVOTION - WEEK FIVE
DEVOTION - WEEK SIX
DEVOTION - WEEK SEVEN
DEVOTION - WEEK EIGHT
DEVOTION - WEEK NINE
DEVOTION - WEEK TEN
DEVOTION - WEEK ELEVEN (GOSPEL PRESENTATION)
2020-21 Memory Verses
GREEN STAR RECOGNITION/ INCENTIVES
Each child will be “rewarded” at the end of the season for scripture memory. They will share their verses
for memory with their coach during the week of FEBRUARY 25. Coaches will submit the names of children
and how many verses they memorized. The “rewards” will be based on the following tiers:
- Tier 1: Minimum requirement for all ages to memorize are the 7 verses in BOLD.
- Tier 2: Bonus incentive for anyone that memorizes 10 verses.
- Tier 3: Extra bonus for anyone that memorizes all 13 verses.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2021 UPWARD MEMORY VERSES
Coaches, referees and parents make the difference in an Upward league. No one can affect the children like their coaches and referees. To coach or referee effectively, these team members must first have an understanding of why Upward Basketball exists and must act accordingly. Actions and reactions on the court will have a lasting effect that either opens or closes the door to ministry. The Circle of Criticism and the Circle of Affirmation are simple concepts that illustrate the results of a coach giving a referee either negative or positive feedback.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CIRCLE OF CRITICISM AND PRAISE DOCUMENT
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD GAME DAY RULES FOR PLAY
If you don't find what you are looking for on our website, please contact the sports ministry team through firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.898.4969.