Upward Sports at Sparta EFC




   Friday night games (older kids) & Saturday all day games

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About Upward Sports

Playing with purpose

Upward Sports is an organized recreational league focused on developing young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Over the course of the program, players will develop individually, teams will grow together, and strong relationships will be formed during weekly practices and games. Emphasis is placed on learning new skills, sportsmanship and teamwork. Every player gets time on the court on game day. In Upward Cheerleading, cheers, chants, and pom routines are taught that provide excitement and energy on game day.

Building up your athlete for life

In today's "win at all costs" culture, we sometimes miss that winning (and losing) are part of the lessons in life. As a parent, you play a very important role in building the self-esteem and character of your child and every child in this league. Players look to their parents, coaches, and referees as models for sportsmanship, respect for authority, and positive attitudes. Make those winning (and sometimes losing) moments count!

Parent Resources

Practice Schedule

Practices are weekly for both basketball and cheerleading (Tuesday night only) beginning the week of January 7, 2019. 


Games are on Fridays (older kids) & Saturdays beginning January 18, 2019.  Cheerleaders cheer on Saturdays only.



'Play with Purpose' Playlist Music to motivate, uplift and share.






If the Sparta School system is closed due to weather, Upward basketball is cancelled.

PRACTICE: If the weather gets bad during the day, a decision will be made by 3:00 p.m. and posted on the home page or Facebook page, Sparta Upward Sports.

GAME DAY: If bad weather is predicted on a Saturday we will make a decision the night before and post it on the home page.

Information is also available via phone: 973-300-1717 (Upward ext. 18)

Parents are responsible for checking the website and/or calling the church office as coaches may not be able to reach out to the team in advance.