for grades K - 6


Early Registration:  9/1 - 10/10
Evaluation Sessions:  10/14 and 10/15
End of Registration:  10/31
Practices start:  1/2
Games start:  1/13
Season end:  3/11
Celebration:  3/12

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!


For the fastest information on cancellations, text UPWARDS to 84576 for text updates.

Parent Resources

Inclement Weather Alerts

For the fastest information on cancellations, text UPWARDS to 84576.
If the Sparta School system is closed due to weather, Upward is cancelled.

PRACTICE: If the weather gets bad during the day, a decision will be made by 3:00pm, sent through our text update system, and posted on our Facebook page.

GAME DAY: If bad weather is predicted for a Saturday, we will make a decision the night before and send it through our text update system.

Information is also available via phone: 973-300-1717, and email at [email protected]

Parents are responsible for signing up for text updates, checking the Facebook page, and/or calling the church office as coaches may not be able to reach out to the team in advance.
2022 Upward Basketball COVID-19 Policy

If a player, coach, ref or parent receives a positive COVID-19 test result, they must remove themselves from the program for a period of 2 weeks.  We will perform contact tracing to determine if any other player, coach, ref or parent have been exposed.  Those that have been exposed must remove themselves from the program for a minimum of 3 days.  The player, coach, ref or parent may return to the program after 3 days and a negative COVID-19 test or after 7 days with no test and no symptoms.