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for grades K - 6

Playing with purpose

Building up your athlete for life

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.
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!

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

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COVID-19 Statement: We plan to follow the latest State and CDC directives for indoor gatherings (waivers, mask requirements, distancing, cleaning, & participant numbers) when the season starts in January. By early December, a format for practices/games will be set for the season. Full refunds will be provided in the event we need to cancel the Upward Basketball season.

Evaluation Schedule

Evaluations will be held on October 9, 2020 6:30 - 8:30pm and October 10, 2020 6:30 - 8:30pm.

Practice Schedule

Practices are weekly for both basketball (varies, Monday - Thursday) and cheerleading (Thursday night only) beginning the week of January 4, 2021.
Practices are weekly for both basketball and cheerleading (Thursday night only) beginning the week of January 4, 2021.

Game Schedule

Games are on Fridays (older kids) & Saturdays beginning either January 15, 2021 or January 16, 2021. Cheerleaders cheer on Saturdays only. Our end of the season celebration will be March 7, 2021.


Priority registration begins on August 31, 2020 and ends October 4, 2020. Late Registration begins October 5, 2020 and will remain open until November 2, 2020. Priority registration for basketball costs $90. Late registration for basketball is $100, and the optional basketball shorts are $15. Priority registration for cheerleading costs $85. Late registration for cheerleading is $95, and the optional uniform turtleneck is $15.

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 (Upward ext. 18), 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.


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