Christ United Methodist Church

Upward Basketball & Cheer

“Welcome to Upward Basketball & Cheerleading, where every child is a winner. Upward leagues redefine the word winner. Today’s sports culture has created a winners vs. losers mentality. However, Upward Basketball and Cheer leading believe that every child is a winner because we define winning as learning and/or teaching lessons in the game of life.” –excerpted from Upward parent brochure

Registration starts in Early Fall.

Registration and Fees for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading include:

Cheerleaders: all games and practices, cheer top, cheer skort, pom-poms, megaphone, hair ribbon, parent’s guide, car magnet, scripture card holder, scriptures CD, and end-of-season award

Basketball players: all games and practices, reversible jersey and shorts, t-shirt, parent’s guide, car magnet, scriptures CD, scripture learning card holder, reversible shorts, and end-of-season award

**If you volunteer to be a head coach for basketball or cheer leading, you will receive an additional discount for one of your registered children! See below for the paperwork and more information.


Coaching/Refereeing (register to be a head coach before registering your child in order to get discount)

Additionally, we need your prayers! It is our goal to have at least 100 people specifically praying for our leagues. We will give you specific items to pray for in an email.

Special note: Refunds are not available after the first day of practice. For cancellations made prior to the start of the season, payments made by credit card will be refunded minus a 4% processing fee.

Evaluations and Orientations

Important: All players (including older children) must attend one basketball evaluation. Cheerleaders are welcome to attend to try on uniform sizes. All evaluations take place at the Sports & Rec Center (SRC), the southern-most building on campus.

There is no need to register for the evaluation times. Just be sure to show up for Friday or Saturday.

Important Information:

Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is open to children in Kinder – 8th grade.

League breakdown is as follows:

COED Kindergarten (must be 5 years old by September 1st)
1st & 2nd Boys
1st & 2nd Girls
3rd & 4th Boys
3rd & 4th Girls
5th & 6th Boys
5th & 6th Girls
7th & 8th Boys
7th & 8th Girls
All practices and games will be held at the SRC. 5th – 8th grade leagues will play on Friday night and/or Saturday night as needed. All other grade level leagues will play on Saturdays.

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading official sites:

For more information on being an upward cheer coach, basketball coach and refereeing.

CUMC Documents for Coaches/Referees:
Upward Coaches Covenant

Background Check Form

Code of Ethics and Standards

Child Protection Policies (review only, do not print)

Visit Upward website to learn how Upward is different from any other sports league.