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 Cheerleading 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 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 a 50% discount for one of your registered children! See below for the paperwork and more information.
Note: Please 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.
Friday, September 1st to Sunday, October 2nd – Early Registration ($120 online, $130 in person)
Monday, October 3rd to Monday, October 31st – Regular Registration ($150 online, $160 in person)
Friday, November 4th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm – Player Evaluation and Uniform Sizing Session 1
Saturday, November 5th from 9:00am to 10:30am – Player Evaluation and Uniform Sizing Session 2
Saturday, November 5th at 9:30am – Coaches Information Meeting
Monday, November 28th – Team Practices Begin
Monday, December 12th to Monday, January 2nd – Sports & Rec Center Closed to redo the gym floor
Tuesday, January 3rd – Team Practices Resume
Friday, January 6th & Saturday, January 7th – First weekend of Games
Saturday, February 4th – Texas Legends Game as a group
Sunday, February 19th – Upward Sunday in Table of Grace and Year End Celebration
Friday, February 24th & Saturday, February 25th – Last weekend of Games
Dates TBD – Picture Day and Referee Clinic
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 attend one of the days…Friday or Saturday.
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, Cheerleading, and Coaches Registration sites:
Click on dates to register:
Early Registration 9/1 – 10/2: $120
Full Price Registration 10/3 – 10/31: $150
Late Registration 11/1 -11/30: $180
Early Registration 9/1 – 10/2: $120
Full Price Registration 10/3 – 10/31: $120
Late Registration 11/1 -11/30: $150
9th & 10th Grades (Not affiliated with Upward)
This league is open to any boy or girl who has aged out of the regular Upward Basketball league. We will use middle school rules and games will be played on full court. There also will be paid referees.
Practices start the week of November 28th. You should hear from your coach the week of Thanksgiving regarding your practice day and time.
Girls* 9/1-11/30: $75
Boys * 9/1-11/30: $75
*Cost includes a reversible jersey
Click on dates to register: 9/1-10/31
CUMC Documents for Coaches/Referees:
Upward Coaches Covenant
Child Protection Policies (review only, do not print)
Visit Upward website to learn how Upward is different from any other sports league.