Upward Basketball and Cheerleading EVALUATIONS & UNIFORM SIZING will be held on Thursday, October 20th & Monday, October 24th from 6 - 8 PM.

Practices for the 2017 Season will begin on Monday, January 9th, 2017.

Upward Sports is the world's largest Christian sports league for children and provides the best sports experience for every child. Upward Sports teaches sport fundamentals in an environment of healthy competition, helping kids to develop skills for the sports arena and values for life.

Battlefield Baptist offers Basketball for boys and girls and Cheerleading for girls ages K5 thru 6th grade. Weekly practices and games are limited to one-hour each, this league is family-friendly and fun for everyone! 

NEW To UPWARD SPORTS? {Scroll Down for more information about this amazing league}

New to Upward?

If you are new to the Upward Sports program, here are some important details to consider before registering your child.

  • ALL activities related to Upward are held on-site at Battlefield Baptist Church except for the Awards Celebration which is typically held at a local high school.
  • The 2017 season begins with practices the week of January 9th, and ends with the Awards Celebration on March 18th.
  • Practices for basketball are for one hour on Mondays OR Thursdays. The younger your child, the earlier in the evening they will practice.  Practices typically run between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm.
  • ALL practices for cheerleaders are on Thursdays.
  • ALL games are one hour on Saturdays, but can begin any time between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.
  • Cheerleading squads will cheer at the same time every Saturday.
  • Every child will have the opportunity to participate in every game.
  • Concessions are usually available during all practice times and on game days, and include items such as hot dogs, chips, candy bars and a variety of beverages. Game days include breakfast items such as donuts, sausage biscuits and coffee. 
  • At least one parent or guardian is expected to remain on the premises anytime your child is also on the premises in the event of an emergency.
  • Every child MUST attend one of the Evaluation Nights, October 20th anytime between 6-8 pm or October 24th anytime between 6-8 pm. This is our opportunity to complete uniform sizing for each child and evaluate various skills for all basketball participants. Children are given a number upon arrival and are then called to proceed thru the various stations. The process should only take about 20 minutes once their number is called, but be prepared to wait as we typically run over 200 children thru on each of the two nights. Basketball players should wear appropriate shoes. The information gathered at this time is used by the Upward software program to place children on teams based on gender, skill level and grade so they are competitively balanced.  
  • In recent years, the number of participants in Kindergarten and 1st grade have required us to have a co-ed Kindergarten and 1st grade girls division and a very large 1st grade boys division. Typically, the other divisions are 2nd-3rd grade girls or boys and 4th-6th grade girls or boys. However, the breakdown of the divisions is always dependent on the number of participants by gender in each grade. The average team size is 8-10 players, but some teams could have 11 or 12 players.
  • Games are divided into three, 6 min. periods per half (total of 18 mins.) with a 6 min. halftime in between.  Another distinct feature of UPWARD Basketball is that only a man to man defense is taught and used.
  • Each practice night includes 45 minutes of Court Time and 15 minutes of Locker Room Time where they will hear a weekly devotion and have the opportunity to recite memory verses to earn green stars.  
  • Each game day also includes Locker Room Time where the players will be presented with game day stars for Best Effort, Best Offense, Best Defense, Best Sportsmanship or Most Christ-like.  

I am confident you will be blessed thru this ministry. Your children will have a blast and you will enjoy new friendships and the friendly competition! Please do not hesitate to email me at with any questions or concerns before or after you complete your registration. Just put "UPWARD" in the subject line so it doesn’t get lost in my inbox. I look forward to meeting you and having you join the Upward family here at Battlefield Baptist Church. 

- Krista Corcoran, Administrative Commissioner

Click HERE to visit our Children's Ministry Page.

2017 Season - Game Day Schedule

During the season, click on the desired week of games to view a full listing of game schedules:

  • Week 1 - January 21st
  • Week 2 - January 28th
  • Week 3 - February 4th
  • Week 4 - February 11th
  • Week 5 - February 18th
  • Week 6 - February 25th (Picture Day) 
  • Week 7 - March 4th 
  • Week 8 - March 11th (Spirit Day)