If you are NEW TO UPWARD, please scroll down to find out more about what makes our league so special.


1st Game of the Season - Saturday, January 18th 

Picture Day - Saturday, February 22nd

Spirit Day & Last Game - Saturday, March 7th 

End-of-Year Awards Celebration - Saturday, March 21st @ 10 A.M.


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 2020 season begins with practices the week of January 6th, and ends with the Awards Celebration on March 21st.
  • Practices for basketball are for one hour on Mondays OR Thursdays. The younger your child, the earlier in the evening their team will practice.  Practices typically run between 5:30 and 8:30pm.
  • ALL practices for cheerleaders are held on Thursdays.
  • ALL games are one hour on Saturdays, and can begin as early as 8:30am.
  • 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, biscuits, and coffee. 
  • At least one parent or guardian is REQUIRED 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 Sessions: Monday, October 14th OR Thursday, October 17th anytime between 6-8pm. This is our opportunity to complete the uniform sizing for each child and evaluate various skills for all basketball participants. Children are given a number upon arrival {first-come, first-served basis} and are then called to proceed through various skills stations. The process should only take about 20 minutes once their number is called, but please be prepared to wait as we typically run over 200 children through on each of the two nights. Basketball players need to wear appropriate athletic shoes. The information gathered at this time is used by the UPWARD Sports software program to place children on teams based on gender, skill level, and grade so they are competitively balanced.
  • 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.
  • Since UPWARD Sports is committed to growing children mentally, physically, and spiritually, each practice night includes 45 minutes on the "Court" and 15 minutes in the "Locker Room".  {Locker Room time is part of the Upward Sports League practice night} During a team's time in the "Locker Room," children will hear a weekly devotion about Biblical virtues and be given the opportunity to recite Scripture memory verses to earn green stars to be placed on their Upward t-shirt.  
  • Each Game Day also includes "Locker Room" time afterwards where each player 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 through 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 krista@battlefieldbaptist.org 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

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