AGES: Girls and Boys 4 years old before (August 1st, 2018) through FIFTH Grade.
PRICING INFORMATION: Early Registration Dates: October 1st - November 23rd 2018. (NOW OVER) The cost per child for basketball OR cheerleading is $75.
Regular Registration Dates: November 24th - December 15th 2018. The cost per child for basketball OR cheerleading is $80.
Basketball shorts OR cheerleading mock turtlenecks are OPTIONAL at an additional cost of $15 each. Multiple family and Military Deployment discounts are available. ($5 off the second child and $10 off each additional child.)
How can I pay? Credit cards are accepted online. Cash or check (made to HGBC) are accepted in person.
What is included with the fees? Players will receive a reversible jersey, t-shirt, car magnet, and a small gift from Upward at our end of season Award's Celebration.
Cheerleaders will receive a cheer top, skorts, poms, mega phone, hair bow, car magnet, and a small gift from Upward at our end of season Award's Night. White shoes are suggested.
REGISTRATION: NOW CLOSED! Option 1: ONLINE Registration- Click HERE. Multi-family discounts applied here! Option 2: Registration Form- Click HERE to print, complete the form, and email/fax it to Travis Risher.
EVALUATIONS: You will need to attend ONE of the evaluations (skill assessments). We try to determine your child's abilities through a variety of fun drills that focus on: speed, dribbling (each hand), and shooting from a variety of distances. This data will assist us in evenly placing the teams to the best of our ability. Players and Cheerleaders will try on uniforms to confirm correct sizes. You will need 30-40 minutes to complete this process.
These will be held at the HICKORY GROVE GYM on the following dates:
FINAL MAKEUP EVALUATION:THURSDAY- DECEMBER 6TH: 6:30PM-8:00PM
If you cannot attend an evaluation, you need to contact Travis Risher to see if your child's age group has room in their division.
Boys ONLY: Girls ONLY: 2nd-3rd Grades 2nd-3rd Grades
Cheerleaders were previously grouped: PreK - Kindergarten//1st - 2nd Grades// 3rd - 5th Grades. The cheer divisions are subject to change based on the number of participants that register by 12/15/18.
PRACTICES: PreK-K division (basketball only) will practice and play on Saturdays for a total of 1 hour. The first four games will be split 25 minutes of practice and 25 minutes of games. The last four games will be 1 hour long games.
All other participants (including cheer) will have ONE practice per week (10 total). Practice nights could be on Mon., Tues., Thurs., or Fri. depending on coach availability. Locations may vary depending on division your child is in. They will last one hour each. A short devotional will be given by coaches or another parent during this time. Virtues taught may include: Love, Contentment, Grace and Knowledge.
Coaches are responsible for keeping your players focused during practices. Please help us by keeping any of your other children from distracting the teams. Thank you so much in advance!
GAMES: All EIGHT games will be held on Saturdays. Times will be set and given to parents before the first practice. We offer player introductions, weekly spirit themes, and guaranteed playing time!
Locations: K-3rd Grades play at Hickory Grove's gym. 4th-5th Grades play at Immanuel United Methodist Church's gym (Boone Campus).
2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE: First Practices- (Depending on coach availability) The week of January 7th-12th First Game- Saturday, January 26th Team Pictures- The 2nd week of February Last Game- Saturday, March 16th Awards Celebration- Thursday, March 21st 4th-5th Grades Tournament- March 22nd-23rd
UNIFORMS: 2019 Colors
How long is the season? There are 8 games and 10 practices scheduled unless extreme weather prevents us from meeting. Makeup games will be announced through our Facebook page and coach communication via text/email.
What makes Upward different than other programs? We believe in developing children using the 360 degree progression (Mentally, Athletically, Socially, and Spiritually). Not only do we teach the fundamentals of sports, but we also teach children how to make better choices in their lives. We don't force our beliefs on our families, but we do introduce Jesus to children and families in a loving way by teaching virtues such as commitment, respect, trust, and compassion. Click HERE for more details about Upward Sports.
Our rules progressively get harder and more comprehensive the older your child is. Email Travis for more specifics. Winning is fun, but it is NOT our main focus. We teach that a spirit of competition is healthy and encouraged, but that there is much more to life than a game.
PARENTS: A positive attitude is an extremely important element in this league. We expect all people watching the children play to remember this is supposed to be fun experience, while children are learning the game. Our coaches and referees are volunteers, so we ask that you are respectful in your actions and your words.