PRICING Basketball OR Cheerleading $75 Before 11/1 $80 After 11/1
EVALUATIONS PreK-3rd Grades: 11/4 or 11/7 ONLY *4th-5th Grades: 11/5 ONLY
SCHEDULE Practices Begin: Week of 1/6 First Games Begin: 1/18 Last Games End: 3/7 Awards Celebration: 3/12
NEW THIS YEAR!!!! All practices and games will be held at HICKORY GROVE! *4th-5th Grade will have LIVE PLAY EVALUATIONS. Additional price reduction for families of 4 or more. Coach Discounts received after mandatory coaches meeting.
AGES: Girls and Boys 4 years old (before August 1st, 2019) through FIFTH Grade based on the 2019-2020 school calendar.
PRICING: Early Registration Dates: September 16th - November 1st 2019. The cost per child for basketball OR cheerleading is $75.
Regular Registration Dates: November 4th - 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.
Head Coaches will receive their $20 discount after the mandatory coach's meeting. (NEW THIS YEAR)
PAYMENT OPTIONS: Credit/Debit cards are accepted on our online registration. Cash or check (made to HGBC) are accepted in person on evaluation night.
What is included with the fees? Players will receive a reversible jersey, t-shirt, and a car magnet.
Cheerleaders will receive a cheer top, skorts, poms, mega phone, hair bow, car magnet. White shoes are suggested, but not included and are not required.
UNIFORMS: 2020 Colors Home- WHITE Away- BLUE
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, for the PREK-3rd divisions. You will need a full 60 minutes for the 4th-5th grade division.
*4th-5th Grade LIVE PLAY Evaluations: (NEW THIS YEAR) This is not a tryout, however, we are requiring that this age division must come to the Nov. 5th evaluation. We will have scrimmages to assess your child's ability. Due to the LEVEL 4- Middle School Rules and full court play, we need to see how the players interact with others in game situations to determine a fair distribution of teams.
Where do I go for the evaluations? These will be held at the HICKORY GROVE GYM in the FAMILY LIFE CENTER on the following:
EVALUATION DATES: Boys and Girls- PREK (4 yo before 8/1/19) - 3rd Grades Monday, November 4th Come anytime between 6:30pm-7:45pm OR Thursday, November 7th Come anytime between 6:30pm-7:45pm
Boys and Girls- 4th and 5th Grades (NEW LIVE PLAY EVALUATION) Tuesday, November 5th Arrive at 6:30pm and stay until 7:45pm
DIVISIONS: How are the grades divided? (Based on last year but subject to change)
The cheer divisions are subject to change based on the number of participants that register by 11/30/19.
PRACTICES: Where do they practice? All practices are held at the Hickory Grove Gym in the Family Life Center.
What can I expect? 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 and have warm up time only.
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. They will last one hour each. A short devotional will be given by coaches or another parent during this time. Virtues taught previously include: Love, Contentment, Grace and Knowledge.
Coaches are responsible for keeping your players focused during practices. Parents please help us by keeping your other children from distracting the teams. Thank you so much in advance!
GAMES: When are games played? 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! You can expect music, energy, and an encouraging halftime video by our staff every game day as well.
Where do they play? (NEW THIS YEAR) ALL divisions will play at Hickory Grove Gym in the Family Life Center.
What time do they play? Typically the PREK-K division start the day around 9am, the older kids play later. Game times and schedules will be given out the first week of practice.
2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE: First Practices- (Depending on coach availability) The week of January 6th-11th First Game- Saturday, January 18th Team Pictures- The 2nd week of February Last Game- Saturday, March 7th Awards Celebration- Thursday, March 12th 4th-5th Grades Tournament- March 13th-14th
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: What about makeup games? 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.
PARENT EXPECTATIONS: A positive attitude is an extremely important element in our fundamental league. We expect all people watching the children play to remember this is supposed to be a fun experience as children are learning the game. Our coaches and referees are volunteers, so we ask that you are respectful in your actions and your words. Coach your children up during the week, but at practices and games...this is the coach's responsibility, NOT yours.
WE WANT YOU! If you love Jesus, like basketball/cheerleading, and working with children, prayerfully considercoaching, refereeing, or game day volunteering. We offer discounts for coaches, but you must attend our mandatory coaches meeting. Check out the Coach's page for the latest news from Travis!
Contact Travis for more information. Please begin praying for God's love to be seen in all that we do and say throughout the season.
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