The deadline for registration is December 31st, 2017.
AGES: NEW UPDATE!!! Girls and Boys 4 years old before (August 1st, 2017) through FIFTH Grade. (See Parent Section Below)
PRICING INFORMATION: NEW UPDATE!!! The cost per child for basketball OR cheerleading is $75 until Sunday, November 26th. (before evaluations begin). The cost per child is $80 starting on Monday, November 27th (the first night of evaluations).
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 Night.
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.
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. You will need 30-40 minutes to complete this process. These will be held at the HICKORY GROVE GYM on the following dates:
1. Monday, November 27th 2017 from 6:30pm-8:00pm (PreK-2nd Grades) 2. Tuesday, November 28th 2017 from 6:30pm-8:00pm (3rd-5th Grades) 3. Thursday, November 30th 2017 from 6:30pm-8:00pm (All Grades Makeup)
Additional Makeup Date- TBD
DIVISIONS: How are the teams divided? 2016/2017 basketball player divisions: PreK-Kindergarten (co-ed) Boys ONLY: Girls ONLY: 1st/2nd Grades 1st-3rd Grades 3rd Grade 4th-6th Grades 4th-5th Grades 6th- 8th Grades
Previously, cheerleaders have been grouped PreK-1st Grade and 2nd-4th or 5th Grades.
**These divisions are subject to change based on the number of participants.
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 will have ONE practice per week (10 total). Practice nights could be on M-F 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.
GAMES: All EIGHT games will be held on Saturdays. Locations may vary based on the division. Times will be set and given to parents before the first practice. We offer player introductions, weekly spirit themes, and guaranteed playing time!
2018 PROGRAM SCHEDULE: First Practices- (Depending on coach availability) Saturday, January 6th-9th First Game- Saturday, January 27th Team Pictures- The week of February 12th-16th Last Game- Saturday, March 17th Awards Celebration- Thursday, March 22nd 4th-5th Grades Tournament- March 23rd-24th
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. Winning is fun, but it is NOT our goal. We teach that a spirit of competition is 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.
We regret to inform you that we will NOT have a middle school division this year. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen issues with a facility partner we will no longer have access to additional full courts needed to successfully host the middle school program. Thank you to all the families and facility partners who have contributed to the past success of our middle school program.