AGES:Girls and Boys 4 years old (before March 1st) through entering Eighth Grade.
PRICING INFORMATION: Early registration pricing dates: May 1st - July 6th 2018. The cost per child for flag football OR cheerleading during EARLY registration is $75.
Normal Registration dates: July 7th- July 31st 2018. The cost per child for flag football OR cheerleading increases to $80.
Football shorts OR cheerleading mock turtlenecks are OPTIONAL at an additional cost of $15 each. Multiple family and Military Deployment discounts are available. (A discount of $5 will be for the second child and $10 off for each additional child.)
How can I pay? Credit cards are accepted online and cash or check (made to HGBC) are accepted in person.
What is included with the fees? Players will receive a reversible jersey, flags, car magnet, and a small gift from Upward at our end of season Award's Celebration. Not Included: Mouth guards (required) and cleats (recommended).
See this year's uniform colors at the bottom of the page.
Cheerleaders will receive a cheer top, skorts, pom poms, mega phone, hair bow, car magnet, and a small gift from Upward as well. Not Included: White shoes (recommended)
EVALUATIONS: You will need to attend ONE of the evaluations (skill assessment). We try to determine your child's abilities through a variety of fun drills that focus on: throwing, catching, and running. This data will assist us in evenly placing the teams to the best of our ability. Also, we will check uniform sizes, and if you have NOT paid, you can do that as well. You will need about 30-40 minutes to complete the evaluation.
Cheer orientation includes trying on the uniform and learning basics of what to expect during the season.
Evaluation Dates: Located at the HG Fields to the RIGHT of the parking lot. Monday July 9th - 6:30pm - 8:00pm (4 years old BEFORE MARCH 1st- 2nd Grades) Tuesday July 10th - 6:30pm - 8:00pm (3rd - 5th Grades) Thursday July 12th - 6:30pm - 8:00pm (6th - 8th Grades)
DIVISIONS: How are the teams divided?
. **These divisions are subject to change based on the number of participants that register this year. We attempt to only have two grades levels together but cannot guarantee this.**
2017 FF Divisions- PreK-Kindergarten, 1st/2nd, 3rd, 4th/5th, and 6th-8th.
2017 Cheer Division- PreK-Kindergarten, 1st-2nd, and 2nd-4th.
PRACTICES: All participants will have one practice per week, (10 total). Practice nights could be M, T, W, R, or F. (Depending on coach availability.) Football players will practice on either HG Field A or B. This is to the right of the HG parking lot. Cheerleaders will practice outside the gym lobby of the Family Life Center. They will last one hour each. A short devotional will be given by the coaches or a volunteer parents during this time. This year's virtues include: Knowledge, Contentment, Grace, and Love.
GAMES: All 8 games will be held on Saturdays on the HG Fields, weather permitting. They typically last an hour each. We offer high energy player introductions with our inflatable player entrance tunnel, weekly spirit themes, and guaranteed playing time! We will NOT have games on September 2, 2018 for observance of Labor Day.
2016 Game Schedule was as follows: PreK-K: 9 am, 1st/2nd: 10 am, 3rd/4th: 11 am, and 5th-7th: 12 pm. 2017 Game Schedule was as follows: PreK-K: 9 am, 1st/2nd: 10 am 0R 11 am, 3rd: 12 pm, 4th/5th: 1 pm, and 6th-8th: 2 pm. 2018 Game Schedule: TBD based on registration numbers.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE: 2018 Dates First Practices- Begin the week of August 6, 2018 (Depending on coach availability). First Game- Saturday, August 18th, 2018 Team Pictures- Mid September 2018 Last Game- Saturday, October 13th, 2018 Awards Celebration- Thursday, October 18th, 2018
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.