Upward Sports

Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. Today, approximately half a million players at more than 2,000 churches in 47 states participate in camps, clinics, and leagues through Upward Sports!

Learn more below or go to www.upwardfm.org.

Upward Sports Basketball

Season: January – March

Boys and Girls Kindergarten through Eighth Grade A young basketball player can chart their own athletic journey through multiple levels of programming – all while being developed into total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially.

Evaluations are November and December. Practice will begin in January (only one practice a week). Games are played on Saturday’s throughout the community during the months of January, February, and March with an Awards Celebration following their last game.

Upward Sports Cheerleading

Season: January – March

Girls Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Cheerleading is a huge part of sporting events at all levels of play.  When athletes need encouragement and fans need entertainment, cheerleaders can take your sports experience to another level because they add excitement and spirit to any Upward Game Day!

Practice will begin in January (only one practice a week). The cheer team will add spirit to Upward games that are played on Saturday’s throughout the community during the months of January, February, and March. They will also perform at the end of the End-of-Year Celebration.

Upward Sports Volleyball

Season: June – August 

Summer Co-ed Volleyball program is designed to help athletes going into 3rd – 7th grade develop their skills in the sport, from the basics of volleyball to competitive play. Summer Co-ed Volleyball, sponsored by Upward Sports, prepares athletes for long term success.

Offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.), June through August.  No Saturday games. The 90 minutes begin with stations consisting of drills and skill development and ends with games for both the beginner and advanced levels. Limited to 80 players a season.’

Registration opens 3 months before season begins.

Upward Sports Flag Football for Boys and Girls
in K-8th grades!

Full Fun Without Full Contact!

With Upward Flag Football, Kids Play with Purpose!
• Learn Basic Skills & Concepts Without the Risk
• Grow in The Sport
• Grow in Christian Character

Families Maintain Balance
• Practice Only 1/Hr. – 1 Night/Week (Tuesday or Thursday)
• Games Saturday Mornings
• 7-Week Season

Season: August – October

Registration opens 3 months before practices begin.

What makes Upward Sports Unique?

“It helps build your game athletically, and it helps you spiritually” – Corbin “I fell in love with the program and how it’s Christ-based, since day one” –  Picasso S. “It taught me how to handle things in life, and not just basketball” – Chase “It really made an impact on his life spiritually and just general character” – Tammy (mom of a BBall player)

Do you have a heart for sports and kids? The following are opportunities where you can serve in both.

Volunteer Opportunities:


Controlling the flow of the game with Upward’s unique rules (training provided)

Monitor (halls/entry)

Walk church hallways/areas around gym making sure no guests are wandering too far from the gym area.


Stand at the door and greet parents and students as they arrive


Keep score at a provided table on the table top scoreboard (manually flipping numbers)

Time Keeper

Alerting referees, coaches, and players of time remaining (stopwatches provided)

Half-Time Devotion

Share a 5 minute devotion to players and parents attending the game (microphone provided)

Set Up/Tear Down

Assist Director in preparing gym on game day and closing down the gym after games end


Serve drinks and food to patrons from the gym kitchen window.

For more information, email Bethel Church Upward Sports Director Glenn Heinsch or visit www.upward.org.

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