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Upward Basketball
Welcome to the World of Upward Basketball & Cheerleading
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Where Every Child is a Winner! Registration begins October 1st! Parents are encouraged to register early for availability. Everyone is invited to participate in this life-changing experience that is open to the community .

 
Purpose
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Upward Basketball League seeks to develop character in every player by providing an equal opportunity for improvement, while stressing sportsmanship in every situation.

 
Guiding Principals
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To achieve our mission with a Christlike attitude, we are committed to:

  • Being keepers of the promise.
  • Creating seed casters.
  • Using conflicts as ministry opportunities.
  • Looking for ever-changing ways to share a never-changing message.
  • Being a first class, organized, detailed evangelistic ministry, partnered together as a unified team.
  • Everyone is invited to participate in this life-changing experience that is open to the community.
 
Upward Basketball Purpose Statement
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To share the love of Jesus Christ with each player, coach, referee, and family.

To help every player grow as Jesus did, spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially.

  1. To help every player develop character, an understanding of sportsmanship,and a respect for authority in any situation, on and off the court.
  2. To help every player develop self-esteem and a sense of personal value.
  3. To teach every player the fundamentals of basketball and help them grow in their understanding and enjoyment of the sport.
 
Who is eligible?
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Upward Basketball is a basketball league for Boys & Girls in 1st through 6th grade.

 
Player Package
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As An Upward Basketball Player You Will Enjoy:

  • Reversible mesh jersey
  • Equal playing time for every player
  • Upward Participant T-shirt
  • FREE end-of-the-year award for every player
  • SEPARATE boys and girls leagues
  • You don't have to be a star to play (each player guaranteed to play at least half of each game.)
  • Each player signs up as an individual -- not as a group or team
  • A one-hour practice and game each week
 
How do I sign up?
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Parents can pickup and drop off their registration form and registration fee at the church office any time between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. Registration forms will be ready in October at First Baptist Church 2085 Simpson Road East, Lenoir City, Tennessee 37772.

 
What parents can expect
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The most important aspect of Upward Basketball is the dedication to pray. Prayer Partners pray daily throughout the 100+ days of Upward Basketball. Games include a prayer before the game (by the referee), prayer at Halftime (by the devotional leader), and a prayer at the end of the game (by the coach). Practices also include a prayer by the coach following team devotional time.

Upward is guided by special rules that promote the principle of authority, respect for authority, protection of players, and an equal opportunity for player improvement.

Coaches lead a devotion at each team practice. Every coach is required to attend a training session that will teach the rules of Upward Basketball, how to encourage players, make them feel special, teach the game of basketball, and most of all, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Each parent receives an Upward Handbook. This book contains the practice devotions that are shared by the coaches at each practice. At each Halftime of each game, a five - seven minute devotion will be presented.

 
Important Dates
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  • Practices begin the first week of December.
  • Your first games will begin in January.
  • Your awards night will be in March.