Upward offers an evangelistic sports ministry specifically designed for kindergarten through eighth-grade boys and girls that promotes salvation, character, and self-esteem in every child.  Registration takes place in September & October; practices begin in November; and games take place on Saturdays in December, January, and February.

For 2021-22:

  • Registration will begin September 13th and ends on October 18th
  • Early Registration: $90 (ends 10/3/21)
  • Regular Registration: $100 (Ends 10/18/21)
  • Registration includes player pack, jersey, undershirt, and shorts. 
  • 1st Evaluation: 10/11/21
  • 1st Practice 11/8/21
  • 1st Game 12/11/21

We offer three free Basketball Academies to help players get ready for evaluations and the season.    Upward Basketball Academies 2021:

  • 1st & 2nd Grade – Monday, September 27th @ 6:00pm
  • 3rd & 4th Grade – Tuesday, September 28th @ 6:00pm
  • 5th – 8th Grade – Thursday , September 30th @ 6:00pm

Sportsmanship and competitiveness. Our K-5 – Elementary ages do not maintain league standings. Our Middle School leagues governed by Alabama High School rules. Our Intermediate ages are transitional in nature preparing players for Middle School. We have had many children successfully transition from Upward to Middle School and High School teams.

We try to accommodate your family schedule by having only one hour of practice and one game each week. Middle School practices one and a half hours.

In addition to teaching skills, our focus is ministering to children and their families. Our younger ages have a set substitution system where all players are allowed equal playing time and equal opportunity for improvement.

We encourage each player with recognition of a job well done and an award ceremony following every game.

Our season ends with an Awards Night where participants and parents are given an opportunity to respond to the Gospel.

For more information call the church office (205) 664-0237.