REGISTER TODAY FOR FALL 2017 & WINTER 2018 BASKETBALL & CHEER!
What is Upward? It’s simple…..Upward is about assisting parents in building a strong foundation for their children.
Upward promotes the discovery of Jesus through a uniquely designed sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys.
Your child will grow as a Christian athlete by discovering and refining their athletic ability as a team member and Upward participant.
Session 1 (Oct - Dec) K-8 Girls & K-1 Boys
Session 2 (Jan - Mar) 2nd - 8th Grade Boys
FAQ's & What's New?
When are practices?
Practices are 1 hour long on Wednesday or Friday at the Immanuel Lutheran School gym. Teams have 45 minutes of gym time that includes warm-up, skills/drills, and scrimmage. Practice ends with a coach led devotion.
When are games?
You will have 8 great Gameday Saturdays to experience Upward! Games are held at the Immanuel Lutheran School gym.
How are EVALUATIONS different this year?
K-1: Your time slot will be further defined by last name as evals draw closer (watch your email). Volunteers will monitor traffic and start you on the eval circuit where there is the least wait. Your child will be required to visit all stops on the circuit -- skills assessment, height, uniform fitting. Skills assessment includes dribbling, running, and shooting.
2nd - 8th grade: Volunteers will monitor traffic and start you on the eval circuit where there is the least wait. In addition to the height check and uniform fitting, your child will participate in a 3 on 3 scrimmage in the gym to ensure greater accuracy in talent distribution across all teams.
Can I request a specific coach or that my child be with his/her friends?
You are welcome to make the request, but we cannot guarantee that it will be honored......and here's why. We take our responsibility very seriously to provide your family a quality Upward experience. To that end, it's important that all levels of ability be spread equitably across all teams.
Your child will participate in evaluations and be placed on a great team accordingly. If we can accommodate your request, then we most certainly will. This is also a wonderful opportunity for him/her to grow and make new friends!
How are coaches vetted?
NEW THIS SEASON: Each division (age group) will have a Coaching Commissioner who will interview all volunteer coaches to ensure they share the vision of Upward Sports at Immanuel. The Coaching Commissioner will also partner with Coaches during the season to support their efforts in leading your child through a successful season. All coaches and volunteers involved with Upward are required to complete an application and criminal background check.
Can I volunteer to coach?
Absolutely!....in fact, all Upward coaches are volunteers -- primarily parents of participants. Training and written materials are provided and a Coaching Commissioner will support you throughout the season. Email Shelly Davidson for more information.
How can I help?
Thanks for asking! First, you can pray for the Upward program and all the lives that will be touched in the name of Jesus Christ. Secondly, talk with your child's coach about being the TEAM PARENT to coordinate weekly snacks and other team needs. And finally, embrace and live out loud the Upward Circle of Affirmation.