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Immanuel Lutheran Church and School and Upward Sports have been working together to assist families in building foundations since 2009

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Immanuel Upward Sports

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School and Upward Sports have been working together to assist families in building foundations since 2009

Upward Basketball

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2018 opens on May 1st 

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 

Registration for the Fall Season has closed.

Session 2 (Jan - Mar)  2nd - 8th Grade Boys

Registration for the Winter 2018 Season has closed.

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?

Veteran or rookie, evaluations are MANDATORY for all Upward basketball participants to help ensure greater accuracy in talent distribution across all teams. We value your time and have created evaluations by appointment. Here's what to expect:
 
After registering your child, you will receive an e-mail from the league director with a link to sign your child up for an evaluation appointment that is convenient for your family in a grade specific designated time.
 
Kindergarten thru 3rd graders will participate in skills assessment that includes dribbling, sliding, and shooting.

4th thru 8th graders will participate in dribbling, sliding, and shooting drills AND a five minute scrimmage. 

All participants will visit the height check and uniform sizing during evaluations.

Can I request a specific coach or that my child be with his/her friends?  

We know that kids like to be with their friends and we will do our best to honor those requests, but we cannot guarantee it.....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!

You can make special requests on the registration form.

How are coaches vetted? 

The League Director and Coaching Commissioners are in continual contact with Coaches 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.

Upward Circle of Affirmation