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About Upward Sports

Upward Sports is a worldwide recreational sports organization that has a strong foundation in the Christian faith. It’s more than just a game and becoming an athlete. It’s developing the total athlete to thrive and succeed in all they do — mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Athletes are taught how to play the game, but more importantly, they are taught how to live their lives for God. 


Upward™ Sports is intended for athletes in kindergarten-6th grade who have the drive and desire to develop their basketball and cheerleading skills. The focus is to teach the game through healthy competition while building athletic foundations that prepare athletes for the next level of play. Through age-appropriate team play, athletes begin to build positive character traits that will allow them to encourage and strengthen themselves and their teammates.

The season lasts about 10 weeks starting in December and wrapping up in February. Teams have only one practice per week either on Tuesday or Thursday. Each team plays one game per week and all games take place on Saturday.


Registration for the 2023/2024

season is now open.


Evaluations help us determine your child's 

athletic abilities and to balance the teams.

During evaluations, we will examine

your child's shooting and dribbling abilities.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


COVID-19 Protocol for 2023/2024 Season

The following are changes we are implementing for our upcoming season:


Are facial masks required for players? 

At this time, we are not mandating masks for our players. Players are welcome to wear them at their discretion. We are practicing CDC protocols, and this information is subject to change without notice.  


Are facial masks required for spectators? 

At this time, we are not mandating masks for our spectators. Spectators are welcome to wear them at your discretion.

We are practicing CDC protocols, and this information is subject to change without notice.

What are the cleaning procedures?

The ventilation systems in the building are set for fresh air, and the airflow is not recycled. The chairs and surfaces are being sanitized, but it is not feasible to disinfect in between each time slot. Sanitization wipes are available to wipe down any chairs, and hand sanitizer will also be available. Basketballs will be wiped down as frequently as possible. 

Will you be limiting the participation size? 

We will be limiting the number of participants to various age groups. This is due to the limited number of game times and practice slots available. We need to put more time between each game and practice to allow for social distancing and cleaning. 

Will you be limiting the spectator size? 

Currently, we are not limiting the number of spectators. This information is subject to change based on CDC protocols. 

Are you still having evaluations? 

Yes, We will be conducting evaluations over three nights to reduce the number of people in the building at one time.

To sign up for a time slot for evaluations please do so here: EVALUATION SIGN UP

How do I register for this season?

You may register online or by mail. There will be limited registration on evaluation night to streamline people in and out of the building. We highly recommend registering here prior to evaluations: REGISTRATION


To whom do I make the league fee check out?

You can pay easily online through our quick and easy ONLINE registration process: REGISTRATION.  In the event you wish to submit a check, checks are payable to Community Church of God (a service fee is assessed for any returned checks). Please include Upward Sports in the memo along with the child’s name. You can mail cash or check to Community Unites 1215 W. Vienna Rd, Clio, MI 48420, or in person Monday - Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm.

If my child played last year, do I need to purchase a new jersey?

Yes, Upward changes league colors each year, and the jersey is built into the league fees. Shorts and turtlenecks for cheerleading are included with the uniform. 

Can I request to play with a friend or a specific coach?

No, due to the size and complexity of our league, we are unable to honor coach or friend requests.  See our Program Director for extreme issues or hardships.

What night will my child have practice?

Practices take place one night a week depending on grade level, practice will be Tuesday or Thursday.  Practice schedules will NOT be available until after teams have been established.

What day are the games?

Games are played on Saturday. Game schedules will NOT be available until after teams have been established.

When will I receive my practice and game schedule?

You should receive a call from your coach letting you know your practice time in December. The coach will introduce him/herself and let you know when you will practice. You will receive an email to your child's team, which will keep you informed of all the key information for a successful season. 

When is it too late to sign up my child for basketball or cheerleading?

We are closing registration on December 1st. Each year we do our best to get the word out about the program so everyone has plenty of time to sign up. We will do our best to accommodate late registrations based on the sizes
of our teams. There will be an additional $20 fee to cover expedited shipping and expenses. Email .com to inquire about late registration.

Can I call with questions?

Yes, you may call or text Erin at 269-930-9033 with questions, or email

thank you
to our 

This program is amazing because of the financial generosity of our community sponsors.

With their support we can continue to offer scholarships for families in need. ​

Hungry Howies

This program is impossible without

the dedication of our volunteers.

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