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Kindergarten - 6TH Grade

Upward is more than a game! Your child will have fun learning or improving their specific skills through Upward Basketball. Participation will give your child a chance to experience good sportsmanship on and off the court. What makes the Upward experience different from other leagues? Not only is the program an excellently run sports league, but it is founded on Christian principles that build character in each player. Each practice includes a devotion time led by the coach and every game includes a half-time devotional led by our Upward Team members. Upward basketball is designed for children of grades Kindergarten through 6th, with both boys teams and girls teams (Kindergarten is a co-ed division).

Registration for 2017-2018 Game Season #8
Upward Basketball Practices and Games are for kids currently in Kindergarten thru 6th Grade and runs December 2017 - February  2018.  Registration for our 2017-2018 Season began On-Line September 1st, 2017.  Registration is on a  first come first serve basis. Once a grade division is full, we will close that grade’s registration.

Basketball & Cheerleading Packages
* Basketball players receive a reversible mesh jersey and an Upward T-shirt
* Cheerleaders receive a cheerleading shirt, skirt, cheer poms, megaphone and hair ribbon
* Car Magnet
* Game day and Practice Star awards
* Equal playing time for basketball players
* A one-hour practice and one-hour game each week starting in January
* End of Season Celebration Gift
* Early Registration Fee: $75 per participant if registered and paid by Oct. 13th
* Final Registration Fee: $85 per participant if paid after after Oct. 13th
* Late Registration Fee:  $95 per participant after Oct. 22nd ( pending availability)
* Once a specific grade/division reach capacity, a waiting list is formed.

Key Dates
* Registration On-Line begins , September 1, 2017.  
* Registration closes when we reach capacity or October 22, 2017 (whichever comes first)
* Evaluation Nights: Mon. Oct. 23rd; Tues. Oct. 24th; or Thurs. Oct 26th (6-8 pm)
* Players/Cheerleaders are notified of team placement by Monday, Nov. 28, 2017.
* Practice beginning week of December 4, 2017 for 3 weeks, then off for two weeks.
* Practices resumes the week of January 8, 2018
* First game is Saturday, January 13, 2018 (continues for 8 weeks on Saturday's thru March 3, 2018)
* Practice with the Pirates Sunday, February 4, 2018 ( Tentative )
* Team Picture Day is Saturday, February 10, 2018
* Last game is Saturday, March 3, 2018
* End of Season Celebration Sunday, March 4, 2018 (Two time slots: 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm)


Evaluation/Orientation Nights
* Walk-in Registration during Evaluation night are subject to Wait Listing pending availability.
* In an attempt to draft fair and equal teams, each basketball player must be evaluated according to height, skill and assertiveness
* Evaluations take approximately 20-30 minutes and are held at the Jarvis Memorial TCLC gym on the dates listed below. 
* All players/cheerleaders MUST be sized for uniforms at an Evaluation/Orientation.
* All basketball players and cheerleaders must attend an Evaluation/Orientation Night.
* Families with more than one child in Upward need only attend one Evaluation/Orientation Night with all their registered children.
* A player or cheerleader that cannot attend their scheduled Evaluation/Orientation Night should attend the other Evaluation/Orientation Night.
* Please contact the church office if your child will not be able to attend either one of the Evaluation/Orientation Nights to make other arrangements for evaluation and uniform sizing.

Evaluation/Orientations will take place as follows: ( Between 6:00 - 8:00 pm)
Monday, October 23, 2017:  Kindergarten thru 2nd Grader Boys and Girls OR
Tuesday, October 24, 2017:  3rd and 4th Grade Boys and Girls  OR
Thursday, October 26, 2017:  5th and 6th Grade Boys and Girls

* One hour per week (same time each week - Monday, Tuesday,  or Thursday)
* Participants cannot choose which night they practice but can indicate one night that they are unable to practice.
* Beginning week of December 4, 2017 for 3 weeks, then off for two weeks and resuming on January 8, 2018
* Practice times are 5:30p.m., 6:30p.m., 7:00p.m., & 7:30p.m. (typically younger grades early/older grades later) 
* Team devotional (approximately 5 minutes) mid way thru practice.

Game Info
* Eight (8) one hour games on Saturdays
* First game is Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Last game is on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
* Game start times vary any time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
* Kindergarten, 1-2 Boys Grades, 1-3 Girls Grades and 3-4 Boys practice and play at Jarvis Memorial TCLC gym. Two simultaneous games are played each hour for at least 8 hours on game Saturdays starting at 8am and ending at 4pm.
* 4-6 Girls and 5-6 Boys play full court at St. James and practice at both locations. St. James games normally begin at 8am and end at 1:50pm and practices go 6-7pm.

Team Info
* Maximum 10 players per basketball team or cheer squad
* Each player signs up as an individual – not as a group or team
* Teams are drafted after Evaluation Nights
* The basketball league will have 4-10 teams per grade/division depending on enrollment.
* Last year we had 400 basketball players and cheerleaders

Anyone interested in coaching and/or refereeing may let us know of your interest via any of the following options:
* Indicate your interest on the player registration form or On-Line Registration 
* Email us at jarvisupward@gmail.com
* Call the church office at 252-752-3102
* Complete the online coach/referee application form HERE
* All applicants will have to meet volunteer requirements to be approved to volunteer. Completing the application does not guarantee placement as a coach.

End of Season Celebration will take place Sunday, March 4, 2018 ( 2 shows 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm) following the last Saturday game. The Jarvis & St. James Upward Basketball League in Greenville, NC ends each Basketball & Cheerleading season with a highly talented Christian entertainer who incorporates the Gospel message into a high energy demonstration of their God given talent. This will be a fun time of celebration for your kids and families. Every Upward participant will receive a gift from Upward Sports.

Upward Inclement Weather Policy
We do NOT automatically cancel basketball practices when the Pitt County School District cancels classes. We have found that in most cases, the conditions that precipitated the close of school in the morning are cleared up by the time we have Upward Practices. If conditions exist that would cause us to cancel Upward Practices or Upward Game Day, we will send out an email and post the information on the church website on this page. This decision is usually made by 3:00pm on practice days and by 7:00am on Game Days.

For More Information
You can also visit the Upward Sports website for more information, including a parent FAQ and this year’s uniform colors. Call 252-752-3102 x331 or e-mail: jarvisupward@gmail.com. 

Last Published: September 22, 2017 9:48 PM
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