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Basketball & Cheerleading Overview

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 2021-2022 Game Season #11
Upward Basketball Practices and Games are for kids currently in Kindergarten thru 6th Grade and runs December - February.  Registration for our 2021 -2022 Season began On-Line September 1, 2021.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Once a gender/grade division is full, we will close that grade/gender registration.

Basketball & Cheerleading Packages
* Basketball players receive a reversible mesh jersey & shorts and an Upward T-shirt
* Cheerleaders receive a cheerleading shirt top, skort bottom, mock-neck undershirt, cheer poms and hair ribbon
* Car Window cling and individual sport specific participants Sticker
* Game day and Practice Star awards
* Equal playing time for basketball players
* A one-hour practices ( Dec-Feb.) and one-hour game each week starting in January.
* On-line Registration Fee: $95 per participant ( CC payments only) if registered/paid by Oct. 31th (12:00 am) (Multible Child discounts on-line ONLY)
* Registration Fee: $95 per participant if paid between Oct. 1st -Oct 31 (Mail Check or Cash delivered to Jarvis Church)
* Late Registration Fee:  $105 per participant on or after Oct. 31th ( pending availability)
* Once a specific grade/division reach capacity, a waiting list is formed.

Key Dates
* Registration On-Line begins , September 1, 2021
* Registration On-Line closes when we reach capacity or October 31, 2021 (whichever comes first)
* Evaluation Nights: Mon. Nov. 1st; Tues. Nov. 2nd; or Thurs. Nov. 4th (6-8 pm) floating.
* Players/Cheerleaders are notified of team placement by Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.
* Practice beginning week of November  29, 2021 for 3 weeks, then off for two weeks.
* Practices resumes the week of January 3, 2022
* First game is Saturday, January 8, 2022 (continues for 8 weeks on Saturday's thru February  26, 2022)
* Team Picture Day is Saturday, February 5, 2022
* Last game is Saturday, February  26, 2021
* End of Season Celebration Sunday, February 27, 2022 (Two time slots: 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm)

Uniforms Required during Games

Basketball Players are REQUIRED to wear the T-SHIRT under their REVERSIBLE JERSEY and matching Upward SHORTS included in fees.  The uniform provided (BASKETBALL: reversible basketball jersey, short & T-shirt) must be worn during games and practices.

For cheerleading, a cheer uniform is provided (cheer top, mock-neck shirt & skort bottom, hair ribbon, & pom poms).  However, for cheerleading, a white undershirt (short or long sleeved) is REQUIRED.  Cheerleaders are welcome to use a shirt they already own, however a white mock-neck shirt from Upward Sports will be included with the fees this year.  

PARENTS:  There are NO exceptions to the rule requiring T-Shirts or mock-neck shirt beneath the reversible jersey or cheer tops.

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 director at jarvisupward@gmail.com,  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, Nov 1, 2021:  Kindergarten thru 2nd Grader Boys and Girls OR
Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021:  3rd and 4th Grade Boys and Girls  OR
Thursday, Nov 4, 2021:  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 November 29, 2021 for 3 weeks, then off for two weeks and resuming on January 3, 2022
* Practice times are 5:30p.m., 6:30p.m.,6:00pm., 7:00p.m., & 7:30p.m. (typically younger grades early/older grades later) 
* Team devotional (approximately 5-7 minutes) mid way thru practice.

Game Info
* Eight (8) one hour games on Saturdays
* First game is Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Last game is on Saturday, February  26, 2022.
* Game start times vary any time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

*Cheerleaders (all grades) practice at Jarvis in Flex Space and participate in two simultaneous cross court games for K thru 4th grade on Saturdays.
* Kindergarten, 1-2 Boys Grades, 1-3 Girls Grades and 3-4 Boys practice play at Jarvis Memorial TCLC gym. Two simultaneous cross-court games are played each hour for at least 8 hours on game Saturdays starting at 8am and ending by 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 9am and end by 4pm and practices go 6-7pm or 7-8 pm.

Team Info
* Maximum 8-10 players per basketball team or cheer squad
* Each player signs up as an individual – not as a group or team by their parents or legal guardian.
* Teams are drafted after Evaluation Nights
* The basketball league will have 4-10 teams per grade/gender division depending on enrollment.
* Last year we played, we had 418 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, February 27, 2022 ( 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. 

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 www.jsmnow.org website on the HOME page. This decision is usually made by 3:00pm on practice days and by 7:00am on Game Days.  Cancelled practices and/or games are NOT madeup later in the season due to gym scheduling conflicts.

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: August 27, 2021 8:25 AM
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