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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Upward Sports Program?

Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian-based children's sports league. Last year, nearly 550,000 children in 48 U.S. states and Canada participated in Upward Sports Leagues and Camps hosted by more than 2,400 churches.


How is Upward Sports different from other youth sports organizations?

Upward Sports provides a fun sports experience based on healthy competition for kids, teaching skills for the sports arena and values for life. Upward Sports creates a positive environment for kids to learn sport skills without the pressure of “win-at-all-cost” leagues. With supportive coaches, equal playing time and a family-friendly schedule, Upward Sports Leagues are fun for the whole family.


Who can participate in Upward Sports?

Each year one million people around the world play, coach, referee or volunteer in one of the Upward Sports Leagues especially designed for K through sixth-grade children. Jarvis & St. James Upward Basketball League is honored to be one of the Upward Sports Leagues across the U.S. and Canada, children and volunteers of any faith or no faith are welcome to participate.


What will a child take away from his or her experience in an Upward Sports Program?

Participants gain both athletic skills and values for success on and off the court - including sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect. Young athletes enjoy a valuable game-time experience that improves their skills and builds healthy self-confidence as they learn from coaches who care. But Upward Sports is even more than a game-day experience, providing youth with a supportive community and fun activities to help them develop character.


What if my child has never played sports or cheered before?

No problem, we are excited for he/she to join us!!!   Upward is set up to serve all skill levels in each sport. We have children that were born with a basketball or pom-pom in-hand and we have children that have never dribbled a ball or shouted. Upward Sports is the place for them!


How is it possible to give every child equal playing time?

Upward Sports offer competitive games through a drafting system created to balance talent on each team. Combined with a unique substitution system, this enables us to provide kids with equal playing time over the course of a season.


Does a child’s family have to be a member of a church in order to for him/her to participate?

No, Upward Sports is a community-based kids sports program most frequently hosted by a church. Children and volunteers of any faith – or no faith – participate in Upward Sports.


How are teams drafted?

Teams are drafted to be as evenly matched as possible. This is so no one team can dominate league play. Teams are drafted by the Upward League Manager (On-Line); a computer-generated drafting system. The ULM uses the scores taken at assessment time and registration to draft teams.


What do I need to do to volunteer?

Upward Sports offers a variety of volunteer outlets, completing the form below will result in follow-up by our league director.

/registration.upward.org/UPW80774/volunteer .  

You may also contact our League Directors at jarvisupward@gmail.com. They will work with you on the best fit for you – whether it is coach, referee, scores table, prayer partner, or any of our other volunteer needs. Coaches will need to complete a coach application and submit to a background check (paid for by the league).


How much of a time commitment is needed to participate?  

During the recreation season there is one practice per week and games on Saturdays for eight weeks. There is a total of eleven practices and eight games.


When are practices scheduled?

There is one practice per week, lasting one hour in length. Practices are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings; the day of the week will be determined once teams are formed. Participants cannot choose which night they practice but can indicate one night that they are unable to practice when signing up to participate. Practices for Cheerleaders are also once per week for one hour.


When are Upward Basketball games played?

All games are played on Saturdays typically between 8 am and 4 pm. The first game of the season is scheduled for Saturday, January 11th and will continue through February with the last game scheduled for Saturday, February 29th.  Games are one hour in length. Cheerleaders typically cheer for an entire game (actually two games cross-court games simultaneously). There will be no makeup for games missed due to inclement weather, etc. 


Where are the games played?

Upward BASKETBALL games are played at one of our two hosting church’s facilities, JARVIS MEMORIAL UMC or ST. JAMES UMC in Greenville, NC.


How much does it cost to participate?

The fee per child for the 2021-2022 basketball and cheerleading season is $95 if registered before October 31, 2021. After that date, the cost increases to $105 (extra handling).  Also, POST $105 REGISTRATION after initial uniform order as needed to fill attrition and holes within a grade/gender division.


What does the fee include? 

The registration fee includes a reversible Upward jersey, a t-shirt for underneath and shorts for basketball players. Cheerleaders will receive a cheerleading skort bottom, top, mock turtleneck, pom-poms and hair ribbon.

The fee also helps cover the cost of the end-of-season Celebration. Team photos will be taken pre-season and game day photos/videos will be available on our web site but this is at no additional expense.


Are scholarships available?

Yes, a limited fund has been established for those families requesting financial assistance. Partial scholarships are available. When you are able to help pay an amount it helps us provide as many scholarships as possible. 


What is the league's mission for the year?

For several years, Upward Basketball has been collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to BACK-Pak pals a non-profit organization that provides food, for children in Pitt County Schools when needed.  Last year we collected food for the Food Bank of Greenville, NC.


What is the Inclement Weather Policy?

Upward Basketball typically does NOT follow the Public School System when it comes to cancellations. As soon as a decision is made, it will be posted on our web site WWW.JSMNOW.ORG and we will send an email to our parents & coaches. Please be careful and if the road conditions are dangerous, don't chance it (use your best judgement).

Last Published: September 2, 2021 11:44 AM
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