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Practice Focus A) Make every player a welcomed and appreciated part of the team. B) Teach fundamentals through drills C) Share biblical life lesson at each Upward practice. Practice Breakdown 1. Pre-Practice Huddle (3-5 minutes) > Cover specific basketball rules and the basics of basketball. Teach and review proper techniques for each skill needed for practice drills. 2. Warm-up Activity (3-5 minutes) > Provide players the opportunity to practice individually and slowly warm up their muscles. 3. Practice skills through drills (20 minutes) > Use drills that reinforce skill development. Focus on only one to two skills per practice. 4. Mid-practice huddle (five to seven minutes) > Share the practice-specific devotion for each week. 5. Scrimmage or games that teach (20 minutes) > Guide players in using the skills they are learning through scrimmaging. 6. Post-practice huddle (five minutes) > Distribute practice cards and make any necessary announcements. After practice is a great time to engage in conversation with parents. Read More
Safe Sanctuaries is more than guidelines, policies and procedures implemented to create an environment in which children, youth and the adults who work with them have boundaries of safe space. Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression of a congregation in making a congregation a safe place where children and youth may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith. In 1996 The General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted a resolution aimed at reducing the risk of child sexual abuse in the church. GBOD staff were concerned about the risk of abuse occurring in churches. In talking with staff from other agencies, a similar concern was expressed. With joint agency effort a resolution was presented and passed at the 1996 General Conference to "Reduce the Risk of Child Abuse in the Church." With that resolution the agencies began working to develop programs to support annual conferences and local congregations. Soon after that the first series of national training occurred and the first Safe Sanctuaries book was written by Joy Melton. Read More
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Referee Handbook 2017-2018


Before the game begins, bring both teams and coaches together to remind them about game rules, common violations, and the spirit of Upward Basketball. Encourage players and coaches to do their best to honor God with their actions and attitudes. Here are a few things to discuss during this pre-game gathering:

›  Gather both teams and their coaches for a brief word of encouragement and prayer.

›  Be sure all players have their jerseys tucked in their shorts.

›  Check to see that each player has his or her shoes tied tightly. Have players remove all jewelry, hats and watches.

›  Give reminders for game play (no defense in the backcourt, man-to-man defense, three-second violations, etc.).

During the Game    

As an Upward Basketball Referee, you serve as an on-the-floor coach, teacher, and encourager. It is part of the referee’s role to talk to players during  the  game.  Communicating  with  players during play  will help them  improve their game on the court. Often the referee can stop a violation before it happens by talking to the players. Commands like “out of the lane 33,” “watch  the  pushing,”  or “pass  or shoot  –  no double  dribbling”  can  keep  the  game  moving and make it more enjoyable for all. Players, parents, and coaches will appreciate a referee who  is  committed  to  both  officiating  and teaching.

Coaches, Referees, Commissioners, Volunteers
Volunteers Coaches now receive a TEMPORARY email link ( expires 48hours after being sent) to access specific league resources on their smart phones and/or tablets upon completion of their application, background check, mandatory training, team assignments, etc. that confirms their approval. The App works on both iPhones/iPad and Android phones and is available in your App Store or Google Play account.
1) Receive all contact information of your team's players and parents 2) Call, text, and email parents from the app itself 3) Access individual practice plans specifically from the age group you coach 4) Substitute players on game day 5) Assign and track star distribution for game day 6) other roles and responsibilities Read More
The decision to be a coach or referee for Upward Sports is no small matter. You have the opportunity to make a huge, positive difference in the lives of kids in our community. We believe that a great league starts with coaches who understand the Upward mission. Thank you so much for serving as an Upward Basketball Coach. Have a great season! MUST attend training session to PARTICIPATE as coach, assistant coach or referee for both 1st time and past season participants.. Due to the UMC's Safe Sanctuaries initiative, all basketball & Cheerleading coaches, assistant coaches, and referees MUST attend this sessions to be allowed to participate in that capacity. These will include child safety training and your sport specific training. Coach selection is based on attendance at this mandatory training session. Read More
2019 GAME-DAY SEASON *Practice Resumes- Week of January 7th *First Game Day - January 12, 2019 *Special Event Date - Sunday, February 4, 2019 *Team Picture Day - Saturday, February 9, 2019 *Last Game Day - Saturday, March 2, 2019 *End of Year Celebration - Sunday, March 3, 2019 Read More
Jarvis upward basketball provides an excellent learning experience for basketball beginners and a safe and fun environment for kids to participate without the pressures of winning. Upward is a Christian league where players will not only learn basketball, they will have the opportunity to learn Bible verses weekly during practice. Read More
Each year, young athletes in Upward Sports Leagues are excited to receive new uniforms. We know that parents, coaches, and league directors love them too, because every year, one of our most frequently asked questions is "What are my uniform colors?" Well here they are for your 2018-2019 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading League in Greenville, NC. This year Home will be BLUE and Away will be WHITE.. Read More
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