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Upward Sports Coach & Ref videos
Due to the UMC's Safe Sanctuaries initiative, all basketball & Cheerleading coaches, assistant coaches, and  referees MUST attend a mandatory training session(s) in early November to be allowed to participate in that capacity.  The session will include child safety training and your sport specific training.  Coach selection is based on attendance at this mandatory training session.
Welcome and thanks for considering an Upward Coaching and/or Referees Position!
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.
Upward Basketball is unlike any league with which you have been associated. Upward Basketball is designed to be a competitive and fun environment for kids, and the coach is primarily responsible for this at practices and games. It is up to the coach to equip players with the athletic skills they are pursuing and to be an ambassador for sportsmanship and character on and off the court. The success of a coach is not based on wins and losses. It is based on how he or she stresses the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect.
An Upward Basketball coach should be equally strong in both ministry and sport.  We will be intentional in placing coaches that are strong in both ministry and sport in head coach positions. Make no mistake about it though, there are assistant coaching positions open to anyone willing to step in and make a difference in the lives of kids.


Upward Practice Introduction


Upward Coach Resources


Skills and Drills Video


Basketball Substitutions


Referees (highest level of authority on the court)

Upward Basketball is designed to provide the best sports experience for every child. Coaches will teach the basic fundamentals of basketball through drills, games and scrimmages along with sharing life lessons through mid-practice huddles. Through the game of basketball, coaches will introduce players to Jesus Christ. However, without the best sports experience, the opportunity to share can be lost. As an Upward Basketball referee, you will have an affect (positive or negative) on that experience. A positive influence to the game is your biggest role in this program. Will you ensure every child receives the best sports experience?

It is important that you understand your responsibilities as a referee:
Understand and know the sport
By knowing and understanding the sport of basketball, you will be able to call the game effectively. This also includes knowing the rules unique to Upward Basketball. 
Lead by example
It is important that referees are role models on the court. You should demonstrate a Christ-like attitude through your officiating and through the encouragement of players. Provide positive comments to players during the game for their play, effort and sportsmanship.
Control the game
Upward Basketball referees represent the highest level of authority on the court. Through this authority, it is important to make the necessary calls throughout the game. Coaches spend time at practice teaching the rules, fouls and violations to their players, on game day, it is your job to support that by enforcing the rules and holding players accountable
Upward Basketball Basic Level(s) Overview

Level 1 Rules Modifications

Level 2 Rules Modifications

Level 3 Rules Modifications

Last Published: September 25, 2018 5:14 PM
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