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Upward Sports FAQ

Please check back from time to time as address more of the most commonly asked questions about our league. We will be adding more to help you out!

Upward Basketball League & Cheer League

  • Is cheerleading offered during both the basketball and flag football seasons?
    As of 2014, we will be offering cheer during both seasons!
  • What is the height of the goal for my child's grade?
    1st and 2nd grade is 8'.
    3rd and 4th grade is 9'.
    5th and 6th grade is 10'.
  • What size basketball should my child practice with?
    We recommend a 28.5 inch basketball for all players. That is the size for all ages in our Upward league.
  • What color are the uniforms this season?
    For the 2014-15 basketball & cheer season, our colors are navy and gold. One side of the reversible jersey is navy with white and gold trim, while the other side is gold with white and navy trim. Numbers are outlined in white.
  • When does the basketball season begin and end? What are the other keys dates?
    PRACTICE WEEKS (Mon, Tue, Thu):
    December 1-4, 2014
    December 8-11, 2014
    December 15-18, 2014
    January 5-8, 2015
    January 12-15, 2015
    January 19-22, 2015
    January 26-29, 2015
    February 2-5, 2015
    February 9-12, 2015
    February 16-19, 2015

    January 10, 2015
    January 17, 2015
    January 24, 2015
    January 31, 2015
    February 7, 2015
    February 14, 2015
    February 21, 2015

    Sunday, February 22, 2015
  • When and how often are practices/games?
    Upward Basketball is a 10-week season (See Key Dates). The first three weeks prior to the Christmas holidays consist of only one-hour practices. After the holidays, a one-hour practice and a one-hour game will be conducted for seven weeks. Practices will be on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Games are always on Saturday. Game times on Saturdays can vary.
  • Where are practices/games held?
    Your child's team will be assigned a practice gym that you will use each practice. We are using First Baptist Church Lake Jackson, First Baptist Church Clute, Christ Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church for our practice gyms. Games for grades 1-2 boys & girls and 3-4 grade girls will be played at FBC Lake Jackson. The 3-4 grade boys, 5-6 boys & girls will be played at Brazosport Christian School.
  • Can I request that my child be on the same team as his/her friend?
    No. We have no provision for requesting friends to be on the same team. Actually, we have no provision for linking kids in any way (unless two parents maximum coach a team). We believe this promotes the balancing of teams and also the kids making new friends!
  • May I coach my child's team?
    Yes, provided that you complete the necessary steps including passing a criminal background check and attending mandatory coach training (and, of course, based upon availability). We'd love to have you join in! You can sign-up to coach here.
  • Where can I find rules specific to the Upward basketball league?
    Click here to learn more about Upward basketball rules (you will be directed to
  • Will my children be on the same team?
    If your children are in the same age division (1st & 2nd Grade Division, 3rd & 4th Grade Division, and 5th & 6th Grade Division), they will automatically be placed on the same team. There is no need to request it. Otherwise, they will be placed on different teams in the appropriate division.
  • Are there other ways to keep up with Upward news and updates?
    The very best way to keep up with our Upward league is to "like" our Facebook page .
  • Can I register my child at evaluation nights?
    After the registration deadline, all registrants will be considered to be on a "waiting list" and subject to availability. By the time evaluations roll around, the waiting list is generally long and availability is slim. Whereas we allow you to register at evaluations, the chances are much lower than getting it done on time. Please help us by communicating this to your friends and to the community as we do not want anyone left out.
  • Where can I find more information about Upward Sports?
    You may visit their main website here or you may see more FAQ's for parents here
  • Will my child tryout for a team, and how will he/she be placed on a team?
    There are no tryouts in Upward Basketball & Cheer. Each child will attend a mandatory evaluation/orientation night (see Key Dates) where basketball players will be guided through a few skills and drills that help identify each child's skill level. These evaluations are designed to create balanced teams and give each player an opportunity to improve his/her basketball skills. Cheerleaders will go through a brief orientation. Each child will also have the opportunity at evaluations to fit for jerseys, be measured for height and handle outstanding balances.

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