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Upward Sports Basketball

Play with Purpose.

Registration is now open!  

Upward Sports is the world's largest Christian youth sports provider.

We are excited to partner with Upward Sports to provide a basketball league
for boys and girls in K-6th grade for the 2018-2019 school year.


How to Register

Register online or at the Church office. Sign up early - space is limited.
Cost: $80/player, includes basketball jersey and shorts.

All practices and games will be held at Grace Church.

Player Evaluations for Placement
Prior to joining a team, your child will be required to attend a basketball evaluation at Grace Church. At the evaluation, they'll get to meet coaches, get fitted for a uniform, and participate in some basic basketball drills. The evaluation will allow the leaders to balance skills among teams to promote a fun and competitive season. You'll also get to meet our leadership team, and ask questions about Grace Church or our new Upward Sports league.

Friday, November 16 between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Saturday, November 17 between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Practices and Games
Teams will meet to practice one hour/week beginning the week of January 7. Games will take place on Saturdays beginning January 26. A detailed schedule of practices and games will be provided prior to season start. On Friday, March 22, we'll hold an Awards Celebration.

About Upward Sports
Upward Sports Basketball is an opportunity for kids and their families to participate in an organized sports league in a clean, safe, and family-friendly atmosphere. Leaders and coaches are dedicated to helping develop young athletes spiritually, athletically, mentally and socially. Players and coaches will spend time each week on the court developing their athletic skills, as well as time off court encouraging them in their relationship with God.

We're all about a positive sports experience.

• FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT where kids can have fun learning how to be a Christian witness
• LEADERSHIP are trained coaches and referees who will encourage your child
• CHRIST-CENTERED LESSONS are shared at each practice and game

What makes Upward Sports Basketball different?

As they participate in Upward Sports Basketball, your young player will be intentionally taught using a 360 Degree Progression. This focuses on developing a total athlete, who is encouraged mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially.

• Upward Sports Basketball follows a unique set of rules designed to promote healthy competition and sportsmanship while promoting the objectives of the game. Read the full set of rules: upward.org/rules

• In order for players to develop, repetition is essential. Coaches adhere to a unique participation system for each game that allows all players the opportunity to develop and improve.

• At each practice, your player's coach will share a life lesson with the team that will center on Christlike virtues. The season will be focusing on three virtues, each of which will be taught for three practices. Each virtue will also have a corresponding Bible verse.

Show proper respect to everyone

– 1 Peter 12:17 (NIrV)

Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIrV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.
– Proverbs 3:5 (NIrV)

At the end of each Upward Sports Basketball Game, young athletes are recognized by their coach for their actions and attitudes on the court through the presentation of gameday stars. These stars are multi-colored and represent the following attributes:

Blue = effort
Gray = offense
White = Christlikeness
Red = defense
Gold = sportsmanship


League Director Jeff Goodrich is happy to answer any questions you may have. Send him an E-mail at upward@gracecma.org

map-footer 7393 Pearl Road
Middleburg Heights
Ohio 44130

P: 440.243.4885
F: 440.243.0297
E: gracechurch@gracecma.org