FAQs: Upward Basketball and Upward Cheerleading

When are practices held?

One practice a week beginning in early January at the same place and same time each week. Locations are: Calvary United Methodist, Bethel, or First Assembly. Practice times are 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30 pm. Usually the younger divisions practice in the early time slots. We offer practice times every day of the week except Wednesday.

We have other commitments in the evenings, can we request a practice time?

When you register you can choose one night of the week that does not work for your child to practice – we cannot 100% guarantee any other practice night request after that.

When are the games played?

One 1 hr game every Saturday (mid-January through mid-March) between the hours of 8:30am – 3pm. K-4th grade game locations rotate between Calvary United Methodist, Bethel Church, and First Assembly of God. 5th-8th grade play Saturday afternoons at the Fargo Basketball Academy.

I noticed most of the practices and games are at churches, do I need to be a member for my kids to be able to play?

Biblical truths are shared at every practice and game, but you do not need to attend a church to play Upward – over 40% of our families don’t.

Who will coach my child’s team?

Most volunteer coaches are parents of a player on the team.

Can beginners play?

Yes! 40% of players have never played organized basketball before.

Will my child actually get to play?

Everyone makes a team, and every player plays the same amount of time.

What ages play together?

The divisions are: 
Kindergarten (Co-ed), 
1st-2nd (boys and girls division) 
3rd-4th (boys and girls division) 
5th-6th (boys and girls division) 
7th-8th (boys and girls division)

What do the players wear for the games?

Reversible Jersey & Shorts are provided with registration fee.

Can my child play on the same team as his/her friends? How are teams decided?

You can choose one friend to be on your child’s team. Both families need to enter the other child’s name in the carpool link during registration.
After that information is entered, our computer software assembles teams based primarily on evaluation scores to balance out the teams.
We expect 750+ players this year, so there are a lot of moving parts with formulating teams.

Is there any other way for my kids to be involved?

We offer cheer leading also. These squads practice once during the week and cheer at games on Saturday. Use the same link to register for basketball or cheer.

What is the cost?

Registration fee is $99 until the end of November, $119 after December 1st.

When can I find out my child’s team/practice night?

Practice Schedules and Team Rosters will be emailed out a week after our last evaluation.

Do I have to attend all 5 of the evaluations?

No. Just pick one that works for your family schedule and attend. Lines are longer at the beginning and much shorter at the end of the evaluation.

How can I coach my child’s team?

When you register, you can mark the box that indicates you would like to volunteer to coach your child’s team. That’s all there is to it! We have a coaches meeting in mid-December. You will also be given an app that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to run a practice and coach a game.