What Is Upward Basketball?
Upward Basketball offers a break from the norm.  The primary focus of Upward is to develop the Winner in EVERY child, not just a few.  By keeping this goal in mind, we are able to build a league that promotes salvation, character, and
self-esteem in all who participate through keeping sportsmanship and competitiveness in proper perspective by not maintaining league standings in any division and maximizing the family schedule by having only one hour of practice and one game each week.

Upward Seeks to Build Players and Their Families by…

  • Allowing for only one hour of practice and one hour game each week.
  • Using a designed rotation system to give all players equal playing time.
  • Training coaches and referees to teach and encourage, not to intimidate.
  • Not keeping score in younger leagues.
  • Not maintaining leagues standings in any division.
  • Exposing players to Scripture-based devotions each week and half-time            devotions for spectators each week.
  • Seeking to incorporate participants and their families into the local church          after the season is complete.

Each Player Receives:

  • Reversible mesh jersey
  • An Upward Basketball t-shirt
  • Music CD
  • Basketball magnet
  • Award after each game and practice
  • End of season award


Register Online or return a registration form to the church office anytime between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM – Monday through Friday.
The early registration cost per child for basketball is $60;
after November 3, the cost is $70.
The early registration cost per child for cheerleading is $60;
after November 3, the cost is $70.
Basketball shorts are optional at a cost of $15.
Cheerleading mock turtlenecks are optional at a cost of $15.
Please make checks payable to New Holland Church of the Nazarene. Memo line: Upward Registration 
Each child completes a skills test to evaluate appropriate team placement. 
Everyone must attend one basketball evaluation or cheerleading orientation. Evaluations will take place at the New Holland Church of the Nazarene Gym:

Monday, November 6th, between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

Thursday, November 9th, between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM

Program Schedule:

First Practice – Monday, December 18, 2017
First Game – Saturday, January 6, 2018
Awards Celebration – Saturday, February 24, 2018