What Is Upward?
Upward is a program designed to give children, both boys and girls and their families, a positive sports experience by partnering with local churches to build character, self esteem, skill development and spiritual growth. This is done by providing: Equal playing time for every player, Separate leagues for boys and girls, a one hour practice and game each week of the season, an evaluation process to provide equal opportunity for improvement, a devotion time during each practice, upward is a national organization and you can learn more about them at their website, www.upward.org
 
New Holland Nazarene has been offering the Upward program to the community since 2005. Because of popularity and limited space in our facility, we have partnered with Christian Fellowship Church and ELANCO School District, in order to be fully effective.
 
Who Can Participate?
Any boy or girl, K5 through 9th grade, in the New Holland and surrounding area.
 
How do I register my child?
Online registration is available here.
 
Do boys and girls play on the same team?
Girls and boys only play on the same team at the K5 level of the program. Depending upon number of participants the New Holland Upward basketball program endeavors to offer separate divisions for boys and girls beginning at first grade.
 
What are the dates of the season?
1st week of practice: January 3, 2022. 1st games: January 7 & 8, 2022. Season ends: February 26, 2022.
(Dates may vary for 5th-9th grade divisions)
 
Volunteer Opportunities
There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available to serve and give back to the league. All volunteers must submit current PA state background clearances. Below find ways to serve, get to know other families, and make a difference in others lives:
 
*Gym night captain- this individual sets up practice facilities and is present in the building to help assist and facility practices.
 
*Practice Night Parent- This individual will have access to facilities during practice times to help athletes and coaches enter and exit the building and provide additional assistance to coaching staff or athletes.
 
*Coach/Assistant Coach- Many individuals believe the best way to impact a life and make a difference is to serve as a coach for an Upward team. Upward provides practice night plans, drills, and plays, plus game day assistance through easy to navigate coach’s app available for download through Google/Apple app stores.
 
*Video Streaming Team- Help bring live action game play into the homes of family members and friends that might otherwise not be able to be present to watch the games.
 
*Swish Cafe- We are excited to re-open the Swish cafe this year. If you enjoy bringing a smile to someone’s face, meeting new people, and serving the families of Upward this is a great place to make a difference.
 
*Digital Media Content Creator- Amazing moments happen every week throughout Upward game days. We are looking for volunteers that will capture these moments, curate the images, and share them to be posted to the New Holland Upward Basketball and Cheer league digital platforms.
 
*Team Parent- This individual works with the coaching staff of a team to distribute information, communicate team needs, and setup postgame snack responsibilities.
 
*Setup/Tear down Crew- These team members help to prepare the gym for game days and help tear down and clean the facility when games end for the day.
 
*Behind the Scenes Person- This person enjoys details, organization, decorations, checklists, and using those talents to bless others.
 
Practice Information
How often and how long are practices?
K5- 4th grade 1 practice per week for 1 hour, 5th grade and up 1 practice per week for 1.5 hours.
 
When and where are practices held?
Your child’s practice night, time and location will be announced by December 15, 2021.
 
Due to some of our practice locations serving as early childhood learning centers and schools, spectators or family members will be not be able to enter those practice facilities. Athletes will be dropped off at the entrance to a facility.
 
Game Information
Games will be Friday between 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM or 8:00 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.
Usually, games are played at New Holland Church of the Nazarene and Christian Fellowship Church.
 
Illness Policy
We want to provide a healthy environment for all children in our care. Please help us achieve this task by keeping your family home if they have any of the following symptoms and/or illnesses:
– Fever greater than 100.4
– Runny nose with sign of infection (green, yellow, or brown tinted discharge)
– Undiagnosed rashes, sores or other skin conditions
– Sore throat
– Excessive coughing
– Diarrhea or vomiting
– Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
– Head lice
– Impetigo
– Active chicken pox
– Measles/ Mumps
– Any other contagious disease or symptoms
If a child is on antibiotics, he/she should be on medication for at least 24 hours before returning to Upward. In addition, the child should also be fever free and have stopped diarrhea and vomiting for a full 24 hours before returning to Upward.
Parents should advise us if their child has a continually clear-runny nose or rash due to non-contagious allergies.