Upward Basketball

Upward Basketball is a league for Kindergarten through 5th grade boys and girls.  The league runs from mid-November to early February each year.  

There are many new and exciting changes that will be implemented this season! Below are just a couple of changes we are excited about!

  • Continued improvements in our rules and player development progression plans to help players develop at a healthy and age-appropriate pace for the next level!
  • 5th Grade Teams will play an end-of-season tournament!


Season and Registration Information

  • Practices begin the week of Monday, November 10.  There will not be practices the week of Thanksgiving.
  • The first game day will be Saturday, December 6.
  • The end of season celebration will happen the first week of February.  Once all details are finalized we will post on our website.
  • Early Registration is $99 and will increase to $114 on October 29.  The cost includes basketball shorts and jersey.
Please register by clicking the button below or come to one of our kiosks located at the Activities Center Desk between 7a.m. — 9 p.m., Monday - Friday, and 9a.m. — 5p.m., Saturday. 




Practice Information

Practices are once a week for 1 hour.  Practice days are Monday - Friday. (Due to church events, the only practice times on Wednesday night are at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) Practice day and time depend on each individual coach's availability. Practice times could be 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8:00 p.m.


Player evaluations are very important to the Upward Basketball Program.  It provides a way to make all teams as even as possible based on each persons skill level which ultimately ensures a good competitive league.  Each player must attend an evaluation.  If players do not attend they are moved to the waiting list and placed on a team if there is space.  

5th Grade - Tuesday, October 21, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
3rd Grade - Thursday, October 23, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
4th Grade - Thursday, October 23, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
1st Grade - Monday, October 27, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
2nd Grade - Monday, October 27, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

Kindergarten Division does not evaluate.

Player Progression Plan

At Johnson Ferry Sports and Upward Basketball our vision is to be intentional about helping your child develop their basketball knowledge and skills in a time based progression, according to their age, that allows for a comprehensive building of skills.  All too often children are forced to learn new things before they are ready or before they have mastered previous skills.  Our goal is to be intentional about helping them development at a healthy pace.

 Please click here to view our Player Progression Plan by division.

Kindergarten Division

Our Kindergarten division is designed to be a developmental league to prepare young players for the 1st Grade Division.  Since the emphasis is on development and instruction, the main focus in the Kindergarten league is to introduce players to the basic fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, passing, team defense, as well as provide them with the opportunity to learn the basic Upward rules.

The commitment for the Kindergarten division is 2 hours every week with one 1 hour practice during the week and a 1 hour game on Saturday. 

The Kindergarten Division is co-ed but we are prepared to split the division by gender should we have enough of each gender registered to do so.


This substitution system is designed to provide every player equal opportunity for improvement. The substitution system ensures that:

  • Every child will play at least half of the game.
  • No child will sit out more than six minutes at a time.
  • Every child will have an opportunity to be in the starting lineup.
  • In most cases, each child will play against someone of equal ability.
  • Coaches are not open to making unfair substitutions or being accused of such.
  • Coaches are free from monitoring playing time for each player.
  • Playing time for all players is virtually even over the course of the season.

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Danny Downing
Assistant Pastor
Recreation Office