Upward Youth Sports

2020 -2021

UPDATE ON 4th-6th Grade 



What happened & why did we cancel?  

As of November 12th, we were fully prepared to have a successful season. The leaders were organized, the coaches were excited, and the gym improvements were ready to be utilized.  However, when the leadership of Butler County put out a press release on Thursday stating "Other challenges are related to league sports that are unaffiliated with schools.  As schools limit sports activities while outside organizations continue to practice and play, the message and the goal of limiting quarantining and spread is hindered."  This made us reevaluate the rising cases as well as our role in this community.  We felt it would be in the best interest of our kids and families to prioritize their safety and health.  While we were determined to try our best to provide a safe environment, we could not guarantee that we would not contribute to the rising numbers of cases.   


Will there be refunds? 

We will be in contact with Upward and if you paid by credit card, they will be issuing you a refund.  If you paid by check, then the church will be mailing you a refund.  Please allow a few weeks for this to process and if you don't have a refund by mid-December, please let me know.  


What about the K-3rd and Cheerleading League? 

Our hope is with the current mitigation methods is that cases will go back to the level they were this summer and early fall.  We will continue to plan on having our K-3rd and Cheerleading league. 


Is there still hope that the 4-6th graders might play? 

We pray that they are able to play even if it is not a formal league.  Options currently considered would be open gyms, pickup games, or a modified league in the spring.  

Kindergarten - 3rd grade
and cheerleading league
Registration is still open

February and March.  

Click here for K - 3rd Grade and Cheer Registration

Basketball Sizing chart

Cheer sizing chart


Kindergarten - 3rd & Cheer: 

The cost will be $70 plus an optional $14 for basketball shorts or cheerleading mock turtleneck.  There is a sibling discount of $15.  If you have a sibling who played in the 4-6th grade league then while registering use the SIBLING discount code. 

Covid Policy

In order to have a successful and healthy season, we are going to limit the amount of people in the gym.  We are going to require all spectators and coaches to wear a mask at all times unless they have a medical reason.  For practices, we are going to ask the parents to drop off their kids or wait in their cars.  With limited practice time slots, this will allow more teams to practice at once.  For game days, we will be staggering the game times in order for the gym to fully clear before the next groups will enter.  We will be allowing two spectators per player or cheerleader.  We will also be cleaning the balls, equipment and gym as well as encouraging good hygiene such as washing hands and use of the hand sanitizer stations.  Even with our best safeguards, there is still a risk of covid entering our facility.  We will be requiring all of our families to sign a waiver for covid and for live streaming (if this becomes a possibility).

Refund policy

If Butler Area School District cancels their indoor sports, we will have to cancel our season.  However, Upward has extended a generous offer that we will extend to you.  If the season gets cancelled before we hand out uniforms then you will receive a 100% refund.  If the season gets cancelled before we play half of our games (before January 2nd for 4-6th grade and before February 27th for cheerleading and K-3rd), you will receive a 50%.  If the season gets cancelled after we play half of our games then there will be no refund.  I strongly encourage everyone to register and pay online through Upward this year versus the pay in-person option.  If the season gets cancelled, they will handle the refunds limiting the administrative burden on our end. 

Evaluation Days

kindergarten - 3rd grade

Instead of an evaluation day, we are asking parents to put their kids through the same drills we used in the past (which we will email when we get closer to the season). If you do not have a basketball hoop to use, we will have an open gym time where you are able to use our gym to perform the evaluation.  We will also provide volunteers to put your child through the drills if you are unable.  The open gym time will be: Sunday, January 17th between 2-6 pm. 

Upward ministry leaders

Justin Miller
Melissa Hickman