Every Thursday, from 04/08/2021 to 05/20/2021, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4TH - 6TH GRADE
Games in this league will be played full court with the presence of a PIAA referee.
We are pleased to announce that we are currently looking forward to having an Upward 4-6th grade season this year!! We are trying to contain our excitement as the league is going to look a little different this year, considering the challenges of the current pandemic as well as the amazing growth our league has seen over the past few years. While it is going to take patience, understanding, flexibility, and a lot of your help and prayers, I am hopeful that we are preparing for our best season yet.
The cost will be $80 (the extra $10 is for referees) plus an optional $14 for shorts.
There is also a sibling discount of $15 per child if the sibling participated in the k-3rd grade basketball and cheerleading league. When you register, please enter the sibling discount code SIBLING.
Instead of an evaluation day like we’ve done in the past, we will be having MANDATORY evaluation nights which will be an open gym/scrimmaging concept on the following nights:
6th Grade- Monday, March 29th (6-7:30)
5th Grade – Tuesday, March 30th (6-7:30)
4th Grade – Wednesday, March 31st (6-7:30)
After each group, the coaches will be drafting teams. This is a concept that has proved successful in other Upward leagues to try to make the teams more competitive and balanced for older age groups. To accomplish this, we will not be allowing carpool links (except for siblings) or practice night exclusions. There will also be an initial coach’s meeting Sunday, March 28th from 6-7:30 PM (coaches only).
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION
The first week of practice will be April 5th.
The first game will be Saturday, April 10th. We will try to have games in the afternoon and evening depending on the number of teams to limit competing with other spring sports.
The tournament weekend will be May 21-23rd.
This will give each team 6 games plus a tournament; therefore, guaranteeing at least 7 games for the season.
Unfortunately, there will be no snow make-up games and the Snack Shack will be closed for the duration of the season. Also, we will not be having cheerleaders for this league.
To have a successful and healthy season, we are going to limit the number of people in the gym. All spectators and coaches will be required to always wear a mask unless they have a medical reason for exemption. 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. Game times will be staggered for the gym to fully clear before the next groups enter. We plan to allow two spectators per player. We will be cleaning the balls, equipment, and the gym as well as encouraging good hygiene, including thorough hand washing and use of the hand sanitizer stations. Unfortunately, even with our best safeguards in full effect, there is still a risk of Coronavirus entering our facility. Due to our covid protocols, we have to limit the number of players we will be allowed in the league so don't delay in registering.
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 pass on to you. If the season gets canceled before we hand out uniforms then you will receive a 100% refund. If the season gets canceled before we play half of our games (before May 1st), you will receive a 50% refund. If the season gets canceled after we play half of our games, unfortunately, 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 canceled, Upward could then handle the refunds limiting the administrative burden on our end. However, with the success of our K-3rd grade league, we pray that this season won’t be canceled again.
We know we will be competing with other spring sports, but we felt it was important to have a league especially for our graduating 6th graders. We hope the time commitment will be minimal with only having one practice during the week plus trying to have games in the afternoon and evenings on Saturdays.
With all the uncertainties in the world right now, one thing is certain … God's love and His eternal glory. I pray that we will have a successful Upward season. It is important to let these little athletes grow in their skills as well as their faith; however, we need to do so in a healthy and safe environment. This will take a lot of effort, flexibility, and grace from us all. If we can keep our focus on God and His children, we will have an amazing season!