Community Upward Sports | Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Upward Sports Program?

Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian-based children's sports league. Last year, nearly 550,000 children in 48 U.S. states and Canada participated in Upward Sports Leagues and Camps hosted by more than 2,400 churches.


How is Upward Sports different from other youth sports organizations?

Upward Sports provides a fun sports experience based on healthy competition for kids, teaching skills for the sports arena and values for life. Upward Sports creates a positive environment for kids to learn sport skills without the pressure of “win-at-all-cost” leagues. With supportive coaches, equal playing time and a family-friendly schedule, Upward Sports Leagues are fun for the whole family.


Who can participate in Upward Sports?

Each year one million people around the world play, coach, referee or volunteer in one of the Upward Sports Leagues especially designed for K through sixth-grade children. Community Upward Sports is honored to be one of the Upward Sports Leagues across the U.S. and Canada, children and volunteers of any faith or no faith are welcome to participate.


What will a child take away from his or her experience in an Upward Sports Program?

Participants gain both athletic skills and values for success on and off the court - including sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect. Young athletes enjoy a valuable game-time experience that improves their skills and builds healthy self-confidence as they learn from coaches who care. But Upward Sports is even more than a game-day experience, providing youth with a supportive community and fun activities to help them develop character.


What if my child has never played sports or cheered before?

No problem, we are excited for he/she to join us!!! Community Upward is set up to serve all skill levels in each sport. We have children that were born with a basketball or pom-pom in-hand and we have children that have never dribbled a ball or shouted. Community Upward Sports is the place for them!


How is it possible to give every child equal playing time?

Upward Sports offer competitive games through a drafting system created to balance talent on each team. Combined with a unique substitution system, this enables us to provide kids with equal playing time over the course of a season.


Does a child’s family have to be a member of a church in order to for him/her to participate?

No, Upward Sports is a community-based kids sports program most frequently hosted by a church. Children and volunteers of any faith  or no faith participate in Upward Sports.


How are teams drafted?

Teams are drafted to be as evenly matched as possible. This is so no one team can dominate league play. Teams are drafted by the Upward League Manager (ULM); a computer-generated drafting system. The ULM uses the scores taken at assessment time to draft teams.


What do I need to do to volunteer?

Community Upward Sports offers a variety of volunteer outlets, which are all listed on our Volunteer Page. Your first step is to contact our League Director at He will work with you on the best fit for you – whether it is coach, referee, scores table, prayer partner, or any of our other volunteer needs. Coaches and referees will need to complete a coach/referee application and submit to a background check (paid for by Community Upward Sports).


How much of a time commitment is needed to participate?  

During the recreation season there is one practice per week and games on Saturdays for eight weeks. There is a total of twelve practices and eight games.


When are practices scheduled?

There is one practice per week, lasting one hour in length. Practices are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings; the day of the week will be determined once teams are formed. Participants cannot choose which night they practice but can indicate one night that they are unable to practice when signing up to participate. Practices for Cheerleaders are also once per week for one hour.


When are Community Upward Sports’ games played?

All games are played on Saturdays typically between 8 am and 3 pm. The first game of the season is scheduled for January 6th and will continue through February with the last game scheduled for March 3rd. Games are one hour in length. Cheerleaders typically cheer for an entire game, possibly two games in a row. There will be no games on February 3rd due the Coach’s Benefit Game being held that evening.


Where are the games played?

Community Upward Sports’ games are played at one of our two hosting church’s facilities, Hopewell Moravian Church or Friedberg Moravian Church.


How much does it cost to participate?

The fee per child for the 2018 basketball and cheerleading season is $85 if registered before November 11, 2017. After that date, the cost increases to $90 (due to expedited shipping charges).


What does the fee include? 

The registration fee includes a reversible Upward jersey, a t-shirt for underneath and shorts for basketball players. Cheerleaders will receive a cheerleading skirt, top, mock turtleneck, megaphone and pom-poms.

The fee also helps cover the cost of the end-of-season awards (every player will receive an end of year gift). Team photos and individual photos will be taken pre-season and game day photos will be available but this is an optional additional expenses. Any profits from the photos will be donated to Community Upward Sports’ mission for the season.


Are scholarships available?

Yes, a fund has been established for those families requesting financial assistance. Full and partial scholarships are available. If you are able to help pay any amount it helps us provide as many scholarships as possible. 


What is the league's mission for the year?

For the 4th year in a row, Community Upward Sports will be collecting non-perishable food items and money to be donated to Sunnyside Ministry. Sunnyside Ministry is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance to families in crisis in southern Forsyth and northern Davidson counties.


What is the Inclement Weather Policy?

Community Upward Sports typically follows the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System and Davidson County School Systems when it comes to cancellations. As soon as a decision is made, it will be posted online and we will send an email to our parents & coaches. Please be careful and if the road conditions are dangerous, don't chance it. 

We also use REMIND text messaging which you can sign up for and we will text you in case of practice or game cancellation. To sign up to receive REMIND text alerts from Community Upward Sports, text @upwardpar to 81010. Please keep in mind that message and data rates may apply with this service.