Upward Basketball & Cheerleading is closed for the 2017-2018 season.
Registration for next season will begin in September 2018. If you would like to be put on the Upward League e-mail list for next year, please click here. E-mail Cindi at cindi.wright@fbcfrisco.org for questions.

Upward Basketball
for K5–6th Grade
Practices start December 11th!
Upward Cheerleading
for K5–6th Grade
Start date TBD

*There are several changes regarding registration and team formations this year.
To find out more, refer to the FAQ below.

Key Dates

First Practice Week of December 11th
Cheer Camp Date TBD
First Game Saturday, January 6th
Upward Celebration Sunday, March 4th
Upward FAQ
First Baptist Frisco Upward Basketball & Cheerleading 2017-2018
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

Who can participate in Upward Sports at FBC Frisco?
FBC Frisco will accept children from Kindergarten through 6th Grade to participate in Basketball and Cheerleading.

When do I register my child for Upward Basketball/Cheerleading?
Upward registration begins September 1st and will continue until each division is full, or midnight on October 22nd. Register EARLY—divisions fill quickly! As divisions become full registrants will be placed on a waiting list. Registrants on a waiting list are not guaranteed a spot in the Upward program, but every effort will be made to accommodate as many registrants as possible.

How do I register my child for Upward Basketball/Cheerleading?
Online registration is highly recommended and will be available throughout the entire open registration period. Follow the link at the top of this page to register. If you are unable to complete online registration, community registration will be open at the FBC Frisco Fall Festival on Sunday, October 15th. You can also get a form directly from the FirstKids office at FBC Frisco.

What forms of payment can I use?
Registration is considered complete only when a completed registration form and payment have been received. Payment by credit or debit card directly through online registration ONLY is highly recommended and will guarantee placement into the program (or on the waiting list if the division is full). Registrants may opt to pay in person at FBC Frisco by cash or check (made payable to FBC Frisco). Registrants choosing this option MUST submit payment with the registration form or it will not be accepted.

How much is the registration fee and what is it used for?
Registration for the 2017-2018 season is $120; after September 30th, the cost is $135. The registration fee covers the operating expenses of running the league, uniforms, and the end-of-season closing ceremony.

Now that I have registered my child, what is the next step?
Everyone must attend one basketball evaluation (cheerleaders are also invited to evaluations to hear about the program and conduct uniform fitting). They will take place at FBC Frisco as follows (subject to change): Thursday, October 26th from 6:00-8:30 pm and Saturday, October 28th from 2:00-5:00 pm. Teams are then formed based on evaluation scores and experience. Please note the average evaluation time is 30 minutes; please plan accordingly.

What if my child cannot attend an evaluation?
If you do not attend an evaluation, you will not be guaranteed a spot and could be placed on a waiting list. Every participant MUST attend an evaluation date.

What happens at the evaluation sessions?
Evaluations are not tryouts. Evaluations are a way of gathering objective data on the skills of each athlete. Evaluations are meant to be informative for the families and fun for the athlete as we incorporate dribbling, shooting, and agility drills. All athletes and their parents or guardians will attend a short orientation which will provide important information for the season. In addition, participants will be fitted for uniforms and have their height recorded.

What happens following the evaluations?
We assign coaches and begin creating teams based on the evaluation scores. Please be patient as we take the time to create teams that are well-balanced based on all team member’s skills, as well as developing practice times and locations. We are planning on up to 30 teams with about 300 players across all divisions, so this process can take considerable time.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
Prior to October 22nd you can cancel your registration and receive a full refund.

When will I receive team assignments?
Team assignments will be provided to coaches prior to the first practice the week of December 3rd. The coaches will contact you to introduce themselves, confirm your team, and inform you of your first practice date and time.

Can I request that my child plays on the same team with friends?
Yes, your child may make one friend request. Each child must list the other for the link to be honored (barring practice night conflicts). We do not, however, allow a child to request more than one friend on a team or honor requests when both children do not request each other. Due to the multiple requests of many families, there may be times when a friend request cannot be honored. With over 300 players, it is not possible to accommodate multiple friend requests or rearrange the teams without disrupting this balance or complicating the process of building team rosters. We ask for your understanding and hope that you see the value in how this system works. It is a great opportunity for all of us to make new friends.

Where are the practices held?
All practices are held at First Baptist Church Frisco (7901 Main Street, Frisco, TX 75034).

When is practice held?
The week of December 3rd is the first practice week. Your coach will provide you with your practice schedule once it has been determined. Practices are one hour in duration, once per week on either Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

When and where are the games played?
The first games are scheduled for Saturday, January 6th. Games will be held at the FBC Frisco Gym.

Will the games always be played at the same time?
Games are played at various times, but the age groups are normally around the same time each week (coaches will provide details).

When is the full season schedule available?
We do our best to get the schedules to you as soon as possible after the teams are formed, and you will have them before the first games on January 6, 2018.

How will I know if a game or practice get canceled?
When challenging weather happens or other circumstances arrive, we submit the cancellation of practices and games through e-mail and on our Facebook page.

Are the players required to wear uniforms?
Yes. Uniforms are included in your registration fee. Each basketball player will be given a practice t-shirt, reversible jersey, and shorts. Each cheerleader will be given a cheer top and skirt and mock turtleneck. The children will be sized for uniforms at each evaluation session, and will receive them by their first practice.

Is there a team photo available?
Team photos will be taken on Saturday, January 27th or Saturday, February 3rd. More details will be provided later in the season from the coaches and posted on our Website and Facebook page.

Is there an awards celebration?
Yes, we will hold the awards celebration on Sunday, March 4th at FBC Frisco. More details will be provided later in the season from the coaches and posted on our Website and Facebook page. Please feel free to contact Cindi Wright or Dan Mann if you have any additional questions.

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.

What will a child in an Upward Sports League take away from his or her experience?
Participants gain both athletic skills and values for success on and off the court—including sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect. Young athletes enjoy 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.

How is it possible to give every child equal playing time?
Upward Sports Leagues offer competitive games through a drafting system created to balance talent on each team. Combined with a unique substitution system, this enables Upward Sports Leagues 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.

Can I request a specific coach?
We allow parents to coach their child’s team, but do not generally allow coach requests outside of that unless the child has special needs that can only be accommodated by a specific coach.

Can I bring in my own team?
No. Upward Sports Leagues do not allow preformed teams, whether they are formed outside the league or have played together within the league in the past. We use a specialized drafting system created to balance talent on each team, which also allows players to play against other players of similar talent and ability.

What do I need to do to volunteer?
Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles including, but not limited to; coaching, team parents, referees, game day coordination (scoreboard, court readiness, announcements) etc. Coaches and referees will need to complete a coaching application and submit to a background check (paid for by FBC Frisco). Please contact Cindi Wright or Dan Mann for further information

I don’t know anything about the sport, can I still coach?
Some general knowledge of the sport is helpful when you are coaching, but if you are willing to spend some time learning, you can still coach! We offer training for all of our coaches, in addition to practice plans and drills.

Who do the Upward teams play?
Upward is an in-house league, we only play other Upward teams within our organization at FBC Frisco. We do not play teams from other leagues or organizations.

Other Questions?
Please contact Cindi Wright (cindi.wright@fbcfrisco.org) or Dan Mann (fbcfriscoupward@gmail.com).