Upward Registration

Registration is now open for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading for Kinder-6th grade kids! Registration Deadline: November 19 - we will never turn away kids from experiencing a discovery of Jesus through sports but you must be registered by this date in order to receive your uniform for the first game. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION COST ENDS NOVEMBER 12. 


Program Schedule:

Evaluation Date: November 12 any time/any age group from 9am-12pm. Make up evaluation date is November 14th from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Everyone must attend one evaluation that will take place at First Melissa.
First Practice: Week of December 12, 2022
First Game: Saturday, January 7, 2023

In Upward Basketball or Cheerleading, you and your friends:

  • Have 1 practice and 1 game each week
  • Get equal play time every game
  • Will learn new drills to improve your basketball/cheerleading skills
  • Will receive special recognition awards every game

Frequently Asked Questions about Upward:

  1. What is the mission of Upward? Upward sports primary mission is to promote the discovery of Jesus through sports 
  2. Where will the Upward events be located? Practices and Games will be here in Melissa at First Melissa 
  3. When are Upward practices? Practices will begin the week of December 12 and will be on one of two nights; either Mondays or Thursdays , between the time windows of 5:30pm-8:00pm, depending on grade level 
  4. When are Upward games? Games will be played on Saturday, starting January 7. Games will be played between the time window of 9:00am-2:00pm depending on grade level as well. 
  5. What does the registration fee cover? Registration fee covers jerseys, you can request a teammate during registration as well as request a practice night. 
  6. When are evaluations? Evaluations will be held on November 12th to allow us to best assign teams. Evaluations for cheerleading would not be necessary but are still welcomed to join. 
  7. Who can participate in Upward? Upward is co-Ed and welcomes all skill levels 


We love to have volunteers for Upward – to teach kids about sportsmanship, friendship, and being like Jesus!  We enlist a large army of volunteers to bring our leagues to life! There is a place for you to serve no matter what your skill set is. It takes a lot of volunteers, so yes, we would love to have you on our team. COACHES (head and assistants) are needed for all grades. Please let us know your interest when you register, or contact us for an application. Click below to sign up for the Upward Volunteer Team!


  1. Review our expectations: Upward Coach Expectation Packet HERE (.pdf download)

  2. Complete the Online Coach Registration HERE.

  3. Complete a Secure Online Criminal Background Check.  *** (background check not required if we already have one on file with FM within the last 2 years).

  4. Commit to attend our REQUIRED coach training scheduled for November 28 at 6:30 pm. In order to serve as an Upward Basketball or Cheer Coach, it is required that you attend a training session. We make this training as fun and interesting! Your participation continues to make our league excellent and the BEST sports experience available.