Upward Basketball

The purpose of Upward Basketball at Calvary Baptist Church is to help children build character and grow in their understanding and enjoyment of basketball and their knowledge of God. Upward is different than most community leagues in several ways. All players are evaluated individually and then placed on a team. Teams are arranged to provide a balanced, competitive league (no “all-star” teams). And coaches, parents, and referees all work together to encourage the player’s development.

When your child plays Upward Basketball, he/she will be able to:

Practice and play a game every week
Get equal playing time
Learn techniques to improve his/her basketball skills
Receive special recognition awards after every game
Develop new friendships


We want children to…

Learn fundamental basketball. Our coaches and referees have been trained to teach basic skills to children new to basketball and work to improve the skills of experienced children.
Build character. Sportsmanship and encouragement are both taught and modeled. Each week the team
a Bible verse during practice.
Learn about God’s love for them and their relationship with Him.
Have FUN! Every player is introduced before the game, is given equal playing time during the game, and receives an award after every game.


Upward Basketball is divided into the following leagues:

1st-2nd grade boys
1st-2nd grade girls
3rd-4th grade boys
3rd-4th grade girls
5th-6th grade boys
5th-6th grade girls

Along with this unique sports experience, your child will receive the following:

Upward Basketball T-shirt
Upward Basketball jersey
Upward Basketball car magnet
End-of season award
You may also click on Upward Sports to visit the official site.