Upward Sports

Messiah Lutheran Church is excited to offer our UPWARD BASKETBALL league for a 6th consecutive season. Upward at MLC focuses on providing a fun environment for young athletes while developing them Mentally, Athletically, Spiritually and Socially. Sign up your K5 – 8th grader today!

To REGISTER your child

-Click the “Register Now” button


-Click the “New Player Gift Card Promotion” button.

-You can come back to this button to recommend additional new players.

-Form a team from your child’s friends, school class, or sports team and get a $10 Gift Card for each new player.

-Gift cards will be available for pick-up on Game Days at the Concession Stand.

Pre-Season Preparation

Skills Clinic

Below is a list of skills that will be covered.

K – 3rd Grade

  • Basic Passing & Dribbling
  • Proper Defense
    • Guarding
    • Shot Prevention
  • Shooting Basics
  • Other Simple Skills & Drills

4th – 8th Grade

  • Passing & Dribbling
  • Proper Defense
    • Man on Man vs Zone
  • Shooting Basics from Multiple Locations
    • Free Throws
    • Around the Key
    • Lay-ups
  • Basic Offense Rotation Around The Key

Skills Evaluation and Uniform Sizing

Where: Messiah Gymnasium 
              1801 W Plano Parkway, Plano, TX
When: November 23rd, 2019 – 10AM-12PM

Evaluation and Uniform Sizing is a must for all players, so teams can be formed during the following week.

If you cannot make this event Evaluation & Sizing will be done at the first practice, to be announced by your assigned Team Coach.


  • Early Registration Oct 15 – Nov 30 is $120
  • Registration After Nov 30 is $150
  • Fees include:
    • Basketball Uniform with Shorts
    • 11 weekly Practices
    • 8 Saturday Games
    • Awards Celebration

Important Dates

  • Evaluations & Uniform Sizing– Saturday 11/23 (10-12noon)
  • Games– Saturday Mornings– 1/11,18,25   2/1,8,15,22,29
  • Practices– Friday Evenings– 12/13,20   1/3,10,17,24,31   2/7,14,21,28
  • Practices– Sunday Afternoons– 12/8,15,22   1/5,12,19,26   2/2,9,16,23
  • Post Season Celebration– Saturday 2/29 (Time TBA)

We will also be announcing Open Gym dates and times during the Holiday’s for those teams and individuals wishing to attend.

We are looking forward to another exciting experience for you and your athlete, in a safe and nurturing environment. Thank you so much for your participation and support.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are so many opportunities for you to volunteer. Parents who volunteer as a coach, devotion leader or as a helper on game days report a deeper enjoyment of their athlete’s experience and connection to their child. Please consider sharing some of your time with us.

Email carlhuett@verizon.net

Carl Huett
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Help Upward Grow

  • Invite your child’s friends and classmates
  • Form a Neighborhood or School Class Team
  • Share this website
  • Deployed Military Family Scholarships are available