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

Contact
Carl Huett
Email Carl

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

Fees

  • Early Registration Oct 1 – Jan 9 is $120
  • Fees include:
    • Basketball Uniform with Shorts
    • 11 weekly Practices
    • 8 Saturday Games
    • Awards Celebration

Important Dates

  • Evaluations & Uniform Sizing– First Team Practice
  • Games– Saturday Mornings–Jan. 9,16,23,30  Feb. 6,13,20,27
  • Practices– Friday Evenings–Dec. 4,11,18  Jan. 8,15,22,29   Feb. 5,12,19,26
  • Practices– Sunday Afternoons–Dec. 6,13,20  Jan. 3,10,17,24,31   Feb. 7,14,21
  • Post Season Celebration– Saturday 2/27 (Time TBA)

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

COVID-19 Precautions

Payment:

  • $120 per player, with $10 discount for each additional sibling, will be collected, and entered an MLC Upward Administrator once it is determined that sufficient Covid Safety can be provided, and enough players have registered to support league play

 

Masks & Social Distancing:

  • Coaches, fans and athletes on the bench MUST wear masks at games and practices
  • Fans are expected to maintain Social Distancing
  • No concession stand.
  • Sanitizer dispensers will be present at all high touch areas

 

Evaluations & Uniform Sizing:

  • Conducted at the first Team Practice
  • Uniform sizing will be by visual only – no one can try uniforms on
  • Coaches will fill out Evaluation Forms and Uniform sizing
    • Submitted to the present MLC Upward Administrator for data entry

 

Practices:

  • MLC will provide all Basketballs, which will be sanitized before and after each practice
    • No one is allowed to bring their own ball
  • Players are responsible for bringing their own water. No drinking fountain use.
  • 90 minutes will be allowed for practice and time for sanitization after the practices.
  • Practice attendees can NOT enter the building until 10 minutes prior to their practice time
    • This is to limit cross traffic
  • Only 1 fan per player is allowed in the gym during practice

 

Games:  

  • MLC will provide all Basketballs, which will be sanitized before and after each Game
    • No one is allowed to bring their own ball or arrive early
  • We will use shoulder match-up tags instead of wristbands
  • Players are responsible for bringing their own water. No drinking fountain use
  • 90 minutes will be allowed for Games and time for sanitization afterwards
  • Game attendees can NOT enter the building until 10 minutes prior to their game
    • This is to limit cross traffic
  • Only 2 fans per player are allowed in the gym for games

 

Post Game:

  • There will be no after-game gathering
    • Game critiques, lessons, and star distribution will be incorporated into practices
  • No post-game snack
  • Sanitation of gym seating will be completed after each game by event staff.

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 OR tmeeks@messiahlutheran.com

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.