A seasonal sports outreach designed to deliver a quality, sport-oriented discipleship experience.

 

UPWARD FLAG FOOTBALL AND CHEER

Upward is the world's largest Christian-based kid’s sports league. Come join us for an existing season of Upward Flag Football or Cheerleading! Our Upward Flag Football and Cheer league is open to boys and girls going into grades Kindergarten through 5th grade in the fall 2017. Registration numbers will determine the grade division make-up.   

We allow one friend request/carpool link to place two friends together on the same team.  We do not, however, accept multiple friend requests, preformed teams or coach requests. 


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GRADES

Westside’s Upward Flag Football and Cheer league is open to boys and girls going into Kindergarten through 5th grade in the fall 2017.

COST

$80 early bird through June 21, 2017

$100 after June 21, 2017

Registration cost includes:  Flag Football - jersey, wrist coach, flag belt with flags, car magnet, and an end of season award.  Cheer - cheer top, cheer skort, poms, megaphone, hair ribbon, and end of season award. 

Optional items: Flag Football - matching reversible shorts can be purchased for an additional $20.  Cheer - coordinating turtleneck can be purchased for an additional $20. 

Partial Scholarships are available for those with financial need.  Contact Cindy Moresette at cindy@wchurch.tv if you have questions or need to request a scholarship. 

Registration is not complete until full payment is received.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Registration opens - April 15, 2017
  • Evaluations/Orientations (required) - Thursday, June 29, 2017
  • First practice - the week of August 14, 2017
  • First game - Saturday, August 26, 2017
  • Last game - Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Award Celebration - Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 12:30 pm
 

LOCATION

All games and practices for both Flag Football and Cheer will be at Picotte Elementary School, 14506 Ohio Street, Omaha, NE (off 144th Street, just north of Blondo).  Evaluations will be held at Westside Church, 15050 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE.  

Please note - No restroom facilities are available at Picotte’s playing fields; however, if needed, there is a gas station with a public restroom just blocks away on 144th & Blondo.

GAMES

The Upward Flag Football and Cheer season runs from August 14th through October 14th with 8 games and 9 practices. All games are on Saturdays starting in the morning.  Game times to be determined.  Games are one hour in length and include a halftime devotional. Cheerleaders typically cheer for an entire game or from halftime to halftime. 

PRACTICES

There is one practice per week, lasting one hour in length. Practices are either Tuesday or Thursday.  

We hope you can join us for an awesome season of Upward Flag Football and Cheer! 

If you have any questions, please see the FAQ section below or contact Cindy Moresette at cindy@wchurch.tv.

UPWARD BASKETBALL AND CHEER

Upward is the world's largest Christian-based kid’s sports league. Come join the fun on the basketball court! Our basketball league is open to boys and girls, grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. We offer separate boys and girls teams. Depending on registration numbers, Kindergarten and 1st grade could be co-ed. 

Space is limited!  There is the potential we may fill up at some grade divisions – Register early to secure your spot!


2017-2018 UPWARD BASKETBALL & CHEER REGISTRATION


Cost

$80 – Early Bird, pricing ends October 31st
$100 – Regular registration cost after October 31st

Cost includes a reversible jersey and t-shirt for Basketball; a top, skort, hair ribbon, poms and megaphone for Cheer; plus a car magnet and season-end award for your child.  

Optional items:
Matching reversible shorts for Basketball - $20
A coordinating turtleneck for Cheer - $20.

Partial Scholarships are available for those with financial need. Contact Cindy Moresette at cindy@wchurch.tv if you have questions about a scholarship. 

Important Dates

  • Registration opens - September 1, 2017
  • Evaluations (required to attend one) – Wednesday, November 1st; or Thursday, November 2nd; or Thursday, November 9th, 2017

  • First practice – the week of January 8, 2018

  • First game – Saturday, January 20, 2018

  • Last game – Saturday, March 10, 2018

  • Award Celebration – Monday, March 12, 2018, at 7 pm

 

IMPORTANT CHANGE for the 2018 season

Carpool links (friend requests) will no longer be offered for Westside’s Upward Basketball program.

Upward provides a unique system of evaluating players and drafting teams with the goal of having teams of equal skill.  Due to the numerous carpool link/friend requests made, as well as practice night exclusions and other needs, it became burdensome to accommodate and resulted in unbalanced teams.  To capitalize on this unique feature of Upward Sports, which helps provide a more competitive and fun experience through better balanced teams, we are not be able to honor requests for children to be on the same team with friends. 

Exception - siblings of the same gender and in the same division can still be placed on the same team. 

Children of coaches can still be placed on their parent’s team, of course.  We will still offer practice night exclusions, should one be necessary.  These two features have not changed. 

Location

All games, practices and evaluations are held at Westside Church, Dodge Road Campus. Some game opportunities may be available at St. Andrew's Church - specifics to be determined.

Games

The Upward Basketball and Cheer season runs January 8th through March 10th with 8 games and 9 practices. Games start every hour on the hour between approximately 8 am and 7 pm every Saturday during the season (subject to change based on registration numbers). Kindergarten through 3rd grade participants play on half-court; grades 4th and 5th play full-court. Games are one hour in length and include a half-time devotional. Cheerleaders typically cheer for an entire game or from half-time to half-time. 

Practices

There is one practice per week, lasting one hour in length. Practices are either Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Participants cannot choose which night they practice but can indicate one night that they are unable to practice. Practices for cheerleaders are also once per week for one hour. 

If you have any questions check out the FAQ page or please contact Cindy Moresette at cindy@wchurch.tv

UPWARD VOLUNTEERS

Help participants succeed in flag football, basketball, cheerleading and life by volunteering! Volunteer coaches for Flag Football, Basketball or Cheer are needed to lead our Upward teams and cheer squads. Volunteer referees are also a vital part of the Upward experience.

Coaches – Flag football, Basketball and Cheer squads

What is required? Complete a coach application. Attend one coach training meeting. Lead one hour of practice each week for 9 or 10 weeks. Attend and coach a one hour game each week for 8 weeks. Attend the awards celebration at the end of the season. 

Your Role? Teach the game through drills. Teach the rules of the game. Instill sportsmanship with a competitive spirit. Upward provides complete training assistance, including practice plans and drills, to help you succeed!

How do I volunteer? Sign up to coach when you register your child online by clicking the “Register” button above. If not registering a child to participate, or you have already registered your child, please complete the coach/referee sign up form by clicking the box below. If you have questions about coaching, please contact Cindy Moresette at cindy@wchurch.tv

Referees

What is required? Have at least a casual understanding of the sport. Attend one referee training meeting. Spend 2 to 3 hours on game day refereeing games. 

Your Role?  A role model on the court, providing encouragement to the players. Control the game by making the necessary calls and enforcing the rules. 

How do I volunteer? Sign up to referee when you register your child online by clicking the "Register" button above. If not registering a child to participate, or you have already registered your child, please complete the coach/referee sign up form by clicking the box below.

High School Student - earn volunteer hours toward National Honors Society or your school's volunteer requirements! We'll sign the required logging forms.

Contact Cindy Moresette at cindy@wchurch.tv with any questions and for a referee application. 

UPWARD FAQs

What is Upward Sports?

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

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.

How and when did Upward Sports begin?

In 1986, while serving as a church recreation minister in Upstate S.C., Caz McCaslin developed a basketball league that incorporated athletic skills and values for success on and off the court. When the program outgrew the church’s gymnasium in 1994, McCaslin realized that his vision was to reach children beyond his local congregation with a first-class sports experience. As a result, he founded what is now known as Upward Sports.

How many Upward Sports Leagues exist and where are they located?

There are more than 5,000 Upward Sports Leagues and Camps in 48 U.S. states and Canada. Since 1995, partner churches have also conducted Upward Sports Programs in 67 countries while on mission trips. Find a youth sports league or camp near you now.

Who can participate in Upward Sports?

Each year some one million people around the world play, coach, referee or volunteer in Upward Sports Leagues and Camps specially designed for K through fifth-grade children. With more than 5,000 leagues and camps conducted by over 2,400 churches across the U.S. and Canada, children and volunteers of any faith or no faith are welcome to participate.

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 my child request a friend to be on his/her team?

Upward provides a unique system of evaluating players and drafting teams with the goal of having teams of equal skill.  To capitalize on this unique feature of Upward Sports, which helps provide a more competitive and fun experience through better balanced teams, we are not be able to honor requests for children to be on the same team with friends. 

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?

Please see the Coach and Referee information above for specifics regarding volunteering for these roles. Volunteers are also needed in a variety of other roles including the concession stand, score board, and as a prayer partner. Coaches and referees will need to complete a coaching application and submit to a background check (paid for by Westside).

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 Westside. We do not play teams from other leagues or organizations.

Questions?

Please contact Cindy Moresette at cindy@wchurch.tv.