Christ United Methodist Church - Plano, Texas
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Loving God, Serving Others ... Transforming Lives




Welcome to the 2014-15 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading League

including the 7th and 8th Grade Leagues

"Welcome to Upward Basketball & Cheerleading, where every child is a winner. Upward leagues redefine the word winner. Today's sports culture has created a winners vs. losers mentality. However, Upward Basketball and Cheer leading believe that every child is a winner because we define winning as learning and/or teaching lessons in the game of life."
(taken from the parent brochure)   

Game Schedules for 2015!


*Registration and Fees for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading: 

Early registration price of $120 good between October 1st and November 10th. 
Starting November 11th price goes up to $150.  
**For 7th-9th grade the early bird is $75 and after November 10th it's $85!  
**If you volunteer to be a head coach for basketball or cheerleading, you will receive an additional discount of $15 for one of your registered children!  See below for the paperwork and more information. 

Click here to register for Upward Coaching/Refereeing (register to be a head coach before registering your child in order to get discount)
Click here to register for Upward Basketball

Click here to register for Upward Cheerleading 
Additionally, we need your prayers!  It is my goal to have at least 100 people specifically praying for our league this year! We will give you specific items to pray for in an email!  So, won't you sign up to receive a 'once-a-week' email to remind you to pray?!  Easy!  Say YES and sign up today!  

Registration includes:

  • Cheerleaders: all games and practices, cheer top, cheer skort, pom-poms, megaphone, hair ribbon, parent's guide, car magnet, scripture card holder, scriptures CD and end-of-season award! 
  • Basketball players:  all games and practices, reversible jersey and shorts, t-shirt, parent's guide, car magnet, scriptures CD, scripture learning card holder, reversible shorts and end-of-season award! 
*Registration for 7th and 8th Grade Boys and 7th and 8th Grade Girls: 
This basketball league is not affiliated with Upward Sports and will be playing regular middle school rules. Practices are one night a week in the evenings. All games will be played on Saturday evenings.
Cost:$75.00 includes a reversible jersey.
**Special note: Refunds are not available after the first day of practice. Cancellations made prior to the start of the season...Payments made by credit card will be refunded minus applicable fees, which is 4%.

Evaluations and Orientations

Important:  All players must attend one basketball evaluation. Cheerleaders are welcome to attend to try on uniform sizes. All evaluations take place at the Christian Life Center (CLC), the southern-most building on campus.
Friday, November 7th from 5:30-7:00pm
Saturday, November 8th from Noon to 1:30pm
There is no need to register for the evaluation times.  Just be sure to show up for Friday or Saturday!  
Important Dates/Information:
Coach's Meeting on Thursday, November 13th from 6:30 to 8:00pm
Practices begin the week of Monday, November 17th (no practice Thanksgiving week, plus the week of 12/29 due to the holidays and 12/24 - 1/4)
Practices resume the week of Monday, January 5th
Games begin the weekend of January 9th and 10th and run through the weekend of February 27-28
Picture Day: Friday and Saturday, February 6 & 7
Upward Sunday is February 22nd
End of Season Celebration Saturday, February 28th

Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is open to children in Kindergarten - 6th grade.

League breakdown is as follows:
  • COED Kindergarten (must be 5 years old by September 1st)
  • 1st & 2nd Boys
  • 1st & 2nd Girls
  • 3rd & 4th Boys
  • 3rd & 4th Girls
  • 5th & 6th Boys
  • 5th & 6th Girls

All practices and games will be held at the CLC. 5th & 6th grade leagues will play on Friday night (and Saturday as needed). All other grade level leagues will play on Saturdays.

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading official sites:

For Upward Cheerleading Coaching information, click here.

For Upward Basketball Coaching information, click here.

For Upward Referreeing information, click here.

 CUMC sites for Coaches/Referrees:click on each link to open 


Background Check

Code of Ethics and Standards

Child Protection Policies (review only, do not print)

Referee Information

Visit to learn how Upward is different from any other sports league. 



Coaches and Players Clinics

Attention all registered players and coaches…


Upward Basketball is once again offering two free clinics taught by the Texas Legends staff.



Date:  Saturday,  Dec 6th

Time:  Coaches Clinic    9 - 10:00 am

            Players Clinic     10:15 am-12:15 pm

Venue: CLC Gym


Coaches will get great tips and new ideas on how to teach and motivate the players.

Players will learn drills and skills in a fun setting.


All coaches and players registered for the 2014-15 Upward season (boys and girls grades K-6) are welcome.

No registration necessary…just show up!!



Upward Awards Night - Saturday, February 28th

This year we have once again partnered with the Texas Legends to provide our awards night celebration.  The event will be held at the Dr Pepper Star Center in Frisco, TX prior to a Texas Legends game.  There will be a private pre-game court time for all of our Upward participants.  The event will also include access to the Kids Zone for carnival type games.  More details to come!