Christ United Methodist Church - Plano, Texas
Monday, September 01, 2014
Loving God, Serving Others ... Transforming Lives




Welcome to the 2013-14 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading League

including the 7th and 8th Grade League

"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 Cheerleading 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 2014!

5th & 6th Grade Girls -- all games are on Saturdays at 5:30pm

Registration Fees for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading:

**New this year for our 5th and 6th graders! We will be playing regular middle school rules! Yay! The children will learn zone defense and full and 1/2 court press and experience regular substitution and quarters! It's a positive change in response to what you've told us!!!
Early registration begins on October 1st.  Early registration price of $95 good through November 11th. 
Starting November 12th price goes up to $115. 
**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 

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! 
For 7th and 8th Grade Boys: 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:$50.00 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 8th from 6 to 7:30pm
Saturday, November 9th from 10 to 11:30am
Monday, November 11th from 6 to 7:30pm
There is no need to register for the evaluation times.  Just be sure to show up for Friday or Saturday or Monday! 
Important Dates/Information:
Coach's Meeting on Monday, November 25th from 6:30 to 8pm
Practices begin the week of Monday, December 2nd (no practice the week of 12/23 and 12/30 due to the holidays)
Practices resume the week of Monday, January 6th
Games begin the weekend of January 10th and 11th and run through the weekend of February 28th/March 1st
Picture Day: Friday and Saturday, February 7 & 8
Upward Sunday is February 23rd
End of Season Celebration Saturday, March 1

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. 

Upward Awards Night - Saturday, March 1

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!