Welcome to the 21st season of

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading!

 

Upward is an exciting league for boys and girls

 K thru 8th Grades

 

Separate divisions for boys and girls (K5 is co-ed)

Participants must be 5 years old by Nov. 15th

2020-21 Season info

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K to 4th Grade Basketball Player Registration
5th-8th Grade Basketball Player Registration
K-4th Basketball Coach Registration
5th-8th Basketball Coach Registration
Referee, Czar, Volunteer Registration
Photo Schedule
K-4th Grade Game Schedule
5th-8th Grade Game Schedule

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Evaluation Instructions!

Evaluation Times September 26, 2020

1st week of practice Nov 29, 2020 

Picture day canceled – 

Feb 13, 2021 (reg practices scheduled)

Last practice of the season for all divisions –

February 27, 2021

Awards Celebration – Sunday, February 28, 2021

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Basketball Info:

Upward Basketball at Oak Park continues to promote character and self-esteem in every child by providing a substitution system that promotes equal playing time for each player in the K5-4th grades and an evaluation process to help provide equal teams and equal opportunity for improvement.  When your child plays Upward Basketball, they will:

  • Sign up individually, not as a team. (buddy requests available for K5-4th grades)

  • Practice and play a game once each week.

  • Play at least half the game every game.

  • Learn new drills to improve your basketball skills.

  • Receive special recognition awards every game.

In the 5th-8th grade, division plays with modified Jr.NBA 3 V 3 rules. This is a more challenging division, however beginners are always welcome. 

Player Statistics are kept in Upper Division

  • Sign up individually, not as a team.

  • Practice and play a game once each week.

  • Learn new drills to improve your basketball skills.

  • Play half court during games with a running clock on dead balls.

  • Play with a modified version of the Jr.NBA rules for middle and high school.

 

All players get cool basketball gear:

  • Upward Basketball t-shirt

  • Upward Basketball jersey and shorts

  • Upward Basketball car magnet

  • End of season award

 

Practice Info:

Both bb and cheer practices run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.  Practice is at OPCC and runs from either 5-6pm, 6-7pm or 7-8pm. The younger children generally get the earlier practices. Specific practice times will be available mid-November.

 

Each child will practice once a week for about an hour.  Once games start, they will have one practice per week and one game on Saturdays "When Allowed". The number of Saturday games are not guaranteed. The practice schedule comes out mid-November.

K5-8th grade practices and games take place at Oak Park Christian Center: 2073 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, Ca., 

Frequently Asked Questions

BALL SIZES by GRADE:

K5-2nd girls and boys = 27.5″

3rd/4th girls and boys = 28.5″

5th-8th grade girls = 28.5″

5th-8th grade boys = 29.5″

HOOP HEIGHTS by GRADE:

        K5 =  7 ft. hoop 

 1st/2nd =  8 ft. hoop

 3rd/4th  =  9 ft. hoop

 5th-8th  = 10 ft. hoop

2020-21 Jersey Colors

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SOME OF THE FUN THINGS WE DO THAT SET US APART FROM OTHER LEAGUES

THEME DAYS

  • Crazy Hair Day

  • Crazy Sock Day

  • Military/1st Responder Appreciation Day

  • Team Intro's with a Loved One

  • Teacher Appreciation Day

  • Coach Appreciation Day

  • Team Spirit Day

CHARACTER BUILDING

Along with learning the game of basketball, character building is a huge part of our program!  

 

Every practice, players will get a lesson in values such as self-control, kindness, caring, persevering, initiative, individuality, etc.

 

We keep the practices and games fun and positive.  

 

We encourage the Circle of Affirmation, which is...if the parents show respect for the referees and the coaches, the kids will do the same. 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

UPWARD NIGHT AT THE WARRIORS

Stay tuned for upcoming dates and events for Upward Night at the Warriors!  Join us for the High-Five Fan Tunnel or Anthem Buddies events and watch the Golden State Warriors take on the NBA!  Dates to come soon

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