Upward Soccer Leagues

Upward is an evangelistic sports ministry specifically designed for K through sixth grade boys and girls that promotes salvation, character, and self-esteem in every child.

League Schedule: Practices begin the week of March 2, 2009. First game is Saturday, March 28, 2009.

Registration is now open to join our Upward Soccer league at Parkside Baptist Church for children K5 through sixth grade. Early registration cost is $65.00 per child. After January 30 the cost is $80.00 per child. Deadline for registration is March 6. Everyone must attend evaluation. Our evaluation day will be on February 7 between 9:00 - 10:30 AM for last names beginning with A through M and from 11:00 - 12:30 for last names beginning with N through Z. Please come join us for this new fun and exciting ministry! Registration can be done at the church office, located at 301 N. Lillis Lane, Denison M-F 8-5, Sun 9-12. Scholarships are available.

If you are interested in helping as a volunteer please contact Tria Heaton or Connie Glenn at 903-465-1686.

To learn more about Upward, visit www.upward.org/parents

FAQ

How much of a time commitment is this on our family?
Typically, an Upward league begins with two to four weeks of one hour practices per week and is followed by eight weeks of games and practices. Therefore, the time commitment is two hours per week once games begin. With busy family schedules, this set up is ideal and we continue to hear that it works great for volunteers, participants and families.

In other sport leagues, my child did not get to play as much as other children. How is an Upward league different in that regard?
Upward has trained its church partners to implement a league that ensures all registered children will play. As coaches are trained on the Upward substitution system, they are given parameters for substituting players in and out of the game. The substitution system provides every child the opportunity to be in the starting lineup, requires no child to sit out back-to-back segments (possessions for flag football), and allows every child to play at least half of the game.

Key Dates

January 30 – Early registration ends. Cost is $65.00
February 4 – Kick off Prayer Meeting for 100 days of prayer
February 7 – Evaluation Day
February 23 – Upward training for referees and coaches
March 2 – Upward practice
March 6 – Deadline for registration. Cost is $80.00
March 7 – Upward practice
March 9 – Upward practice
March 16 – March 20 Spring break; no practice
March 28 – First game
April 18 – Picture day
May 16 – Last game and Upward celebration


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