1. What is Upward Sports?

Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider and is focused on developing the total athlete and creating individuals with strong character, confidence and spirit. Basketball, at the recreational level for children in grades one to five, is the sport selected by North Langley Community Church through which to promote these purposes. For more information about Upward Sports visit their website. Upward Sports

2. How do I register my child?

The basketball league is open for girls and boys in grades one to five. Registration begins on January 2 online or in person at the NLCC Office. Registration will go through Upward's online platform, but payment will go through NLCC. Please visit our registration and payment page for more information. Registration

3. What is the cost?

Early registration cost is $125 per child until February 29, 2020. From March 1-7, the cost is $150, and the last day for registration is March 7. Registration includes a reversible jersey, t-shirt, and an end-of-season gift. 

4. How long is the league?

League practices will start the week of April 2, and the league will conclude with a Closing Celebration on Sunday, May 31. All participants will also need to attend a short evaluation/orientation on Saturday, February 29 OR March 7, at the NLCC Walnut Grove auditorium. (21015 96 Ave)

5. How much of a time commitment is this on a family?

The time commitment is approximately two hours each week. One hour for practice, and one hour for a game. The league will be played at Yorkson Creek Middle School (20686 84 Ave).

PRACTICES (Thursdays; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28):
  • Grades 1-2 | 6-7pm
  • Grades 3-5 | 7-8pm
GAMES (Saturdays; April 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 21, 30):
  • Grades 1-2 | 9am
  • Grades 3-5 | 10am
  • NO GAMES on Saturday, May 16 

6. How are teams formed?

Players are required to attend a brief, drop-in evaluation before the league starts. The dates and times for the evaluations can be found on the registration form. Teams will be formed AFTER evaluations have been completed. Children will be assigned to teams based on grade in school and the teams will be comprised of children with varying levels of skill.

We are unable to finalize teams until registration is complete and we know how many children are registered from each grade.

7. How will I know which day my child will practice?

Due to gym availability, the only practice day will be THURSDAYS. A coach will contact you after the evaluations and before practices start to provide you with information about your child's team. This should happen 1-2 weeks BEFORE the league starts on April 2. All practices will take place at Yorkson Creek Middle School (20686 84 Ave).

We are unable to finalize teams until registration is complete and we know how many children are registered from each grade.


8. How can I get involved?

Upward provides opportunities to become meaningfully involved in the program.
Volunteers are needed to:

a. pray for the program
b. coach a basketball team
c. referee basketball games
d. score and timekeep for basketball games
e. lead a halftime activity

Training is provided for all volunteers. Coaches are required to obtain a criminal record
check and adhere to NLCC's Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

Child Protection Policy Volunteer with Upward

9. Is the Upward Basketball League different than other basketball leagues?

Yes and no. It is the same in that basic basketball skills are taught. It may be different
in that:

  • Games are played only against other teams within the league.
  • The emphasis is not on winning but promoting character and self-esteem in every child.
  • The substitution system provides every child with the opportunity to be in the starting lineup, requires that no child sit out back-to-back periods, and allows every child to play at least half of the game.
  • Children will have the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ.
  • The league is not promoted as a developmental league, but rather one to teach basic basketball skills, particularly to those with little or no basketball experience.