Upward Sports

Welcome Upward Sports Fans!

Online registration will open August 2020.  Check back here and register before September 25 at the Early Bird discount rate.

What does each child get?

Basketball ($75)


Cheerleading ($75)

  • Free concessions after games
  • Reversible Mesh Game Jersey
  • Mesh Game Shorts
  • Upward T-shirt
  • Window Cling
  • End of the season award
  • Free concessions after games
  • Cheer Top
  • Cheer Skort
  • Cheer Mock Turtleneck
  • Hair Ribbon
  • Poms
  • Megaphone
  • Window Cling
  • End Of Season Award

Dates for the 2020/21 season

  • August 3Online Registration open
  • September 25:  Early Bird Registration Ends.  Registration increases $10 per participant if you register after September.  
  • September 30: Last Day to Register Online, but you can still register/pay in person at either of the Evaluation Nights.  
  • October 5 & 8: Evaluation Nights.  Players must come ONE of these nights.  K-3rd grade come between 5:00pm-6:30pm.  4th-6th grade come between 6:30pm-7:30pm.  
  • November 14 (all at 8am at Wake Chapel Gym)
    • Coach Orientation
    • Referee Clinic
    • Scorekeepers Tutorial
  • November 30-December 3: First week of practice.  Practices last one hour and are either on M, T, or Th.  They will begin at 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, or 7:30 pm.
  • December 5: Kindergarten Introduction Day (9:00 am at the gym)
  • December 21 – December 31: Christmas Break (no practice)
  • January 9: First Game Day
  • January 16:  Picture Day
  • February 27: Last Game
  • March 6: Make Up Game (only played if we cancel a previous game)
Upward Brochures may be picked up at these locations:
  • Wake Chapel Christian Church
  • Citgo Quick Lube (FV)
  • Johnson Optometric
  • Several local elementary schools
When asked about their past experience this is what young athletes had to say.
  • 37% wished no parents watched them play.
  • 41% indicated that they've awakened in the middle of the night worrying about a game.
  • 69% indicated that they prefer a coach that puts more priority on fun than winning.
  • 71% said it wouldn't matter if no score were kept in the game.
  • 74% said they had seen out of control parents at their game.
  • 75% have dropped out of organized sports by age 13.

Upward Sports leagues across the country have provided a solution to those problems listed above. Upward does a few things differently than your common sports league. They have designed a program that puts the emphasis on character, self-esteem, and Christ-likeness rather than trophies and awards. Every child gets equal time of play. The theme of Upward is Play with Purpose, and the Upward program embodies everything you’d want to accomplish in developing young athletes spiritually, mentally, athletically, and socially. Wake Chapel Christian Church is excited and honored to implement an Upward Basketball League (for boys & girls K-6) in our community.

How can I help?

You can be a team member of Upward by being a coach, assistant coach, score keeper, referee, prayer partner, halftime speaker, or some other valuable position. All you need is the interest, and there will be someone who can clearly explain your role and guide you through it. Contact Seth Carter or Rachel Dickens to learn more about how you can help.

Church phone number: (919) 552-4147 x204

E-mail: Seth Carter (Youth Pastor)