Welcome to Upward Basketball & Cheerleading where every child is a winner.
The Upward Basketball & Cheerleading League is for K-4th grade boys/girls.
March 2 is End of Year Celebration and Team Party Day
Registration for 2013 Upward Basketball Camp on June 17-21 begins March 1.
Click here for more info.
Registration for 2014 Basketball/Cheer Season will begin September 16, 2013
What is Upward Basketball?
- A league where every child plays
- Every child learns
- Every child is a winner
Upward promotes character and self-esteem in every child by:
Providing an evaluation system that promotes equal teams and opportunities.
Establishing a one-hour practice and game each week.
Implementing a substitution system for each team, allowing every child equal playing time.
Creating the opportunity for every child to learn the skills of the game.
Today's sports culture has created a "win at all cost" mentality. Upward defines winning as learning and/or teaching lessons in the game of life. The emphasis is placed on having fun and good sportsmanship. When your child plays Upward Basketball, he/she will be able to:
||- Practice and play a game every week|
|- Get equal playing time|
|- Learn techniques to improve his/her basketball skills|
|- Receive special recognition awards after every game
|- Develop new friendships
Along with this unique sports experience, your child will receive the following:
|- Basketball T-shirt|
|- Upward shorts & jersey
| -Team Photo
| -Upward magnet, Big Story DVD, Parent Guide
|- End-of-Season award
What is Upward Cheerleading?
Upward Cheerleading teaches the fundamentals of cheerleading by focusing on strong skill development and provides a safe, fun and affirming experience. Learn chants, motions, jumps, cheers and pom routines while making new friends! Upward Cheerleading squads are determined by age. Squads rotate the teams they cheer for throughout the season. Cheers encourage all players.
There will be one Saturday morning clinic on January 5, 2013 from 9:00 am - Noon offered to help the children learn the cheers, chants, etc. before the squads cheer at their first game. All cheerleaders are encouraged to attend the clinic. Upward practice promises to be a place where you will learn, cheer and have a lot of FUN!
Each cheerleader will receive:
- cheer top and turtleneck
- cheer skort
- hair ribbon
- Upward magnet, Big Story DVD, Parent Guide
- End-of-Season Award
Coaching & Refereeing
Each year we are fortunate to have our parents step up to volunteer to coach and referee. To coach or referee please indicate so in your online account, when you register your child. We select our coaches from those who attend the coach training, and those who have prior Upward experience. We start assigning coaches during coach training. You do not have to be an expert to coach basketball or cheer but you do have to be willing to coach the Upward way. All coaches over the age of 18 have to complete a Background check form.
Each coach/referee must fill out an application. Click here for Coach/Referee Application which will be available on October 12. Applications will also be available during Evaluations and during Coach and Referee Training on Nov 3 and 10 from 8-10 a.m.
Basketball & Cheerleading Schedule 2013
September 17: On-time player registration opens
October 10: On-time player registration ends
October 11: Late player registration opens
November 5: Online Registration closed
October 15: Upward Evaluations, 1st & 2nd Grade Boys, Kindergarten, Cheer: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
(Kindergarten and Cheer come for sizing only. Kindergarten and Cheer will have a different entrance into building and may park in North Parking Lot . Please follow signs.) Siblings may come together on either night.
October 16: Upward Evaluations: 1st & 2nd Grade Girls, 3rd & 4th Grade Boys & Girls, Kindergarten, Cheer: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
(Kindergarten and Cheer come for sizing only. Kindergarten and Cheer will have a different entrance into building and may park in North Parking Lot. Please follow signs.) Siblings may come together on either night.
October 27: Upward Evaluations: 9:00am - 11:00am: All Grades
(Kindergarten and Cheer come for sizing only. Everyone will use same entrance.)
November 3: Basketball Coach and Referee Training: 8:00-10:00 am
November 10: Basketball Coach and Referee Training: 8:00-10:00 am
December 13: Team Roster & Schedule Released
January 5: Saturday First Upward Practice (same time as first game)
January 5: Cheer Clinic 9-Noon in LCC Fellowship Hall
January 7 & 8: First Monday & Tuesday practice
January 12, 2013: Saturday First Game
February 2: Picture Day
March 2, 2013: Last Game & End of Year Team Celebration and Recognition
March 9, 2013: Make-up Game if needed
All basketball games and practices are held at Leesburg Community Church, in the gym.
The Kindergarten Division practices and plays on Saturdays. Practices for 1st - 4th grade are Monday or Tuesday, one day a week, with games on Saturdays.
Upward Registration Fee
$130 per child
There are family discounts for multiple kids in the program. $20 off for second child.
$160 per child (late registration begins October 11)
Scholarships are available. Please contact us for more information on our Upward Scholarship program.
The last day to receive a full refund is November 15, 2012. After November 15 you will recieve a refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee. After December 6, 2012 there is no refund. All cancellations must be made by email, with your name, player's name and division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basketball/Cheer Time Commitment
The Kindergarten Basketball Division practices and plays on Saturdays (1 hour time commitment per week). 1st - 4th grades practice one day a week (on Mondays or Tuesdays), with one game on Saturdays.
All Cheerleaders practice on Monday nights with a game on Saturday.
Teams are scheduled to play eight games during the season. All games occur at Leesburg Community Church gym. The typical schedule for a Saturday game is as follows
8-10 a.m. Kindergarten games
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 1st & 2nd grade Boys games
3-4 p.m. 1st & 2nd grade Girls games
4-5 p.m. 3rd & 4th grade Girls games
5-7 p.m. 3rd & 4th grade Boys games
Inclement Weather Policy
We typically follow the Loudoun County Parks and Rec when it comes to cancellations. As soon as a decision is made, we will post it online and send an email to our parents & coaches. Please be careful and if the road conditions are dangerous, don't chance it.
We also use RainedOut line which is a link you can sign up for and we will text you in case of practice or game cancellation. To sign up to receive RainedOut text alerts from Leesburg Community Church, text LCCUPWARD to 84483. People need to sign up for RainedOut text alerts each year if you want to receive the text alerts.
For more information:
The best way to contact us is by email:
Upward 2013 Leadership TeamLisa Moen: Co-Director Upward League
Pamela Rivera: Co-Director Upward League and Cheer Commissioner
Shelley Kappauf : Family Ministries Associate and Upward Registration Director
Jo Anna Rich: Pastor of Family Ministries at LCC
Megan Woodford: Cheer Coach
Kayli Rivera and Tyler Moen: Upward Assistants
Anna Rich and Sylvia Kappauf: Upward Store 2 -7 pm Attendants
MOPS: Manages Concessions from 8 am - 2 pm.
Church Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Leesburg Community Church
835 Lee Avenue
Leesburg, VA 20175
Central Loudoun Basketball League (CLBL) website offers an extensive list of basketball leagues in the area. CLBL is for boys and girls grades 3-12 that reside in the Heritage, Loudoun County & Tuscarora.