Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

Registration is closed!

Thanks for considering First Baptist Church of Elyria and Upward Sports to help develop your young athlete Spiritually, Athletically, Mentally and Socially. We are excited to offer Upward Basketball and Cheerleading for the Summer of 2022. Below you will find information regarding the details of the league. If you have any additional questions, we are here to help and would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to contact us here or give us a call at 440.458.5128.

What is Upward?

Upward Basketball and Cheer is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Elyria that offers kids and families an opportunity to participate in an organized sports league in an atmosphere that is clean, safe and family friendly and where leaders and coaches are dedicated to helping develop young athletes spiritually, athletically, mentally and socially. Players and coaches will spend  time each week developing their athletic skills as well as time together in huddle time where students will be encouraged to grow in their relationship with God. Upward is more than the average sports league. We are excited to have you take part in Upward Sports here at First Baptist Church of Elyria!

How do I sign up?

Registration is closed for this summer, but we’d love to have you participate next year. Once you are registered, simply come to our Evaluation Night on Wednesday, June 8th between 6:45pm and 8:00pm. If you don’t want to register online, contact Julia Odle.

Who Can Play?

In order to deliver a first class experience, we are offering Upward Basketball and Cheerleading to athletes completing 2nd through 5th grade for the 2021-2022 school year. Boys and girls are welcome! We will also be offering a free program for children 3 years old through 1st grade on Wednesday evenings from 6:45pm to 8:15pm.

What is the cost?

Register by Wednesday, May 11th and pay just $55 per child for the season! If you register after May 11th, registration will be $60 per child for the season. We want as many kids to participate as possible. Those who need financial assistance may contact Julia Odle and check availability of scholarships.

Need a Ride?

Do you need a ride to and from practices and/or games? Contact Julia Odle and we will put you in contact with a family or individual who can make sure you get here!

League Schedule 

Practice – All practices will be held on Wednesday Evenings. The first practice is scheduled for June 22nd. There is no practice July  13th or 27th.

Games – All games will be held on Saturday mornings. Games will start as early as 9:00am and run until noon. All game play will be officiated and game day will include excitement for the whole family! The first game is scheduled for July 9th and the final game is August 13th. There will not be games on July 30th.

Wednesday, August 17th will be a special Awards celebration where we can recognize each athlete for their accomplishments this season.

A detailed practice and game schedule will be produced and available at the completion of league registration.

Evaluation Night

Each athlete will be required to attend Evaluation Night sometime between 6:45pm and 8:15pm on Wednesday, June 8th. Evaluation night is a unique evening where athletes will be introduced to our leaders and coaches, sized for game jerseys and uniforms, and participate in some basic drills. This assessment will allow us to evenly distribute talent among the teams and promote a competitive spirit. Parents will be able to meet our leadership team and ask any additional questions they might have about our church or league. If your athlete cannot attend Evaluation Night but would still like to participate in Upward, please let us know and we can evaluate your athlete at Open Gym.

Open Gym Night

On Wednesday, June 15th, we will have an open gym night where your athletes will meet our leadership team and get a chance to get to know one another. This will also serve as a secondary Evaluation Night for those who cannot make it on June 8th. Please let us know if your athlete will need to be evaluated during this evening.

Sponsor an Athlete

We are looking for individuals and families to sponsor an athlete! As an outreach ministry of First Baptist Church, we would love for as many children to participate as possible. You have the special opportunity to help us reach young athletes and their families with the gospel! Sponsor one or more athletes ($50 per child) by designating your gift with “Upward Sponsor” either online by clicking here or by giving  at one of our giving centers in the church foyer. Your entire gift will be used to allow young athletes to participate in Upward Sports at First Baptist Church of Elyria.

Need More Info?

If you are looking for more information or have specific needs or requests please do not hesitate to contact us. You may also call or email Julia Odle at 440.458.5128 and jodle@firstbaptistelyria.org

Registration is closed!