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Stoney Church 

Upward Block Party and Information Night!



Promoting the Discovery of JESUS through the platform of BASKETBALL.

MISSION: To create repeated opportunities for everyone involved to see, hear, and respond to God’s love for them.



Greetings Upward Families,

We want to welcome you to what we know is going to be another great year of Upward Basketball!  We are very excited that your child(ren) will have the opportunity to grow and develop this year in so many ways.  We count it an honor and privilege, considering it pure joy to work with your children as we strive to serve the families of our community through the platform of the game of basketball.  Upward Basketball is a ministry of Stoney Church before it is ever just another basketball league.  Stoney Church wants your child’s experience with Upward Basketball to be exciting, memorable, rewarding, and potentially life-changing.



The Expectation of God Moments 

-We believe that God is at work all around us.  We want to become increasingly aware of His desire to connect with us.

The Life of Integrity

-We believe that how we live is more important than what we say.

The Opportunity to Serve

-We believe that it is a privilege to serve others.

The Discipline of Excellence

-We believe in serving that exceeds expectations.

The Priority of Children

-We believe that every child is a winner.



Mandatory Player Evaluations: it is crucial that your child be evaluated, so they must attend one of their listed evaluation dates.  This helps us to create a competitive balance and the best possible experience for your child.

·        Kindergarten- 4th Grade:              Wednesday September 29, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

                                                                          (See email for links for SignUp Genius)


                                                                    Wednesday October 20, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

                                                                          (See email for links for SignUp Genius)


·        5th-6th Grade:

                                                             o     Girls: Thursday October 21, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

                                                             o     Boys: Wednesday October 21, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

                                                                         (See email for links for SignUp Genius)


Mandatory Coaches Training: Thursday November 18th 7:00pm or Saturday, November 20th, 9:00am

Practices Begin: Week of December 7th, 2021 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. (Team info and practice day/time will be sent out by the end of November.                                                                           Please remember, as we form our teams, we cannot guarantee any friend or coach requests.  Once the teams are formed, we will not be able to                                                                       make changes.)

Christmas Break: No practices the week of December 27, 2021

Games Begin: January 8, 2022 (Game day schedules will be sent out before Christmas)

Team Photos: Week of January 17th, 2022 (During practice)

Upward Family Glow Night: Friday, January 21st, 2022 at 6:30pm

Mid Winter Break: No practices the week of February 21st, 2022. (No game February 26th)

Last Game Weekend: March 19, 2022

Upward Celebration: March 20, 2022


Registration and Refund Policy: We want to take the time to clearly state our plan is to have our league be as close to “normal” this season to the best of our ability with what we know currently. Please be flexible and patient as things may change throughout the season due to the circumstances with COVID-19.  Full payment is due upon registration. After November 1st, refunds will become challenging and cannot be guaranteed.


Communication: Once again this year, we will be communicating as much as possible through email.  Please make sure you have given us an email address that is working and that you check on a regular basis. If you are having trouble receiving emails, please check your spam folder first, and then contact to confirm your email address. If you do not have access to email, please let us know so that we can arrange an alternative to get you the information that you will need. YOU WILL BE RECEIVING YOUR PRACTICE AND GAME SCHEDULES BY EMAIL. Make sure you enter all email addresses you would like on file as we use email frequently to communicate throughout the season. Please add all parents/guardians.


Volunteers: Volunteers are always needed.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you would like to help coach, ref, game day set up, concessions or game day clean up.  We’d be happy to have you! Email to register as a volunteer.


Inclement Weather:


·         For practice nights, if Utica Community Schools are closed, we WILL NOT (no exceptions) have practice.

·         For game day cancellations, this page will have the lateset information or visit our Facebook page at Stoney Upward.  (Your coaches will also do their best to contact you as well in the event of a cancellation.)


Jewelry policy: Please note our jewelry policy remains the same for games and practices. To protect your child and those around from injury, players are not allowed to wear jewelry, hard casts, wrist bands, or plastic/metal hair clips/barrettes/bobby pins during practices or games.  Elastic head bands or pony tail holders are permissible for keeping hair back.  This is consistent with National Federation of State High School Rules, which is what the Upward Basketball programs adheres to.



Lastly, if you do not have a church home, you are invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:00am or 11am.  There are programs for all ages, or you can choose to worship together as a family.  We just want you to know that you are always welcome at Stoney.  For more information, or events coming up at Stoney Church, please visit


Thank you,


The Upward Leadership Team



Q: How do I know what size uniform to order my player?

A: Select a size at registration knowing that you will have the opportunity to try on the jersey at our mandatory evaluations.

Q: What does our registration fee cover?

A: In addition to your practice and games, the fee covers the jersey, shorts, and t-shirt for your player, along with iron on game day stars, our family fun nights, the upward celebration, and a gift.

Q: My child has never played basketball before. Is this the appropriate league?

A: Yes! Upward Basketball is tailored to children of all levels of skill and experience. 

Q: What does it mean when it says this league is a ministry first?

A: Upward uses the power of sports to share the Gospel and promote the discovery of Jesus in every community by engaging the whole athlete- mind, body, and soul. There will be coach led devotions during practice and half-time devotions on game days.  Each child will receive virtue cards each week that are discussed during practice.

Q: What is the appropriate basketball size for my player?

A: Kindergarten -2nd grade is size 27.5 and 3rd-6th grade is size 28.5.

Q: What is the height of the basketball hoop for my player?

A: Kindergarten -2nd is 8ft, 3rd-4th is 9ft and 5th - 6th is 10 feet.

Q: What time will my child play on game day?

A: Game days typically begins at 8am with the younger grade levels and continues through the day ending with 5th and 6th grade boys around 5pm.

Q: Can I put in a request for my child to play with a friend or a specific coach?

A: Friend and coach requests cannot be guaranteed.  The league’s priority is to create competitively balanced teams to create the best experience for all players. This is a great league to make new friends and work with a variety of coaches!

Q: What are the colors this year for uniforms?

A: The Upward Website is showing we are Red and Blue this year!

Q: Am I qualified to be a coach?

A: This is a ministry first that requires the love for Jesus and the ability to work with kids!  You will be given all the support you need whether you have ever coached basketball before or not. Email if you are interested in coaching.

Q: How do I volunteer?

A: We would love for you to join in on the fun of Upward at Stoney Church. There are many roles available for you to serve in!  This is a volunteer run league and we need you!  This is also a great opportunity for teens that need Service Hours!  You can volunteer once or as many times as you would like throughout the season.  Volunteer opportunities include the Snack Shop, Referee, Scorekeeper, Greeters, Tear down, set – up, and event planning!  Please email for more details!