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Stoney Church 

Upward Block Party and Information Night!

Stoney Church

11711 26 Mile Road, Washington MI 48094

Registration:                                                                                             

Online Registration Only!  Our registration will open on a new day and time this year! Tuesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm and divisions fill up quickly!  Once a division closes, you can be placed on the waitlist during the registration process. To register go to the following link: https://registration.upward.org/UPW80558

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. 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. We can only guarantee a request for one practice night that your child cannot attend. No other requests can be guaranteed.

Tips when registering:

·         Confirm you register for the correct division (grade/gender). Kindergarten is co-ed. We cannot guarantee a spot if your player is registered incorrectly.

·         If you hope to coach, sign up while registering or email upward@stoney.church for more information.

·         Add all email addresses you would like on file as this is our primary method of communication.

·         Payment ($120) is due in full at registration.

·         The only request that can be guaranteed is one night that your child cannot practice.

·         Divisions fill up quickly!  Do not wait to register!

Important Dates once you are registered:

Mandatory Player Evaluations:

·         Kindergarten-4th Grade: A Sign-Up Genius link will be sent to you to sign your player up to be evaluated for approximately 20 minutes on one of the following days:  

·         September 29, 2021, from 5pm-8:00pm or October 20, 2021, from 5pm-8:00pm

·         5/6th Grade Girls: A Sign-Up Genius link will be sent to you to sign your player up to be evaluated on:

§  October 21, 2021, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm (Players will be here the entire time)

·         5/6th Grade Boys: A Sign-Up Genius link will be sent to you to sign your player up to be evaluated on:

§  October 21, 2021, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm (Players will be here the entire time)

Practices: Teams and practice days/ times are established by the end of November. Practices begin December 7th. Your child will practice for 1-hour per week on either Tuesday from 5pm-8pm, Wednesday from 5pm-9pm or Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. Our last week of practices will begin on March 17th.

Games: game schedules are established by the end of December and will be given out by coaches.  Games are on Saturdays beginning January 8, 2022 and ending March 19, 2022.

Mid-Winter Break: There will be no practices or games the week of February 21, 2022.

Upward Celebration: Our Upward Celebration will be held on March 20, 2022.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

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 Upward@stoney.church 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 Upward@stoney.church for more details!