Upward Basketball & Cheer

Basketball continues to be America’s most popular team sport having nearly 40 million players nationwide.

  • More than 7.5 million 6-11 year olds participate in basketball nationally
  • Cheerleading continues to grow at nearly a 50% rate each year nationally
  • Nearly 3.6 million students participate in cheerleading annually
  • 1.4 million cheerleaders are in the 6 to 11 year old age group

*source: 2004 Sports Participation in America Report, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association

Upward Basketball and Upward Cheerleading offer a break from the norm. The primary focus of Upward is to develop the Winner in EVERY child, not just a few.

2020-21 Season

We offer separate leagues for boys and girls in Kindergarten through Grade 6 (except kindergarten which is co-ed).

Leagues are divided as follows:

  • Kindergarten (Coed)
  • 1st & 2nd Grade Girls
  • 1st & 2nd Grade Boys
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Girls
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Boys
  • 5th & 6th Grade Girls
  • 5th & 6th Grade Boys

Every player and cheerleader must be registered ONLINE before attending evaluations.  No new registrations will be accepted at evaluations.

Price is $95 per player which includes jersey, t-shirt, shorts, and an end of year award. After Nov. 10 price is $105pp. 

Due to Covid-19 and limited gym space, we have had to restrict how many players we can allow in Upward Basketball.  We based our maximum numbers for each division on the numbers we had in last year’s league.   When an age group is full, you will be directed to put your name on a waiting list and you will be contacted if a spot becomes available.  Thank you. 


Every player and cheerleader must attend one evaluation/sizing to be placed on a team. Your registration is not complete until the player or cheerleader has completed an evaluation/sizing. They will take place in the First Baptist Forney Sports & Fitness Center as follows:

  • Now closed: 2021-22 Dates TBA

Practices will begin in December.  Coaches will provide practices schedules once teams are set.

Games will be played at First Baptist Forney. 


TBA.  Coach will provide details for your team.

Contact Information

For information specific to your team, contact your child's head coach (once assigned).

If you are interested in assisting a team or volunteering to referee, please contact Greg below.


For more information regarding the league or First Baptist, contact Greg Childress, Sports and Recreation Minister at or call 972.564.3357.