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.

2018-19 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

Registration will open in late October.

Price is $95 per player which includes jersey, t-shirt, shorts, and an end of year award. After Nov. 9 price is $105pp. 


Everyone must attend one basketball evaluation or cheerleading orientation. They will take place in the First Baptist Forney Great Hall as follows:

  • Saturday, Oct. 24 between 10:00 and 11:30 am
  • Monday, Nov. 5 between 6:30 and 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 8 between 6:30 and 8:00 pm
  • Monday, Nov. 12 between 6:30 and 8:00 pm

Practices will be held in FISD elementary school gyms. Games will be held in FISD Middle School and High School gyms. Coaches will provide practices schedules once teams are set.

  • Practices begin the week of Dec. 10, 2018.  All teams will practice on Mon, Tues, or Thurs. of each week for 1hr (5th and 6th grade practice a hour and a half). Practices are held at FISD elementary schools.
  • Games begin mid January for an eight week season. The 5th and 6th graders will end the season with a tournament. Games will be played at Brown Middle School and North Forney High School.

Click here for Schedules 


February 2019.  Coach to provide time slot for your team:

Contact Information

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

If you are interested in coaching a team, 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.