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.

2019-20 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

NEW: 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. 9 price is $105pp.  Due to large numbers and limited space, leagues may fill up! Don’t wait until the last minute because certain age groups may be full.  

Deadline to Register is Nov. 16 at 11:15 a.m.

Click here to Register & Pay


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:

  • Monday, Nov. 4 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Practices will be held in FISD elementary school gyms. Games will be held at FB Sports Center gyms. Coaches will provide practices schedules once teams are set.

  • Practices begin the week of Dec. 9, 2019.  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 Jan. 11 for an eight week season. Most games are held on Saturdays; however 5th and 6th grade boys and girls will have some Friday night games on some weeks.
  • The 5th and 6th graders will end the season with a tournament.
  • Games will be played at First Baptist Forney.

Schedules coming soon.


March 2, 2020.  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.