Upward Sports

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Our flag football season has started!  Remember, we practice and play on rainy days, so please make sure your kiddos are appropriately dressed for the weather.  If you have questions, contact Michele Moody.

Download a game day schedule here.

This season’s calendar: 

  • April 5 & April 12, Saturday practices
  • Week of April 7, Regular Weekday Practices Start
  • April 26, Game Day No. 1 & Upward 10th Anniversary Celebration
  • May 3, Game Day No. 2 & Picture Day
  • May 10, Game Day No. 3
  • May 17, Game Day No. 4
  • No Games May 24 & No Practice May 26 Due to Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 31, Game Day No. 5
  • June 7, Game Day No. 6
  • June 14, Game Day Nos. 7 & 8, End of Season Tailgate Celebration

Flag football runs from April to June each year. Registration for next year’s flag football season will start in February 2015. Contact Michele Moody for more information.

Our kids basketball programs teach kids basketball fundamentals in a fun environment that emphasizes sportsmanship, self-esteem and healthy competition.

Families are busier than ever, so our family-friendly schedule – one-hour games and one-hour practices each week – is designed with you in mind! Each child will have the chance to learn basketball skills and basics from positive and fun coaches.

Basketball runs from January to March each year. Registration for our next season of basketball starts in October 2014. More information will be released closer to that date.

Soccer

Upward Sports’ kids soccer programs provide a positive sports experience for the whole family. With our family-friendly schedule of one-hour practices and one-hour games each week, your busy family will be able to participate in this fun sports program!

No matter the level of soccer experience, your child will learn soccer skills from positive coaches who don’t yell at your child. Coaches also focus on teaching sportsmanship, self-esteem and other values that encourage your child in soccer and in life.

Soccer runs from August to October each year. We’ll begin enrollment for the 2014 season in the summer! More information will be released closer to that date.

CONTACT:
Michele Moody
Upward League Coordinator
816-781-5959
mmoody@pleasantvalley.org

Paul Howland
Upward Recreational Coordinator
816-781-5959
phowland@pleasantvalley.org

Be a Winning Parent!

As a parent, you play a very important role in building the self-esteem and character of your child and every child in this league. Players look to their parents, coaches, and referees as models for sportsmanship, respect for authority, and positive attitudes. By being a positive participant in this league, you can provide a lasting effect in these children that will live well beyond the end of the season.

What you can do to ensure a meaningful experience for your child:

Make sure your child arrives on time to practices and games. After each practice, ask your child about the practice devotion and Scripture that was shared with him/her. Look for positive actions during practices and games that you can praise your child for. During practices and games, support the coach by allowing him or her to give any instruction or feedback to the team. Directions from multiple sources can cause confusion to the players. Cheer for both teams. By doing this, you help to create an environment in which every child is supported. Support the volunteer referee with positive comments only. They are giving their time to your child. After the game, join your child’s team and cheer for each player as game-day stars are distributed.

Coach-Playbook

Coach-Training-Guide

RefBook

If you are interesting in helping as a coach and/or referee, we will need all of the following prior to the first practice.

Application to work with children and youth

Photocopy of your driver’s license (used for background check)

You may also download a copy of our Childcare Worker Protection Manual for your information.

Mission Statement:

To introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports.

Values: 

The Expectation of God-Moments

We believe that God is at work all around us.

Ephesians 2:10

Galatians 2:20 

Colossians 3:17

Matthew 18:14

For more information about the Upward organization, visit their website at www.upward.org

Star awards are given to every participant at the end of each practice and game for the purpose of encouraging and building self-esteem of each child. Instead of the outcome of the game, the focus is shifted to the attitudes and efforts of each child on the team or squad. This should be a time of excitement. Parents should be encouraged to cheer for participants as each star is presented. Stars come in the colors listed below.

Basketball, Soccer,and Flag Football
The white star stands for Christlikeness
The blue star stands for best effort
The gold star stands for best sportsmanship
The gray star stands for best offense
The red star stands for best defense
The green star stands for Scripture learning
The orange star stands for best leadership (flag football only)

Upward Star distribution form

myUpward.org   TeamUpward.com   Upward.org 

LOCATION INFORMATION

  • PV–Liberty

1600 North 291 Highway (I-35 & 291)
Liberty, MO 64068
816.781.5959