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Upward Basketball

PCC’s Upward Basketball is a K – 4th grade league that is committed to developing basketball skills, building character through Biblical principles and growing in community in a fun and safe environment.

General Information

Below is our 2017 Game Schedule for our Upward Families:

Click here:  Game Schedule by Teams

(All schedules for 2017 season – scroll to find your age group and team.  If you have any questions please ask your coach or email Meredith and Dawn at [email protected])

Upward Picture Day is January 28th – Schedule coming soon!

2017   Season: Runs January 8th – March 18th

Our season runs January through March with sign-ups in October. The success of Upward hinges on our partnership with parents. Parents are key in supporting teams as coaches, assistant coaches, parent referees, and team parents.

League: Kindergarten – 4th grade; Kinder is co-ed, 1st & 2nd and 3rd & 4th are grouped by gender.
Season: Runs January 8 – March 18, 2017

Practices and Games: 1st – 4th graders practice one hour for one night a week Sunday – Friday with one hour games on Saturdays. Kindergarteners have a combined 1/2 practice and 1/2 game on Saturdays for one hour total. All practices and games will take place in our PCC gym located at 3623 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City.
Questions?: Email [email protected]

 

2016 - 2017 Upward League Information & Game Schedule

OCTOBER
1st – 31st – Online Registration

NOVEMBER
14 – Player  Evaluation (GYM/301/HALL) – 6:00 – 7:30pm
17 – Player Evaluation (GYM/301/HALL) – 3:30 – 5:00pm

JANUARY
8 – 13th – First week of Upward practice for 1st – 4th grade
14 – Kinder Kickoff (GYM) – 9:30 – 10:30am – Kindergarten teams ONLY
21 – Game 1
28 – Game 2 + Picture Day

FEBRUARY
4 – Game 3
11 – Game 4
18 – NO GAME
25 – Game 5

MARCH
4 – Game 6
11 – Game 7
18 – Game 8 (Last game)
20 – Award Night 6:30pm-8:00pm

 

What is Upward Basketball?
Upward Basketball has been a sports league of PCC for over 14 years. Kindergarteners – 4th graders are welcome. The purpose of Upward is to introduce people to the love of Jesus by building basketball skills, character and community. We value a fun and safe learning environment for kids and their families. Parents are also involved as coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, and referees.

Are scholarships available? 
Yes, we have a limited number of scholarships available. Here is a link to our Scholarship Application. Scholarship application deadline is October 31.

What are the expectations of parents in Upward?
Parents are expected to support their team as coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, and referees.

Is there a need for referees?
Yes. We have been making an effort to continue to improve the quality of refereeing while giving parents freedom to be involved at this level. Last year we hired trained referees and supplemented with parent volunteers. This year we will hire half of our referees and each team will be expected to provide one parent referee per game.

Coaches – Commit with another parent to coach your team. You will be provided with a coach playbook and training to walk you through both practices and games. Your commitment is one 50 minute practice each week, coaching a game on the weekend (8 total games) and being intentional to create a positive experience for your players as well as connect with families.  If you coach you will be given first priority to your practice day request.

Referee – Each team will need at least one referee. We recommend having 2 parent volunteers who can take turns.  You’ll attend training prior to the season in January to review rules, game guidelines and process.

Team Parent – Support your coach by helping with team communications, connecting with other families on your team and creating a snack schedule.

Who do I talk to if I have a problem or question on game day?
A game commissioner will be available on the court all day on every game day. The game commissioner will open each game in prayer, manage the referees, and field any questions.

What are Evaluations?
The purpose of evaluations are to create teams that are equal in strength. Players are sized for uniforms and asked to do a number of drills to assess skill level. It’s a fun time for your child to get on the court before the season starts. This year’s evaluations will only be done for new players. End of year evaluations from last season will be used for all returning players.

When and how long are practices?
Practices are once/week (M-F & Sun.) for 50 minutes. When you register you choose ONE night your child cannot practice. New this year: Sunday practices at 1 and 6pm. We will place your child on a team that does not practice on your requested day.
EXCEPTION – Kindergarteners do not have weekly practices, rather a half hour practice followed by a half hour game on Saturdays.

Where are practices?
All practices are located at the Peninsula Community Center gymnasium (3623 Jefferson Ave.)  Parking for Upward families is at the Peninsula Covenant Church lot and can be accessed at 3650 Farm Hill Blvd.

When will I find out what team my player is on?
Your player’s coach will contact you by December 19th, 2016 to let you know when your first team meeting will be as well as your player’s practice time and day.

When and where are games?
Games are played on Saturdays. Kindergarteners thru 2nd grade play half court. Third and fourth graders play full court. The first game generally begins at 8:30 am (kinders play on this first and second hour) on Saturday and the last game is played at 6:30pm depending on the amount of registrations received. Games are scheduled with younger teams playing first followed by older teams. Game schedules will be emailed to you and online no later than January 6th, 2017.

What is the format for practices & games?
At practices coaches have a warm up time, a focused time of drills, and a 5-minute devotion where coaches help the team get to know each other, talk about teamwork and have a weekly Bible verse they can memorize.
At both practices and games, players can earn stars (that iron on to uniforms) for exhibiting good character and skills on the court. At the half time of each game a half time talk is given based on Biblical principles and developing character. A gift card for ice cream or small prize is awarded to a player who can share the weekly verse by memory.

Can my player be on a team with his/her friends?
We do not accommodate “friend requests”. However, you may request one friend/carpool link when you register (we cannot grant ALL of these requests). The purpose of Upward is for players to have equal playing time in a fun, safe and non-competitive league. For this reason we do not purposefully place players together based on friendships. Although your player may end up on the same team as a friend, we don’t hand pick teams because we encourage your players to make friends with new teammates and base our team selections on player evaluations.

Where should I park when my bringing my player to practice and games:
Parking for Upward families can be accessed at the 3650 Farm Hill Blvd Church entrance.  We reserve the Community Center parking lot for our Community Center members.

Am I as a parent expected to attend the practices & games?
Parents need to sign in/out their child for practices for safety and liability reasons. Siblings cannot be left at practices or games unattended. Out of courtesy to members of the Center and other programs, we ask that you stay in the gym area.

When will my player receive his/her uniform?
All players will receive their uniform during the first or second practice from their coach. With the registration fee, each player receives a jersey and t-shirt. If you wish to purchase shorts, they are optional and an additional $16. Players are sized for their uniforms at evaluations. No reorders will be made for uniforms.

When and what is Award Night?
Award night is Monday, March 20th, 2017, 6:30 – 8pm. This is an opportunity for families to celebrate the end of the Upward Basketball season, and every player will receive an end of year award.

What is the Cancellation/Refund Policy?
Prior to November 14th, 100% refund will be given, less a $5 processing fee, with email request to [email protected]
After November 14th, 80% refund will be given with email request to [email protected]
After December 1st, no refunds will be issued.
We will issue you a check through our accounting department which will be mailed to you.

How can I get more information?
Email (for quickest response): [email protected]