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Upward Basketball

PCC’s Upward Basketball is a K – 3rd grade introductory basketball league that is committed to developing basketball skills, building character through Biblical principles and growing in community in a fun and safe environment.

Registration Now Open

General Information

What is Upward Basketball?
Upward Basketball has been a sports ministry for over 15 years serving K-3rd graders here at the Center. Upward is an introductory league that is committed to developing basketball skills and character through inclusive language, positive coaching, and Biblical principles. Upward offers a safe space for your child to grow and become the best version of themselves by participating in team play, practices, and huddles that value a fun and safe learning environment.

Registration

Registration for our 2019 Season is now open!

Early Registration – 10/1 – 11/18 – $155

Full Price – $195

Registration Ends – 12/3

 

Questions?: Email [email protected] or visit our FAQ below.

Scholarships

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.

Evaluations

The purpose of evaluations are to create teams that are equal in strength. Players will 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.

Schedule

NOVEMBER 2018
11/18 – 1st and 2nd grade Player Evaluations (GYM) – 2:00- 3:30 pm
11/16 – 3rd grade Player Evaluations (GYM/301/HALL) – 3:30 – 4:30pm

DECEMBER 2018
12/9- Coaches training- Room 301 3-4 pm

JANUARY 2018
1/6 – First week of Upward practice for 1st – 3rd grade
1/12- Kinder Kickoff (GYM) – 8:30 – 9:30am – Kindergarten teams ONLY
1/19 – Game 1
1/26- Game 2

FEBRUARY 2018
2/2 – Game 3
2/9 – Game 4
2/16– Bye Week – No Game!
2/23 – Game 5

MARCH 2018
3/2– Game 6
3/9- Game 7
3/16 – Game 8 + End of Season Celebration

Parents, Referees, Coaches, and Volunteers

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What are the expectations of parents in Upward?
Parents are pivotal to the success of Upward. We ask for parent volunteers to support their team as either coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, referees or as positive supporting fans. We ask for parents to partner with us to help us create the fun and safe learning environment that creates “teachable moments”, character building, and best versions of our young athletes and families.

Is there a need for referees?
Yes. We ask for parent volunteers to assist our hired youth referees in our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade games. For our 3rd grade games, we have hired referees. *Our parent referees will receive a training prior to game start and will be assisted throughout the season.

CoachesVolunteers are needed! 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 volunteer to coach you will be given first priority to your practice day request.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 manage the referees, and field any questions for parents, coaches, and 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. 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 in the GYM at Peninsula Community Center (3623 Jefferson Ave. Redwood City, CA 94061)

When will I find out what team my player is on?
Your player’s coach will contact you by December 17th, 2018 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?
All Upward games are played on Saturdays. Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd grade teams will play half court. Third graders play full court. The first game generally begins at 8:30 am. 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 7th, 2019.

What is the format for practices & games?
At practices, coaches have a warm-up time, a focused time of drills, and a 5-minute “huddle” where coaches help the team get to know each other, talk about teamwork and have a weekly character building conversation relating to a biblical principle or verse.

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 an activity occurs that reinforces the previous practice’s “huddle” session.

Can my player be on a team with his/her friends?
We do NOT accommodate “friend 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 $20. Players are sized for their uniforms at evaluations. No reorders will be made for uniforms.

What is the Cancellation/Refund Policy?

  • Prior to November 1st, 100% refund will be given, less a $5 processing fee, with an email request to Dawn Rollandi at [email protected]
  • After November 18th, 80% refund will be given with email request to Dawn Rollandi at [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. Please provide us with your address in your email communication.

How can I get more information?
For the quickest response, please email Dawn at [email protected]