Upward Sports

Registration for the 2015 season of Upward Basketball® and Cheerleading is now open!

Practices and games will be held at three locations. You can register for the practice location that is most convenient for you.

At Oakland Church of the Nazarene we will be offering basketball and cheerleading for children in the following age groups:

Sport Division Tentative Practice Nights
Basketball K - 1st Grade Girls Monday or Thursday
Basketball 2nd Grade Girls Monday or Tuesday
Basketball 3rd - 4th Grade Girls Monday, Thursday, or Friday
Basketball 5th - 6th Grade Girls Monday or Tuesday
Basketball K Boys Tuesday or Friday
Basketball 1st Grade Boys Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday
Basketball 2nd Grade Boys Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday
Basketball 3rd Grade Boys Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday
Basketball 4th Grade Boys Monday, Tuesday, or Friday
Basketball 5th - 6th Grade Boys Monday, Tuesday, or Friday
Cheerleading K - 6th Grade Monday, Tuesday, or Friday 

Click here to register at Oakland

You can also register at one of the other locations:

The Church on Northland Antioch Christian Church
5200 Northland Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
7215 Cottage Grove Parkway
Marion, IA 52302
Basketball: K - 6th Grade Basketball: K - 6th Grade
Cheerleading: K - 6th Grade
Register with The Church on Northland Register with Antioch Christian Church

The early registration cost per child for basketball is $80;
after October 31, the cost is $95.
The early registration cost per child for cheerleading is $80;
after October 31, the cost is $95.
Deadline for registration is November 10.
Basketball shorts are optional at a cost of $17.
Cheerleading mock turtlenecks are optional at a cost of $17.

Pay by credit card online or make checks payable to Upward Sports.

Scholarships are available upon request. When registering, select pay by check and email UpwardSportsCR@gmail.com to receive a scholarship request form.

Volunteers needed!

Visit our volunteer page to learn about ways that you can help support the Upward Sports program through volunteering or financial donations.

Contact Us

Phone (319) 261-1015

Email UpwardSportsCR@gmail.com

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About Upward Sports

Providing the Best Sports Experience for every child.

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading provides a fun environment built around healthy competition for kids, teaching skills for the sports arena and values for life.

Competitive Sports Environment

  • Upward Basketball offers competitive games through balanced talent on each team. Upward Cheerleading gives children the opportunity to learn a sport and be part of the action.
  • Upward Basketball's unique substitution system is designed to provide every child equal playing time, along with competing against an equally matched opponent.
  • Upward Cheerleading's spirit squad format is designed to provide an exciting team based experience.

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading provide every participant with quality game uniforms to look like a "pro," as well as other gear to help build team spirit.

Skills Development

  • Upward Basketball equips children with the athletic skills needed to participate at the next level.
  • Upward Cheerleading provides the fundamentals that cheer squads everywhere need to succeed.
  • Each player and cheerleader will enjoy an exciting game-time experience that improves skills and builds healthy self-confidence.


Upward Basketball and Cheerleading coaches stress values - such as sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect.

Fun for Kids and Families

  • With supportive coaches and a positive sports environment, Upward Basketball and Cheerleading are designed to bring out "the winner" in every child, and the true spirit of the game both in playing and in cheering.
  • Players receive special recognition after every game and an award at the end of the season.
  • Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is a fun and family friendly league, limiting the time commitment to one practice and one game per week, avoiding parent and player burnout.
  • Join your friends – and make new ones as well.

If you want to learn more about Upward Sports, visit www.upward.org/parents.