Upward Sports

Register Here for the upcoming 2017 season! (Opens October 1st)


Upcoming dates for the 2017 season of Upward Basketball™ and Cheerleading at Oakland.


Early Registration ($80): October 1st - 15th

Registration ($100): October 16th - November 5th

Late Registration ($120): Beyond November 16th

*Registration fee includes includes player kits with game uniform and practice shirt. Shorts and mock turtlenecks for cheerleading are available for $17 each.


Basketball Evaluations and Cheerleading Orientations:


Basketball Evaluations for Kindergarten-6th Grade:

Monday, November 7, 2016

Last names A-E: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Last names F-K: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Last names L-Q: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Last names R-Z: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Cheerleading Orientations for Kindergarten-6th Grade

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Last Names A-K: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 7th, 2016

Last Names L-Z: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


1st Practice: Monday, January 2, 2017

1st Games: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Awards Celebration: Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Basketball Practice Schedule (by grade and night)*


K-1st Grade: Monday, Tuesday

2nd Grade: Tuesday, Thursday *2nd Grade girls at our location has filled. Please visit one of our partner locations at their links below for more availability.

3rd-4th Grade: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

5th-6th Grade: Monday, Tuesday



Kindergarten (K5): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

1st-2nd Grade: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

3rd-4th Grade: Monday, Thursday, Friday

5th-6th Grade: Monday, Tuesday, Friday


*Days subject to change

Or you can register with our partner churches:


The Church on Northland
5200 Northland Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Baskertball: K - 6th Grade


Antioch Christian Church
7215 Cottage Grove Parkway
Marion, IA 52302
Baskertball: K - 6th Grade
Cheerleading: K - 6th Grade


We still need volunteers to help with this season!

Visit our volunteer page to learn about the many ways that you can help support the Upward Sports program.

Contact Us

Phone (319) 393-7399

Email UpwardSportsCR@gmail.com

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.