Mission of Upward Sports™

Promoting the discovery of Jesus through sports.

The 360 Progression

Upward Sports is the only youth sports provider of the 360 Progression, which is a uniquely designed sports experience that develops the total athlete mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially. As players progress through Upward Sports programming, these four teachings of the 360 Progression adapt and expand with them. It is centered on the development of Jesus found in Luke 2:52 – And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.

Upward Sports Athletes grow in character, confidence, faith and sportsmanship during their personal athletic journeys, and become more than just an athlete. Whenever athletes participate in any Upward Sports program, they experience the 360 Progression; regardless of age, skill level, program type, or how long they participate in the programs.

Student Registration

Early Registration is scheduled to begin October 1 runs to October 25 for the 2021 season.

Regular Registration is October 26 until November 18th.

NOTE: Basketball shorts or cheerleading mock turtlenecks are included at no additional cost.



Evaluations are scheduled for November 11 & 18, 2021


Practice Schedules 

Regular Practices will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 pm each night.
Practice time of an hour. Coaches will notify your team’s schedule.

First Week of Practices begin December 27


Game Schedules

League games are 8 weeks long.
Begins on Saturday, January 15.
Last game is scheduled for March 6, 2022.

Games begin at 8:00 am each week.


Award’s Night – March 11



Coming Soon!

Parent Information Page
Calendar Dates for the 2022 season

Practice Schedule

Full Season Game Schedule


Volunteer Opportunities

Help reach our community…and have fun doing it!

Working with children and families in the Upward Sports™ program is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. There are so many great ways to serve that anyone can be involved, regardless of their abilities or experience. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the church office.




Time commitment: 1-4 hours a week (on Saturdays)

Help support our Upward Sports™ ministry by selling concessions at the games. You can impact the lives of parents and children through your hospitality and friendliness.


Applications / Forms

If you are led to serve and would like to become a volunteer, please download the FBCJ Basketball & Cheer Coach Application and the FBCJ Background Check form.

Upward Coordinators

Our Upward Coordinators are Andrew Dossett, Kevin Bracey, Jason Suiter, and Tatum Stewart.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at mspitzer@fbcjoelton.org.


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