·The Fields @ Fruit Cove Baptist Church have more than enough space for everyone to keep Socially Distant. Stay as far away from others as you feel comfortable with. Since we are outside for all our activities, masks/face coverings are optional for parents/spectators. The athletes will not be wearing masks as it restricts oxygen flow.
·We will likely temperature check (and maybe even smell test check) everyone that comes through the gates at the fields. If you would like to help us do this, please be on the lookout for a “signup to help” email.
·Footballs will be sanitized regularly.
·Hand sanitizer pumps will be available at the entrance/exit gate and under the pavilion.
·We are limiting our enrollment to 50%.
·We will practice social distancing as much as possible in the gym.
·Shared equipment will be sanitized frequently.
·Spectators are encouraged to wear masks.
·Players will NOT be wearing masks due to the decrease in oxygen levels while playing with a mask on.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to minimize risk.
These precautions are being done from a place of love for our neighbor and for those that are more vulnerable. We are not operating out of fear.
Basketball with Cheerleading through Upward
Flag Football with Cheerleading through Upward
Upward Flag Football is coed, meaning girls and boys will play on the same team.
Upward Basketball is not coed, the girls and boys play on their own separate teams/divisions (with the exception of the kindergarten division which is coed).
No; we divide the kids up into divisions with other kids around their grade level. 2nd graders may play with 1st graders or even 3rd graders but never any younger than 1st grade or older than 3rd grade.
That is the same with every grade level from Kindergarten through 11thgrade.
Upward Flag Football with Cheerleading – Registration starts in June, Evaluations are in August, Practices and Games start in September.
Upward Basketball and Cheerleading – Registration starts in August, Evaluations are in November, Practices and Games start in January.
Practices can fall on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Games are always on Saturdays.
Upward Basketball and Upward Flag Football with Cheer Practices and Games are one hour each. Practices run for 10 weeks and Games run for 8 weeks.
With the exception of two Saturday practices at the start of the season, Upward Flag Football, Basketball, and Upward Cheer will only practice one day a week; Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday and will only play one game a week on Saturday.
Upward Flag Football – Practices begin at 5, 6 or 7pm
Upward Basketball – Practices begin at 5, 6, 7 or 8pm
Cheer – Practices are at 6 with an occasional squad practicing at 6:30 or 7.
This will depend on their grade, we typically begin with the younger teams first and work our way through the day up to the oldest division. Games usually begin about 9am and sometimes will finish into the evening.
Upward Flag Football – Practices and Games will be held at the back fields behind the parking lot at Fruit Cove Baptist Church.
Upward Basketball – The majority of our middle school-aged children will have their practices at either Freedom Crossing Academy or San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church Gym. All Saturdays (therefore all games) will be at the Freedom Crossing Academy Gym. That includes the two Saturday Practices before games begin.
Girl teams up to and including 6th graders, and Boy teams up to and including 4th graders, will have their practices and games in the ROC Gym located on the Fruit Cove Baptist Church campus.
Your child will receive their uniform no later than the first game of the season.
Upward Flag Football – Your cost includes the flags, uniform (jersey and shorts), and wristbands. You will need to provide your child with rubber cleats and a mouth guard. We recommend buying more than one mouth guard!
Upward Basketball – Your cost includes the uniform (jersey, t-shirt, and shorts) and wristbands. You will need to provide your child with tennis shoes.
Mini – Kindergarten-1st grade
Peewee – 2nd-3rd grade
Junior – 4th-5th grade
Youth – 6th-7th grade
HS Official – 8th-10th grade
Middle School Boys (Grades 5-8) – 29 1/2″
Middle School Girls (Grades 5-8) – 28 1/2″
3rd/4th Grade Girls – 28 1/2″
3rd/4th Grade Boys – 28 1/2″
1st/2nd Grade Girls – 27 1/2″
1st/2nd Grade Boys – 27 1/2″
Kindergarten Boys and Girls – 25″
Middle School Boys (Grades 5-8) – 10′
Middle School Girls (Grades 5-8) – 10′
3rd/4th Grade Girls – 9′
3rd/4th Grade Boys – 9′
1st/2nd Grade Girls – 8′
1st/2nd Grade Boys – 8′
Kindergarten Boys and Girls – 8′
Unfortunately, evaluations are mandatory.
In an effort to create competitively matched teams, the evaluation process is critical.
Your child only has to attend one evaluation day, but they must attend one.
You can bring your child to any one of the evaluation days that we have scheduled but you must bring them to one.
Anywhere between 30 – 90 minutes depending on the amount of players that arrive at the same time.
You can register your child on our SportsLife page at the Fruit Cove Baptist Church website at https://fruitcove.com/upward
Yes. If you feel that your child can play in an upper division due to his or her higher skill, please register them as a higher grade level.