Upward Basketball & Cheerleading

Our Upward basketball and cheerleading programs teach young athletes the fundamentals of basketball or cheerleading in a fun environment that emphasizes sportsmanship, self-esteem and healthy competition.


Registration for the 2023-24 season has closed

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading K5 to 8th grade | Sign up today!

Families are looking for activities that will get their children out of the house and having fun again! Upward Basketball and Cheer is an opportunity for your child to interact with kids their own age and get some exercise.


Coaches, referees, and adult volunteers are always needed!

Our volunteers are crucial to our Upward Basketball & Cheerleading league. Coaches, referees, and other volunteers provide a Christ-like example for players and families. All of our volunteers serve to accomplish the mission of TBC’s Upward leagues: promoting the discovery of Jesus Christ through sports.

Coaches have the unique opportunity to invest twelve weeks of their time, getting to know their players while teaching them the fundamentals of basketball or cheerleading and sharing the Gospel with them and their families. Referees serve on gamedays to enforce the rules of play, keep time, and help to maintain a positive and supportive atmosphere for players.

Can’t commit to serving as a coach or referee? Other volunteers are always needed to help on evaluation day, be a part of our league prayer team, work in the concessions stand, serve Kevin Peele, and he would be happy to help find a place for you to serve that best utilizes your skills and availability.

Interested in volunteering? Apply here!


Why Upward?

Upward Sports programming focuses on building a healthy competitive spirit and developing sports skills in young athletes while reaching them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our mission is based on Luke 2:52: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

Coaches, referees, and parents strive to help players develop mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially through sports.

Families are busier than ever, so Upward Sports’ schedule of a single, one-hour practice and a one-hour game each week on Saturday is designed with you in mind! There are no tryouts, so every child will be placed on a team and have an equal opportunity to participate throughout the season. At TBC, we are able to welcome players and cheerleaders ranging from K5-8th grade as participants in our Upward Basketball & Cheerleading league.


What's Included?

The basketball registration fee covers:

  • High quality double-sided numbered jersey
    • Matching double-sided shorts (optional – additional fee applies)
  • Upward T-shirt
  • Upward Window Cling & Sticker
  • Printed parent’s guide
  • A post-game snack for each game day in the season
  • End of season award


The cheerleading registration fee covers:

  • Cheer uniform (Top and Skort)
    • Cheer mock turtlenecks (optional – additional fee applies)
  • Hair ribbon/bow
  • Megaphone
  • Pom poms
  • Window Cling & Sticker
  • A post-game snack for each game day in the season
  • End of season award


Early Registration Period

September 25 through October 28

 The early registration fee for basketball and cheerleading is $90.00

  • $5.00 discount for second child
  • $5.00 discount for third child
  • $10.00 discount for fourth child and above

"Last-Minute" Registration Period

October 28 through November 11

The registration fee for basketball and cheerleading is $115.00

  • $5.00 discount for second child
  • $5.00 discount for third child
  • $10.00 discount for fourth child and above


Basketball Evaluations:

Every basketball player must attend one evaluation date. The evaluation is part of completing the registration process. Evaluations are floating, and will be in the Activity Center as follows:

  • Saturday, November 11 from 9AM - 2PM
  • Saturday, November 18 from 9AM - 2PM


Important Dates

We hope to see you at Upward Basketball & Cheerleading at TBC in 2023/2024! Practices for your child's team are held on the same night, at the same time each week. Check out the season schedule below:

Monday, September 25th - Registration Opens

Saturday, October 28th - Early Registration Deadline

Saturday, November 11th - Player Evaluations, Final Registration Deadline

Saturday, November 18th - Player Evaluations

Week of December 3rd - Practices Begin

December 20th-27th - No Practices (Christmas Break)

Saturday, January 6th - First Game

Saturday, February 24th - Final Game


Contact Us

Program Director:
Kevin Peele
upward.basketball@tbcnow.org | (704) 756-9309


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