Upward is an evangelistic sports ministry specifically designed for boys and girls four-years-old through sixth grade. Emphasis is placed on “Christlikeness” and good sportsmanship—not championships and trophies.

Upward Sports Mission Statement: To introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities through sports.  More information about Upward Sports can be found here.

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading
Upward Basketball is available for children Pre K 4 - 6th grade. Four year old players must be 4 by September 1st, 2021.  Friendswood Methodist Church is happy to partner with Hope Lutheran Church  to offer Upward basketball and cheerleading.

We usually open registration for Basketball & Cheerleading in September, hold evaluations in October, and practices begin in December. Our 8 week game season runs in January and February.

Players Registration HERE
Volunteer Registration HERE

Important dates for our 2021-2022 season are below.

Please read this information AND all the information below before you register.  **We ask that each participant plan to attend one of our evaluation sessions. Those dates and times will be posted ASAP.**

Registration Process

Registration for Basketball and Cheerleading is scheduled to open at the end of September.  Please check back here for registration links: 

The system has capability to honor only (1) car pool link. Both parents requesting a carpool link must input the other child’s first and last names in the carpool link. If you have a true need for more than (2) people in a carpool, you must email the request to a League Director – as these requests will have to be manually honored when creating teams.

You can pay for your registration on-line with a credit card or with cash / check at either church’s office or evaluation.

Kindergarten League Overview

The Kindergarten League is (1) hour per week, total, on Friday evenings only, between 6-8pm. When games start these players will practice for about half the hour and have intros/games for about half the hour. There will be 8 players per team playing 4 on 4, each player will play at least half of each game. This league is limited to 96 players; registration will be closed and a waiting list started at that number. 

Grades 1 - 6 Basketball League Overview

Teams will practice (1) hour per week. Games will be (1) hour on Saturdays in Jan & Feb.
Grades 1 – 4 will have 8 players per team max, playing 4 on 4 (each player will play at least half of each game)
Grades 5 – 6 will have 10 players per team max, playing 5 on 5 (each player will play at least half of each game)

League Directors:
Courtney Hoffman (Friendswood Methodist)                                     
Krista Beken (Hope Lutheran)


Upward Soccer 2022 is available for children Pre K 4 - 6th grade. Four year old players must be 4 by September 1st, 2021. Registration Opens in January 2022     

Upward Football 2022 is available for children Kindergarten - 6th grade.
For more information on Upward Football & Soccer, contact Courtney Hoffman @ courtney@friendswoodmethodist.org