Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate?For basketball, boys and girls currently enrolled in grades K-8. Kindergarten is co-ed unless we have enough girls to build two or more teams. Grades 1-8 offer separate boys & girls leagues.
For cheerleading, girls currently enrolled in grades K-8.
How do I register?Select Register for more registration details including the form.
Is it okay if my child has no basketball or cheerleading experience?Yes! Upward Sports™ is committed to giving every child an equal opportunity to learn & play. Teams are equally built based on evaluation scores. A substitution schedule is followed by every team to help ensure every player plays at least half of the game. Players also play against others of similar ability (man-to-man defense).
What does the registration fee include?The registration fee includes a reversible jersey, T-shirt, car magnet, and an end of the season gift.
Is there a multiple child discount?No, we do not have a multiple child discount because we are a self-funding league through player registrations & generous donations which cover our expenses & keeps your registration fee down. But, please do not let money stand in the way of your participation. We can work out a payment plan or possibly a scholarship.
May I request a teammate or coach for my child?Due to the size of the league, we try to honor teammate or coach requests but cannot make any guarantees. We will be honoring practice night exclusions and coach/child links.
What are the practice times?
Basketball practice times at Hopewell are 6:00, 7:00, & 8:00PM on Thursdays or Fridays for grades 1-8. Lower grades practice in the early slots.
Basketball practice times at East Brandywine are 6:00, 7:00, & 8:00PM on Fridays for grades 1-8. Lower grades practice in the early slots.
Cheerleading practice times at East Brandywine are 6:00 & 7:00PM on Tuesdays or Fridays for grades 1-8. Kindergarten practices & cheers on Saturday mornings only.
Practices are one hour in length once a week. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your starting time as practices will begin on time.
If I have more than one child playing basketball, will they practice on the same night?We will make every effort to make sure siblings practice on the same night but they may not practice at the same time.
If I have a child playing basketball & a cheerleading daughter, will they practice on the same night?We will make every effort to make sure siblings practice on the same night but they may not practice at the same time unless families choose to practice different nights for carpool reasons.
What are the game times?Last season, Saturday games began at 9:00AM & completed at 7:00PM with lower grades playing in the early slots. Note, this season's game times may change due to the multiple gym locations.
Games are one hour in length and will be played at East Brandywine, Exton, Goshen, and Hopewell. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your starting time as games will begin on time.
What are player evaluations?In order to draft fair & equal teams, every (returning & new) player must be evaluated according to skill. Each player will perform three offensive (shooting) & three agility (dribbling & defensive) drills.
When will teams, rosters, & schedules be available?Teams, practice schedules, & game schedules will be determined late December after all registrations have been received & players evaluated. Parents will be notified via email of their teams & will receive schedules at Meet Your Coach Day.
What is the basketball hoop height for the different grades?Kindergarten-Second Grades - 8 feet
Third Grade - 9 feet
Fourth-Eighth Grades - 10 feet