Northern Cincinnati Upward Sports
 Discovery, Development and Performance level basketball for Athletes and Cheerleaders




Frequently Asked Questions

How much does youth basketball or youth cheerleading cost?                                                          
The per person fee for the 2015-2016 basketball and cheerleading season is $110.00.  However, if you register by October 2nd, 2015 you will receive a $20.00 discount.  *If late registrations are taken late fees may apply.

Are scholarships available?                                                                                                                                                                      
Yes, a fund has been established for those families requesting financial assistance.  Full and partial scholarships are available. If you are able to help pay any amount it helps us provide as many scholarships as possible.  Simply contact us at basketball@cincyupward.org before you register.

How much of a time commitment is this on our family?  

During the recreation season there is one practice per week and games on Saturdays for eight weeks.  There are a total of 12 practices and 8 games.

Can I get a refund of my registration?
Yes, please fill out the Request for Refund form.  A $10.00 registration and processing fee will be deducted from your refund.  All refunds will be processed and sent via check after December 1st, 20l5. For refund requests made after December 1st, an additional $7.00 registration and processing fee will be deducted from the refund to cover shipping the uniform back to Upward Sports.  Once any part of the uniform has been worn it can not be returned for a refund.


In other sport leagues, my child did not get to play as much as other children. How is an UPWARD SPORTS league different in that regard?

UPWARD SPORTS is a youth basketball league that ensures all children will play equally. Coaches are trained with the UPWARD SPORTS substitution system for grades K through 6 and are given a schedule for substituting players in and out of the game. The set substitution system provides every child the opportunity to be in the starting lineup, requires no child to sit out back-to-back segments and allows every child to play at least half of the game.  For grades 7 and up playing time is determined by the coach with a minimum requirement that the player must play in both halves of the game and at least 25% of the game total


What can I expect from coaches in an UPWARD SPORTS league?

We understands that for most participants and their families, the difference between a good and bad sports league experience is the coach. The role of the coach is to uphold the Values of UPWARD SPORTS. Their success is not always determined by wins and losses, but how they teach the game and how they convey the love of Christ to each participant.  


How can I learn about the rules unique to UPWARD SPORTS?

Rules unique to UPWARD SPORTS youth basketball are provided at www.volunteers.upward.org.  Please keep in mind local Upward leagues may adjust rules slightly to accommodate the characteristics of the league.


What size basketball should my child practice with?

Upward Sports recommends a 25 inch basketball for K5 and a 28.5 inch basketball for 1st grade and up. 

Why does my child only guard one particular opponent while on the court?

In UPWARD Basketball, man-to-man defense is played at all times in grades K-6th to ensure equal match-ups of players and to provide healthy competition. Players only guard a specific opponent that closely matches his/her ability, which creates equal opportunity for every player. Each player matches a player with the same color wristband.


What age group is UPWARD  SPORTS for and what sports are currently offered?

The Northern Cincinnati Partnership basketball program has been specifically designed for K5 through 8th grade for basketball and K5-6th for basketball cheer.  Visit www.upward.org to find locations for other sports such as soccer, baseball, football and volleyball. 

Does each cheer squad have a specific team they cheer for each week?

No, squads usually rotate the teams they cheer for throughout the season.  

Does my daughter have to go through tryouts to make the squad?

No, UPWARD SPORTS Cheerleading squads are determined by age. She is guaranteed to be on a team.  For the second year in a row we will be hosting an Evaluation Clinic to begin teaching her skills before the season.

Does UPWARD Cheerleading incorporate stunting and tumbling as part of its cheerleading program?

No, UPWARD SPORTS would like to ensure your child’s safety by only allowing activities that the participant and the coach are comfortable doing. Therefore, UPWARD SPORTS Cheerleading does not offer any tumbling or stunting tricks.


When will my child cheer on game day?

Cheerleaders cheer on the sideline during their designated Saturday games. They will also cheer during halftime and between periods.


 Contact: basketball@cincyupward.org if you did not find you question and answer here.