Upward Soccer FAQs

Upward soccer 4What is Upward Indoor Soccer?
Upward Indoor Soccer is a ministry at Rose Drive Friends Church for all those families seeking a league that celebrates team soccer and good sportsmanship. Simply, the Upward philosophy is as follows:  Each Child Plays.  Every Child Learns.  Every Child is a Winner.  Many times we have told coaches that their primary book of instruction is the Bible. Rose Drive Friends Church is one of many participating churches in a program that is available across the nation.  For more information about Upward Unlimited, visit www.upward.org.

Do I have to attend Rose Drive Friends Church?
Absolutely Not! You do not have to attend Rose Drive Friends Church. However, you must adhere to the policies of good sportsmanship and understand that Jesus will be the #1 topic throughout our season.  Of course, we pray that at some point you’ll share in the joy of knowing He is always by your side—whatever church you choose to attend!   Last year, we had over 30 churches participate in our league.

What will my children learn?
Not only will the children learn soccer skills, they will learn Bible verses provided in the Upward package. At each practice for about 5-10 minutes, coaches will share an easy Bible lesson that a child can understand.   Most importantly, we expect all Upward participants to model the behavior that Jesus would expect of us.  You will find that this is taken very seriously by our current participating Upward parents.  WE WANT to be different!  

When do practices and games begin?
All games and practices will take place inside the Rose Drive Friends Church Gym.  Practices are one hour, once a week. Practices could be on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday night with a start time of 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, or 7:30 pm. (We do our best to put the youngest kids at 5:30 and 6:30 pm.).  Games last one hour and can be anytime between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Do the kids play by grade or by age? Do they play by gender?
Upward is open to boys and girls in 1st through 6th grade.  Kids play by grade as follows: 1st and 2nd grade; 3rd and 4th grade; 5th and 6th grade.  Boy and girls have their own separate leagues; boys play with boys, girls play with girls.

How are teams chosen?  What happens during evaluations?
We attempt to make all the teams of equal talent.  The way this is accomplished is by comparing how the players do during their skills evaluation on the Evaluation Day.  After evaluation, teams are computer generated so that all team’s talent is approximately the same. For this reason we are unable to place friends on the same team.  We allow coaches to have their child on their team and for siblings to be on the same team, if they wish.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kristen at upward@rdf.org.

Thank you for your interest in Upward Soccer!