Sports & Recreation: Upward Basketball


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Our Upward Basketball Winter League is a ministry at Rose Drive Friends Church for all families seeking a league that celebrates team basketball and good sportsmanship.  Each Child Plays. Every Child Learns. Every Child is a Winner. Rose Drive is one of many participating churches in a program that is available across the nation. For more information about Upward Unlimited, visit

Upward Basketball is designed for boys and girls from 1st – 6th grade. The children will learn basketball skills alongside valuable Biblical lessons. This league places importance squarely on teaching the Word of God to a younger generation. We strive to promote and teach good sportsmanship and teamwork in a Biblical context – we make every attempt to make sure all players get an equal amount of game play.

CLICK HERE to see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Each week during half-time, we have a devotion to encourage each of us as we are formed in Christ for the sake of others and the glory of God. CLICK HERE to watch our Upward Basketball devotion videos.

Online registration for our 2017-2018 Winter League will begin on Labor Day, September 4.


Cost: $125 before October 31; $150 November 1-6 (includes reversible uniform & basketball)

Important Dates:

Basketball Clinic:  Saturday, October 28, 2017, 2:30-5:30 pm, RDFC Gym
Would you like your child to brush up on his/her basketball skills and practice the Evaluation station drills prior to the Upward Evaluations on November 4? If so, the basketball clinic on Saturday, October 28, from 2:30-5:30 pm is for you. Cost $30. (Please note that if you attend the clinic, you are welcome to use this as your Evaluation, if you desire.) 
Register HERE.

Evaluation Day: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 8 am-1:30 pm in the gym. (Please see the grade-level schedule below.) During this time, your child will have a skills assessment and be sized for his/her uniform. Please note that you do not need to be present during the entire time; please feel free to drop by anytime during your evaluation timeframe. Evaluation and uniform fittings generally take about 30 minutes, although there could be a 30-45 minute wait time before your child is evaluated, if everyone happens to show up at the same time.

5th-6th graders: 8 am-9:30 am
3rd-4th graders: 9 am-11:30 am
1st-2nd graders: 11 am-1:30 pm

One-hour practices per week will begin the week of December 25, 2017. Practices could be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday night, starting at 5:30, 6:30, or 7:30 pm. Each team practices once/week.

One-hour games will begin Saturday, January 6, 2018, and run weekly on Saturdays through February 24, 2018. Games are held every hour, starting at 8:00 am with our oldest kids and progress throughout the day by age. Generally, our youngest kids play in the afternoon/evening, with our last games starting at 6:00 pm.

Coaches and Volunteers are always needed! If you’re interested in coaching or volunteering in any way for our 2017-2018 season, please plan to attend one of our three coach/volunteer meetings: Thursdays: September 28, October 26, or November 16, at 7:00 pm in D108, on the SW side of the gym building. (Please note that all of our Head Coaches will need to be background checked and fingerprinted.)

Questions? call the Church Office: 714.528.6496 or email

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