basketball – Register Now!

The Upward Basketball season begins in January, and concludes in the middle of March. Registration opens in October. Practices for the 14-15 season begin the week of January 5th, with the first game on Saturday, January 10. The registration cost is $77 and includes an Upward t-shirt and reversible jersey. Optional matching reversible shorts are available for $15. There are separate boys and girls divisions starting at age 5 through 8th grade. The kindergarten division is usually co-ed.

practices and games

Every team has one practice per week for one hour. Practices are held at local elementary schools and Walnut Creek Church (900 64th St, Des Moines) and Walnut Creek Church Downtown (323 E Locust, Des Moines). It is our goal that your child’s team’s practice location is near your home. Practices are held Monday – Friday, starting as early as 4:30pm. When you attend one of the scheduled evaluations, you will fill out a practice availability form, informing us which days and times your child can practice. We do our best to accommodate busy schedules.

Each team will have 8 games, starting on Saturday, January 10. Games are played on Saturdays and last approximately 60 minutes. The Kindergarten and 1st-2nd grade divisions play their games at the Walnut Creek Church Gym (900 64th St), while the 3rd – 4th, 5th – 6th grade, and the 7th – 8th grade divisions play their games at the Walnut Creek Church Downtown Gym (323 E Locust St) and Merrill Middle School (5301 Grand Ave). Starting with player introductions to the final horn, each game day is full of fun and excitement.

game format

Each game last approximate 60 minutes. There are two 18 minute halves, with a continuous clock. The clock will be stopped the last 1 minute of the 2nd half. Predetermined player substitutions occur every 6 minutes. Each player is allowed 1 fouls per 6 minute period. A 2nd foul whistled in a period will result on that player being substituted for the remaining minutes in that period. Man to man defense must be played at all times. There is no zone defense or full court defense allowed in Upward. A full list of Upward rules can be provided upon request.

basketball evaluation schedule

Everyone must attend one basketball evaluation. All evaluations take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
They will take place as follows:

Saturday, November 15, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
at Walnut Creek Windsor Heights (900 64th Street)

Monday, November 24, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
at Capital View Elementary School (320 East 16th Street)

Saturday, December 6, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
at Walnut Creek Downtown (323 East Locust Street)

Monday, December 8, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
at Walnut Creek Windsor Heights (900 64th Street)