About Upward Sports

Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. Upward Sports is the only organization that offers the 360 Progression™, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys. The 360 Progression develops total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially – producing players who excel both on and off the field.

Today, approximately half a million players at more than 2,000 churches in 47 states participate in camps, clinics, and leagues through Upward Sports’ Recreation Division.

Upward’s Mission

Promoting the Discovery of Jesus Through Sports.

Upward’s Values

1. The Expectation of God Moments

We believe that God is at work all around us.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

2. The Life of Integrity

We believe that how we live is more important than what we say.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

3. The Opportunity to Serve

We believe that it is a privilege to serve others.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45

4. The Discipline of Excellence

We believe in exceeding expectations.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed; do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17

5. The Priority of Children

We believe that every child is a winner.

In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. – Matthew 18:14

The 360 Progression

The 360 Progression is the development of the total athlete mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially, applied intentionally through all Upward Sports programming.

Experienced coaches guide players through three stages of athletic growth: game discovery, skill development, and peak performance – while using the teachings of Christ to foster positive sportsmanship and character.


Making wise decisions to develop mentally, young athletes learn right from wrong by discovering game rules and understand the objectives of the play, both of which foster a genuine love of the game. Learning to make positive choices will lead them on a path to success. Through wins and loss, athletes become equipped to use adversity and success to grow and develop into a well-rounded adult.


Improving physical ability is a key benefit of sports participation. It is through game play that athletic foundations are formed. These foundations are strengthened through skills introduced with structured activities. This helps young athletes compete at the highest level possible and develops a consistent desire to achieve.


Embracing Life Purpose through Upward Sports, athletes discover and build spiritual purpose as they understand Christ’s plan for their lives and their part in it. This introduction to life’s purpose is built through intentional character lessons throughout the season. These lessons build toward the discovery of God’s big story.


Connecting with teammates is an essential element to the development of each young athlete. As they enjoy time with others, they are also learning how important sportsmanship and selflessness are as they compete with peers and begin new relationships. These are valuable character traits that will carry them whether they choose to go further in their athletic career, or move on to other aspirations. An essential part of young athletes connecting with teammates socially is learning the importance of putting the needs of others ahead of their own.

Visit Upward’s Website at: upward.org

Important Registration Information 

Registration began August 1, 2018.

Register early, by October 31st, for $60 per participant.

Register in the month of November for $70 per participant.

Registration ends November 30.

If leagues would happen to fill up past our capacity, your child will be put on wait list.

What gear comes with my child’s registration? 

Each basketball participant will receive a red and black reversible jersey! Also included: T Shirt, Car Magnet, Scripture Learning Cards, Award stars, and End of the season award given to every player.

Each cheerleading participant will receive a red and black cheer top and skorts! Also included: Pom Poms, Hair ribbon, Megaphone, Car Magnet, Scripture Learning Cards, Award stars, and End of the season award given to every player.

Optional Extras:

Basketball shorts are optional at a cost of $16. Cheerleading mock turtlenecks are optional at a cost of $16.

Register Today!

For Online Registration click link box below! Paper brochures forms can either be mailed to South Haven Church, 16800 Bel-Ray Blvd., Belton, MO 64012 or can be turned in at the church office 8am-4pm Mon-Fri.

For more information: Contact South Haven at: (816) 322-0409 or info@southhavenchurch.org