About Recreation Ministry
We offer Upward Basketball, Cheerleading, and Soccer for children and youth. Upward emphasizes all-round development of the player mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. The goals of Upward are to:
- Promote character and self-esteem in every child;
- Help players learn to make wise decisions;
- Improve physical abilities;
- Recognize and embrace life’s purpose;
- Foster healthy relationships;
- Allow each child to connect with God and others.
We are looking for volunteers with a passion for God and a love for children who are willing to invest 2 hours a week. Sign up to coach a soccer team, basketball team, cheerleading squad, or referee.
During the summer, we offer one week, half-day basketball and cheer camps. These camps enable participants to enhance their skills and continue the emphasis on developing the total person.
If you have any questions, please email Chris Rogers.
Upward Soccer registration is now open!
The fee for soccer will be $125. There is a $15 discount if you register by August 14, the day of evaluations. There are limited scholarships available. We ask that you volunteer as a coach or in the concession stand as a recipient of a scholarship. We are excited to go back to having evaluations this season after almost two years without them! They will be Saturday, August 14 from 8:30-11:00 am. For those of you that are new since then, these are not tryouts. They are a way to gauge skill level, and, after other factors (coach requests, carpooling, practice night requests), the results of evaluations may be used to balance team rosters. It is also a great way to introduce your athlete to the facility (especially if it is their first season) so they are more comfortable at the first practice.
This season, we will have divisions for 3-year-olds through 8th graders. It has not been determined yet if the older divisions will remain co-ed like they were last fall and spring. I will update everyone once that is decided although it may depend on how many registrations we have in those divisions and on the availability of coaches.
Practices will start the week of August 30. Your athlete will practice once a week on either Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday at 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm.
The first game will be Saturday, September 11. We will play 7 games. There will not be a game on October 2 because of the craft fair. The final game and end-of-season celebration will be on October 30. I am hoping we can get the season in before the time change this year and that we will have no delays due to hurricanes! All practices and games will be on the fields behind MUMC.
We will need coaches! If you are interested in coaching this fall, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. First come, first served for practice day and time! Let Chris know your division, when you want to practice, and your team’s name.