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Upward Basketball Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I register for this season??   This year (2016-17) we will be offering ONLINE registration ONLY.  This is in an effort to streamline our check in process at the evaluation nights.  Registration opens October 1, 2016 via our church site (look under "Activities" for the Upward information) or you can search for us on
  • Who do I make the league fee check out to?   You can pay easily online through our quick and easy registration process.  In the event you wish to submit a check, checks are payable to Flushing Community Church and a service fee is assessed for any returned checks.  Of course, cash still works, too!
  • My child played last year, do I need to purchase a new jersey??   Yes.  Upward changes league colors each year and the jersey is built into the league fees. 
  • Do I have to order shorts/turtleneck??   In the 2016-17 season, we have built into our fees the cost for the shorts (basketball) and turtleneck (cheer).  This is to help streamline our evaluation night process and we feel that having the complete uniform is still a great value for all of our families.  If this proves to be a hardship, please contact us.
  • Can my pre-schooler play?   No.  We allow Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade only.
  • Do I have to come to an evaluation night?   Yes.  This gives us the best method of determining teams and getting proper sizes for uniforms.  Both basketball players and cheerleaders need to come to evaluations.
  • Do I have to be at evaluations for 2 hours?   No.  You can come between the hours listed on our flyer and plan on staying between 45 minutes to 1 hour.  We do our best to keep the process moving quickly but it really depends on the crowd whether or not your time in evaluations is long or short.
  • What if I cannot attend evaluations on my assigned night?   No problem.  You can attend any day that works with your schedule.  We assign nights to help with traffic flow. If none of those opportunities work, please contact us to make special arrangements.
  • Can I request to play with a friend or a specific coach?   No.  Due to the size and complexity of our league, we are unable to honor such requests 
  • What are evaluation nights?   These nights allow us to double check your registration, make any payments plus get sized for your cheer or basketball uniform.  Players go through a series of drills that we score to help us form well balanced teams.  Of course, we have some great snacks and make it a lot of fun, too!
  • What night will my child have practice?   Practices take place M-F from 5-8PM.  Younger children practice earlier in the night. Practice schedules will not be available until mid to late December after teams have been established 
  • When will I receive my practice and game schedule?   You should receive a call early in December from your coach letting you know your practice day and time.  You will receive a game schedule at your first practice along with your uniform and a box of goodies from Upward.  Our goal is to have 3 practices before our first game day!
  • Is it too late to sign up my child for basketball or cheerleading?   Deadlines are important.  Each year we do our best to get the word out about the program so everyone has plenty of time to sign up.  We will do our best to accommodate late registrations based on the sizes of our teams.  Sometimes we can take a player or cheerleader very late into the registration process - other times we are not.  Please call 810-516-1815 to inquire about signing up.
  • Can I call with questions?   Yes - please do.  Our office is NOT located at our church building but you may call 810-732-0282 with questions. You may also email
Flushing Community Church of the Nazarene • Pastor Terry Bate
810.732.0282 • 9500 W Pierson Rd; Flushing MI 48433
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