Upward Basketball and Cheer Update

February 15, 2023


Games are nearly complete!

Click HERE for the basketball GAME SCHEDULE.

Click HERE for the basketball practice schedule.


THE CELEBRATION IS NEAR!   Come see Knight Illusions on Saturday, February 25th at Mountainside.  No cost to attend.  The performers are the best Christian Illusionists in the country!  Door Prizes!  End-of-season gifts for players & cheerleaders!


Location:  4 Penny Lane

            Cedar Crest, NM 87008

LOST AND FOUND! There is a box of lost and found items in the lobby.  It is a semi-clear plastic box, about 30” long and 18” high sitting on the concessions counter or on a table.  Please take a look!  Find your stuff and take it home with you.

If you have not paid the registration fee, please pay with cash or check only. Post-dated checks or later cash payments are accepted. Checks are payable to MUMC, with a notation of Upward and the player’s name.  Checks may be mailed to MUMC, 4 Penny Lane, Cedar Crest  NM  87008

Upward 2022-23 Calendar

November 7 – February 16

Practice Sessions

Mon, Tues, Thur 4:00-8:30 PM, Cheers-Mondays, 4:00 pm

December 30-31, 2022         

Upward Games Begin!!!

Fri 5:30-8:30PM

Sat 10AM-4:15PM

February 17-18

Last games of season

(subject to makeup games)

February 24, 2023

Setup for Celebration

6 - 8 PM

February 25, 2023

Celebration: Food, Fun, and Knight Illusions!

Celebration 3:00 PM



Our league is successful because of you, a volunteer.  Let John Beach (505-250-8046) know if you  would consider being a  referee, announcer, devotioner, or greeter.  We also need help with concessions, picture day and the celebration on February 25th.

You may want to be part of the leadership team in some capacity.  The commitment spans from 2 months to 6 months depending on how you want to help.  The actual time needed is somewhat dependent on your available time, organization and the help of other volunteers.  Volunteering for Upward is a great way to grow your confidence and abilities while expanding your horizons.


Leaders for next season include:

Registrars (2)                                           Head Coach          

Head Referee                                            Advertising

Communications (web)                        Uniforms Coordinator

Celebration Leader                                Picture Day Leader        

Concessions Leader                               Sound System

Cheerleader Leader                               League Director (2)


Help your child build character and get to know Jesus Christ through Upward Basketball & Cheer


Š    If you have any comments or suggestions, please email, text, or call any of the League Directors listed below.   Thank you very much for your participation in the past.  We look forward to the blessing of your participation in the future. 


Š    For more Upward at Mountainside information, select this link:



John Beach

League Director

Upwards Basketball at Mountainside United Methodist Church

505-250-8046 (text/voice) 


Interim; from Oct 28 thru Nov 30

Frank Baca  505-429-0756


Brad Gass   505-218-3337


John Terry    253-279-9137




Click any of the items below to find out more:


We are so pleased to have you check out Upward Sports at Mountainside United Methodist Church.   Upward sports is an outreach program of the Church, and our goal is to give our young participants a Christian experience, filled with learning new skills, exercise, competition, fellowship, and more.   We offer a safe and encouraging atmosphere, and games where everyone participates equally.   If this is the kind of sports experience you seek for your young boy or girl, please select Registration from the navigation list above and get enrolled ASAP!   Enrollment begins June 1st every year.   We will strive to make this a wonderful experience for you and your child.

In 2014, we began increasing the number of full-court games and the number of Divisions.   Going to Full Court was a big step, providing a better game environment for our kids. However, it also reduced the number of games that can be played in the MAC concurrently from two to one.   This, combined with our continued growth each year means that both our people and facility will be extra-busy from now on.   In 2016 we began closing registrations in divisions that were full, and this is expected to happen earlier each year, as 200 players is about our maximum capacity.   You should register early, and come and join in the fun!

We also hope that you parents volunteer to become part of this program.   It takes a large number of adults to run a program of this size, and without volunteers, we can't offer the rewarding experiences that our kids need.   Click on Volunteers Needed above to learn more.

Contact us by e-MAIL at John Beach or Upward Sports or by phone at 505-250-8046 for any questions you might have.

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