Upward Basketball and Cheer Update

June 25, 2022


Registration will be open on July 5, 2022

Register at https://registration.upward.org/UPW82262

or visit this site,  www.mumsm.org to see more info and use the same login link.

Upward 2022-23 Calendar

The schedule for Upward 2022-23 is as follows. When teams are finally assigned, practice times and the Game Schedules will be posted.   Please note that weather may force us to schedule makeup games before and/or after the Celebration, but we want every player to have as much time on the court as possible.

July 5 - October 9, 2022

Early Registration Open


October 10 to Dec 26

Late Registration Open


October 10, 11, 14

Evaluation Sessions,


5 – 7 PM 

Required: All players must attend one

October 20, 21

Upward Training, for Coaches, Officials etc. 

5-7 pm (One required)

Week of October 31

Team Assignments


November 5

Coaches, Officials Training,

10:00AM-Noon (Optional)

November 7 – December 29

Pre-Season Practice Sessions,  

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

November 26

Makeup practice for Thanksgiving, Saturday


December 30, 2022         

Upward Games Begin!!!

Fri 4-8:45PM

Sat 7:30AM-6:00PM

January 2 – February 16  

In-Season Practice Sessions, 

Mon, Tues, Thurs 4:00-8:30 PM, Cheers TBD

February 17-18

Last games of season

(subject to makeup games)

February 24, 2023

Setup for Celebration

4 - 8 PM

February 25, 2023

Celebration: Food and Fun

11:30 AM Celebration 1:00 PM


Watch this website for more details of next season.



If you cannot afford the full amount, contact the league director to arrange for a reduced or waived cost.


The easiest way to pay is by using a credit card. These are only accepted at the online registration.

If you plan to pay with cash or check, you may pay on the evening of the skills evaluation. Credit cards are not accepted at the skills evaluation or after online registration.


Your player will need to attend one skills evaluation on October 10, 11 or 14 from 5-7 pm. The evaluation is used to build roughly equally skilled teams so that games are competitive and maximize your child's growth.



Our league is successful because of you, a volunteer.  If you would consider being a coach or referee next season, let John Beach know anytime at 505-250-8046 (voice/text). 

You may also want to be part of the management 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,

Help your child build character and get to know Jesus Christ better through Upward Basketball.


Š    If you have any comments or suggestions, please email, text, or call John Beach to share.  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) 





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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 to John Beach or Dr. Dan Salzwedel or Upward Sports or by phone at 505-250-8046 (John) or 505-321-2273 (Dan) for any questions you might have.

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