Upward Sports

Welcome to Upward Sports!

Here at Apex Baptist Church, we seek to teach kids about Christ and what God has given us. Another way we do this is through our sports ministry! We focus on two things: Fun and the Gospel! We want kids to have fun, because a fun environment fosters learning. When kids are passionate about something, that’s when they learn the most. Secondly, we want them to be exposed to the Gospel. We want kids to know God’s rescue plan for them and to grow in their knowledge of that while having fun at the same time! 

Below, you will find information about the Upward Sports leagues that we offer at Apex Baptist Church. You will also find a link that you can register your child(ren) to participate, or you can register to help us referee or coach. The cost to participate in an Upward league is $80, with there being discounts for additional children from the same family. We hope that you will join us for this season of Upward Sports, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us! 



General Information

A season of Upward basketball consists of one practice evening during the week followed by games on Saturdays. We will play a total of eight games. The first game day is December 2nd. There are three “leagues” for basketball: a 1st and 2nd grade league, a 3rd and 4th grade league, and a 5th and 6th grade league. 

There are no requirements to play as far as gear or clothing is concerned. Your $80 fee for the season will include a jersey, water bottle, socks, and other Upward materials. If you would like to purchase shorts, you can do so for an extra fee. Upward shorts are not required. It is recommended that kids wear athletic or basketball shoes. 


Next Season Dates, Time, & Location


Evaluations are on October 24th at 6:30pm at Apex Baptist church. If your child misses evaluations, that is no problem! They will still be put on a team regardless of whether they attend evaluations or not. 

Game days -  The first game will be a practice/scrimmage on November 18th. The first game day will be on December 2nd. More details will come on the remaining game day schedule. We will take off one week in November due to Thanksgiving, and two weeks in December due to Christmas and New Years. On game days, the earliest game will begin at 8:00am and the latest game is held no later than 5:30pm. In general, teams in the youngest league play the earliest and players from the older two leagues play in the late morning on into the afternoon hours. Should a game day be canceled, an extra game will be added to ensure that there will be eight total games played. 

Practice days - Each team will practice one night a week for one hour. The practices will occur on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday night. We do not practice on Wednesdays. Practices will begin at 5:30pm and run no later than 8:30pm. Younger teams begin practice earlier in the evenings, and older teams will begin practice later in the evenings. Coaches will run drills, have devotion, and encourage players during practice nights. Practices will begin on November 13th.   

Location - All evaluations, games, and practices will be held at the gym of the Downtown, Apex Baptist Church location (110 S. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502).

Registration Links

Click here for the Upward Basketball Registration Form.


Contact our Upward Sports Ministry Associate Reese Miller.  



General Information

Upward Cheerleading has one season that consists of one practice day during the week, followed by cheering during basketball games on Saturdays, for 8 weeks, in the Fall and Winter (starting in November).  Teams are separated by age and are open to children in Kindergarten through 6th grades.

There are no requirements to play (you are not required to have any special gear or clothing).  Your Upward fee includes a water bottle, socks, jersey, and Upward materials.  If you would like to purchase a turtleneck that matches the jersey, that is an extra fee which is optional. Although not required, it is recommended that children wear athletic shoes.

Next Season, Dates, Time, & Location

Evaluations for Upward Cheer will be held on October 24th at 6:30 p.m.

Cheer days - The first cheer time of our next season will be held on November 18th, which coincides with the Upward Basketball game days.  Games / cheer will be held on the following dates: November 18; December 2, 9, and 16; January 6, 13, and 20, and 27.  Game times (and therefore cheer times) on Saturday vary according to teams. The earliest game will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the last game is held no later than 5:30 p.m.  In general, teams with younger players tend to play earlier on Saturdays, and teams with older players tend to play later in the day.  Should a cheer day have to be canceled due to unforeseen issues / inclement weather, an extra game day will be added so that a total of 8 games / cheer times are played.

Practice days - One practice is held each for each cheer team during a weekday (which varies according to each team).  The first practice week will begin on November 13th. Practice times begin at 5:30 p.m., and the last practice will end by 8:30 p.m.   

Location - All evaluations, cheer times, and practices will be held at the gym of the Downtown, Apex Baptist Church location (110 S. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502).

Registration Links

Click here for the Upward Cheer Registration Form.


Contact our Upward Sports Ministry Associate Reese Miller.