Upward Basketball comes to the Heights
What do Cleveland Heights, Kirtland, Solon, Stow, Akron and Willoughby Hills all have in common? …an Upward Basketball (Upward) league.
A league, designed for boys and girls K-6th grade, has started at the new multi-purpose building at the Church of the Saviour on Lee Road. Upward is the world’s largest Christian sports program for children.
The goal is to teach lessons not only on the court, but off. Upward Basketball is a unique league that offers children the opportunity to build athletic skills, make new friends, and learn good sportsmanship in a healthy, competitive environment with guaranteed play time.
“Parents will watch their kids get exercise, have fun and make friends, and learn what’s great about basketball,” says Lauren Lanphear, the League’s director.
The first games will be on Jan. 23 and the league will conclude with an awards celebration on Sunday, March 21, 2010.
Upward Basketball utilizes a unique game format. Games consist of two 18-minute halves and an eight-minute half time. Possession alternates in jump ball situations. There are no timeouts, and ball possession changes at the end of each six minute segment to encourage end of the period shots. Teams are balanced and games are played on time due to these unique rules.
“You will not find the ‘win at all costs’ mentality,” Lanphear says.
Register online at www.chsaviour.org or call 216-321-8880, extension 257 for information or to request a brochure. Registration continues through Dec. 15 and active duty military families receive a discount. League evaluations are Dec. 12, 14 and 15, and are mandatory -- but no prior skills are necessary.
Rhonda Dorfman is a recent arrival to the Heights and a volunteer with Upward Basketball.