Upward Basketball and Cheer Update

November 26, 2023


----------    A Few More Openings – Also, the Waitlist--------

As of today, November 26, there is one opening in each of the 2nd-3rd grade and 4th – 5th grade divisions.  There are also openings for 2 cheerleaders.

If the division is full, you can have your player(s) placed on waitlist at no cost. Often, openings occur within a week or two.

Register at  site  https://registration.upward.org/UPW84631


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

   After you register, contact the League Director, John Beach to schedule a skills evaluation.  Then we’ll place your player on a team.


Divisions 4th-5th and 6th-8th will play man-to-man defense for a half, and any defense (zone, etc) the other half.  Coaches will be offered instruction in December on how to coach both.



All games and practices are at:

Mountainside United Methodist Church

4 Penny Lane

Cedar Crest, NM  87008

Practice Schedule 

Click here for the latest practice schedule

Upward 2023-24 Calendar

The schedule for Upward 2023-24 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.

October 14 to December 31

Late Registration Open

November 6 to January 4, 2024

Pre-Season Practice Sessions
Mon, Tues, Thur 4:00 - 8:30 PM
(Cheers TBD)

December 31

Registration closes

January 5, 2024

Upward Games Begin!!!
Fri 4-8:45 PM
Sat 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

January 8 to February 22

In-Season Practice Sessions, (Cheers TBD) Mon, Tues, Thurs 4:00 - 8:30 PM

February 23 to 24

Last games of season
(subject to makeup games)

March 2


Game Schedule – Coming soon!  Starts January 5

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.


$120 with discounts for each extra players from same family


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 during on-line registration, but you can pay with credit, cash, or check on the evening of the skills evaluation.


Your player will need to attend one skills evaluation after you register. Contact the League Director to schedule a time. 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.

Very soon, we need people to organize the Concessions and Celebration.  Contact John Beach if you’d like to help with either of those.

For next season, if you would consider being a CHEER COACH, Basketball Coach or referee , 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 1 month 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.  Contact John Beach!


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) 





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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