Upward is a fun, reliable, passionate and encouraging sports experience for boys and girls, in 1st through 6th grade. Upward is designed to reveal the winner in every child. Every child plays. Every child learns. Every child IS a Winner!




Through Upward Basketball, children are exposed to quality coaching and sport development. Upward provides first class, organized and detailed sports programming. Unique aspects of Upward include an evaluation system that promotes equal and competitive teams as well as a substitution system which allows for equal playing time for all participants. Upward emphasizes character and integrity instead of a “win at all costs” mentality associated with today’s sports world.

J. Pienkos, League Director


Registration is now open for the 2019 Upward Basketball Season! Upward Basketball is for boys and girls grades 1-6. The cost to register is $120. Your child must be registered and evaluated by November 15th to be placed on a team. Registration fees include reversible jersey, reversible shorts, Upward t-shirt and a player kit. There is a $10 discount for each additional player in the same household. The first player's registration cost is $120 the second's is $110, the third player's is $100 and the fourth player's registration cost is $90. This will be done automatically if you register online. Please contact us at upward@lombardchurch.org if you have any questions.

You have two options to register. You can register and pay online at https://registration.upward.org/UPW67334 or you can print the .pdf registration form on the left menu bar. Mail your form and payment (cash or check only) to the church or place it in the drop box attached to the church building. Please make all checks payable to Lombard Church of the Nazarene.

Lombard Church of the Nazarene Attn: Upward Registration, 536 N. Columbine Ave. (N. Route 53), Lombard, IL 60148


Every player must attend one basketball evaluation to be placed on a team. The evaluation process takes 15-20 minutes. Wait times will increase if you come at a busy time. Busiest time is Thursday from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Choose One: 

Saturday, November 10th anytime between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm OR

Thursday, November 15th anytime between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

No players will be added after the last evaluation date on November 15th.


Players will be matched to the same team as their coaching parent. Whenever possible, players requesting to carpool will be assigned to practice on the same day; however, those who carpool are not guaranteed to practice during the same hour or to play on the same team.


Start of registration: September 17, 2019

Evaluation dates (attend only one): 

Saturday November 10th - 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon OR 

Thursday November 15th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

There will be no players added after the last evaluation, and all players must be evaluated.

First Practice: Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Game: Saturday, January 19, 2019

Last Game: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Awards Night: Friday, March 15, 2015


There will be one, 1-hour practice each week starting Saturday, January 5, 2019. Practices will then be either be on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening at the church. 


There one, 1-hour game per week on Saturdays starting January 19, 2019. Younger grades start at 8:00 am.


Limited partial scholarships are available based on financial review. Please email upward@lombardchurch.org for more information.

This is a volunteer-based program that we enjoy providing to our community. We could not have a program without your support, and we greatly appreciate you and your family. Thank you for being a part of Upward Basketball. Please let us know if you have any questions upward@lombardchurch.org.


We will be updating Upward Sunday 2019 date and information as it becomes available.



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