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


You have 2 options to register for Upward Basketball.  You can register starting October 1, 2017 at http://registration.upward.org/UPW65377 or you can print the .pdf registration form to the left and mail 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 Avenue (N. Route 53)

Lombard, IL  60148

The cost to register is $120. All registrations must be received by November 9th 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.


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 4, 2017 anytime between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm OR

Thursday, November 9, 2017 anytime between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

No players will be added after the last evaluation date on November 10th.


Start of registration: October 1, 2017

Evaluation dates (attend only one): Saturday November 4th - 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon OR Thursday November 9th - 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: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Game: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Upward Sunday: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Last Game: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Awards Night: Friday, March 16, 2018

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.


We are asking prospective coaches to email us as soon as possible so we can plan for our leagues. Please fill out the Coach’s Application to the ledft and send it back to us at upward@lombardchurch.org.

All coaches (experienced and new) will be asked to attend one Coaches Training.

Choose One:

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

We will ask coaches to choose their own practice time (within our available slots) during coaches training. Teams will be practicing on only one of three available days: Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. We are tentatively considering time slots starting at 5:00 PM, and no practice going later than 9:00 PM.

We know that coaches will have various skill levels so we will work to pair up coaches to achieve the focus intended in Upward – both skill and character development.

Thank you for being a part of Upward Basketball this season. Please contact us at upward@lombardchurch.org if you have any questions.


There will be one, 1-hour practice each week starting the week of January 2, 2018. Practices will either be on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening at the church.


There will be one, 1-hour game per week on Saturdays starting January 20, 2018. Younger grades start at 8:00 am.


All of our Upward Families will be invited to a special service on Sunday, February 11, 2018.



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