3/13/20 Public Health Statement:

We are following the health safety precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Illinois. As a result, the Lombard Church of the Nazarene will be suspending all services and activities at this time.

The suspended services include: Sunday Services, Sunday School, Small Groups, Board Meetings, Men’s & Women’s Ministries, Senior Adult Events, Upward Basketball, Bake Sales, Savers Drive and any other events until further notice.


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


  • For 1st though 6th Grade Boys and Girls
  • Season begins January 2020
  • Cost to register is $120
  • Your child must be registered and evaluated by November 14th to be placed on a team.
  • Registration fees include reversible jersey, reversible shorts, and Upward t-shirt.
  • 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, etc. 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/UPW69835. Alternatively, you may print the registration form (see the pdf at the bottom of this page) and mail it with your payment (cash or check only) to the church. There is also a drop box attached to the church building where you can place your registration. Please make all checks payable to Lombard Church of the Nazarene.

Church Address:

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 9th anytime between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm  OR

Thursday, November 14th anytime between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

No players will be added after the last evaluation date on November 14th.


Whenever possible, players requesting to carpool will be assigned the same practice night. Carpooling does not guarantee that players will be on the same team. Our goal is to have equally balanced teams based on their evaluations. Players will be matched to the same team as their coaching parent.


Start of registration: September 23, 2019

Evaluations (choose one):

  • Saturday November 9th - 8:00 am to 12:00 noon OR
  • Thursday November 14th - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

First Practice: Monday, January 6, 2020

First Game: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Last Game: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Awards Night: Friday, March 20, 2020


There will be one, 1-hour practice each week starting Monday, January 6, 2020. Practices will be either be on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening at the church.


There will be one, 1-hour game per week on Saturdays starting January 25, 2020. Younger grades start at 8:00 am.


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


We have created a new Upward Facebook Page. Please like and share to spread the word about the new season.

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.