Upward Sports


Upward Basketball/Cheer league is for all children in grades 1-6. Scholarships are available. Basketball teams are divided formed based on grade and gender; there are 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 grade divisions. 1-2 grade plays on an 8′ goal using a 27.5″ ball; 3-4 grade play on 9′ goal with a 28.5″ ball; and 5-6 play on 10′ goal and the 28.5″ ball using full middle school basketball rules. We follow the Upward 360 Progression for most all game rules. Our cheer squad is open to all girls in grades 1-6. Volunteer coaches and referees are needed!

Registration has closed for the upcoming Upward Basketball/Cheer league season. Email upward@sugarlandbaptist.org to check on availability of spots.



As we gear up for another fall, we are excited to offer our  6th Annual SLBC Basketball Academy for all grade 4-8 athletes with Coach Doug. Just in time for fall try-out season, the academy meets for practice and drills from 5-7pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning September 14 and finishing October 7. All sessions are led by Coach Doug, long time SLBC member and retired Dulles HS varsity girls coach. Cost is $185. Email Coach Doug for additional information or if you have other questions.

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Each June, we offer our annual Upward Camp for all children in grades 3-8. All campers receive a camp t-shirt, water bottle, basketball, and poster. Morning camp for grades 3-5 is from 9am-12pm. Afternoon camp for grades 6-8 is 1-4pm. Our Upward Master Coach is Doug Lechtenberger, who recently retired from 20+ years coaching Fort Bend Dulles Varsity Girls basketball. Coach Doug and his wife, Coach Brenda, lead the camps and academy. Coach Doug is available for private and group lessons year round – contact Coach Doug.



Upward Ministry Web Site 

Upward Stars – Houston

Upward Ministry Mission Partner – Rice Bowls