Upward Sports


Registration starts in September 2019 for our annual Upward Basketball/Cheer league for all children in grades 1-6. 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.

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SLBC Basketball Academy

Registration is now open for our annual basketball academy with Coach Doug.  From September 3 through October 3, all athletes in grades 5-8 to participate in weekly practices and drills just before fall try-outs begin. The Academy runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7pm. Cost is $185. All lessons take place at Sugar Land Baptist gym – 16755 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land TX 77479. For additional information contact upward@sugarlandbaptist.org.



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.

For additional information or league questions contact  upward@sugarlandbaptist.org.



Upward Stars is the next level to the Upward 360 Progression – providing unique programs designed to adapt and expand with each athlete as they develop in their personal athletic journey. Each program incorporates intense practice sessions, high-level coaching, character lessons, and a service project. Contact Leon Blazer, Upward Stars Director for additional information.



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Upward Ministry Mission Partner – Rice Bowls