Upward Sports


Registration starts in September 2020 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.

Registration is now closed.

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Due to COVID-19 we will not host our regular camp or academy.  We hope in 2021 we can offer these opportunities again.


SLBC Basketball Academy

From September through October, all athletes in grades 5-8 participate in weekly practices and drills just before fall try-outs begin. All lessons take place at Sugar Land Baptist gym – 16755 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land TX 77479. 


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