UPWARD FAQ’S

Frequently Asked Questions

What Upward sports do you offer?
We offer Soccer, Basketball with Cheerleading and Flag Football with Cheerleading.
 
What is the difference between Upward Sports and Upward Stars?
Upward Sports is the Upward Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football, and Cheer program that Hillcrest offers to all children in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Upward Stars is the performance division of Upward that currently offers Basketball Clinics, Camps, and Developmental Programs to the greater Jacksonville area. Visit their website at www.UpwardStarsJacksonville.org

Do the boys and girls play together?

Yes, all of our sports at Hillcrest are coed meaning boys and girls play together on the same team.

Will my 2nd grader be playing with a 5th grader?

No; we divide the kids up into divisions with other kids around their grade level. 2nd graders may play with 1st graders or even 3rd graders. That is the same with every grade level from Kindergarten through 6th grade.

When does the Upward Season Start?

Soccer – Registration starts in July, Evaluations are in August, Practices begin at the end of August. Games begin in September. Basketball and Cheerleading – Registration begins in October, Evaluations are in November, Practices begin at the end of November, Games begin in December. Flag Football and Cheerleading – Registration starts in January, Evaluations are in February, Practices and Games start in March.

When are Practices? Games?

Practices can fall on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays (depending on team placement). Games are always on Saturdays.

How long are the Practices? Games?

Practices and Games are one hour each. Practices run for 10 weeks and Games run for 8 weeks.

How many times a week does my child practice? Have Games?

Your child will only practice one day a week; Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday and will only play one game a week on Saturday.

What time will my child practice?

Soccer – Practices begin at 6pm

Flag Football – Practices begin at 6 or 7pm

Basketball – Practices begin at 6 or 7pm

What time will my child play their game?

This will depend on their grade, we typically begin with the younger teams first and work our way through the day up to the oldest division. Games usually begin about 8:30am and sometimes will finish into the evening.

Where are the practices held? Games?

Soccer – Practices and Games will be held at the Hillcrest Fields in front of the church.

Flag Football – Practices and Games will be held at the Hillcrest Fields in front of the church.

Basketball – Practices and Games will be held in the Hillcrest Gym.

When does my child get their uniform?

Your child will receive their uniform no later than the first game of the season.

What equipment will my child need?

Soccer – We will provide the socks and uniform. You will need to provide shin guards and cleats.

Flag Football – We will provide the flags, uniform, and wristbands. You will need to provide your child cleats (no metal cleats allowed) and a mouth guard. We recommend buying more than one mouth guard!

Basketball – We will provide the uniform. You will need to provide your child with appropriate athletic shoes.

What if my child can’t make the evaluation days; can he still play?

Unfortunately, Evaluations are mandatory. In an effort to create competitively even matched teams, the evaluation process is critical.

How many evaluation days does my kid have to attend?

Your child only has to attend one evaluation day.

Can I choose the day my child will be evaluated?

You can bring your child to any one of the evaluation days that we have scheduled.

How long does the Evaluation process take?

Anywhere between 20 – 30 minutes depending on the amount of players that arrive at the same time.