The dates and times on this page are subject to
After registration closes, can my child still
join a team?
After registration closes, we will start a waiting list.
Using that list, we will start placing players on teams that are in need
of players. If you would like to be put on the waiting list,
please send the following information to Gail Mixon at
Parent's name and phone number
Player's current grade
Player's gender (we can't always tell by the name).
Player's height in inches
Player's skill level on a scale of 1 to 10 where 5
is average for the players age and gender.
What is included in the league fee?
The following items are included with or provided by the league
Uniform (t-shirt, jersey, shorts)
A star that can be put on the player's shirt for each game.
An end-of-season prize.
Officials (Coaches officiate our games. We may use some paid
officials with our older divisions.)
TEAM PICTURES ARE NOT INCLUDED
During online registration I was
asked to list a preferred coach. Can I pick my child's coach?
No. You can only pick the child's coach if it is that
child's own parent. In that case, list the parent's name in the
preferred coach box.
Will my child get the same
coach as last year?
No. All returning players will be assigned a new coach.
Another parent and I want to
coach together. How do we indicate that during registration?
When registering your child, you can indicate this in the
preferred coach box. Type your name and then "coach with" and the
name of the parent you would like to coach with. That coach should
also indicate that when registering his/her child. We will link
the two coaches together by linking their two children together.
These players will not be allowed to select a link with another
player. Coach links will not be granted after players have been
drafted to teams unless that information was indicated during
registration or on the coach application.
Some Upward Leagues allow
players one carpool link with another child. Is this allowed at
No. We can only link two players whose parents want to
coach together (see previous question).
If my child is not yet in
Kindergarten can s(he) still play?
This year we are starting a PreK4-5 division. It is
possible that this division will be co-ed. Players in this
division cannot be in Kindergarten yet and must be at least 4 years old
by September 1, 2009. Children who were not 4 by this date will
not be allowed to play.
How many games are included in
There will be a total of 8 games: 2 in December and the
remainder in January and February. Most all of the games will be played on
Saturdays. Please see the Upward Key
Dates page for more details.
Where will the games be played?
All games will be played at Prestonwood's Sports and Fitness Center or
a gym close by.
How many practices are included
in the season?
There will be a total of 10 practices starting in mid-November. There will be one practice per week. There will be NO
practices Wed - Sat the week of Thanksgiving and NO practices the week of Christmas.
See the Upward Key Dates page for more specific information.
Where will practices take place?
Practices will be at Prestonwood's Sports and Fitness Center. There may be some exceptions. To cut down on confusion we
prefer that practice time and location remain the same each week.
My child cannot make it to the evaluation
day. What should we do?
There are two evaluation dates listed on the key dates page. It
is important that you try your best to make one of these. If there
is absolutely no way possible, please email Gail Mixon at
email@example.com for additional information on what to do.
What are the goal heights?
PreK4-5 and Kindergarten is 7.5 feet; 1st and 2nd grade is 8 feet; 3rd
and 4th grade is 9 feet; 5th and 6th grade is 10 feet. If two
grades that play on different goal heights are combined, the goal height
will be set at the younger grade's height.
What size ball does Upward use?
All divisions except kindergarten boys and girls
and younger use the women's
size (28.5") ball. The PreK 4-5 Division and the Kindergarten Division uses a 27.0" ball.
Are league standings kept?
No. Every child is a winner.
What are the age divisions?
While we try to limit each division to one grade level, each
year we must combine some grades in order to have enough teams in that
division. This happens mostly with the girls and the older boys.
Except in our PreK 4-5 Division, we never combine boys and girls into the same division where they will
play with or against each other.
Do you still need coaches?
Yes, we need coaches and assistant coaches, as well as
referees. Please contact our executive director, Gail Mixon at
I would like to coach, what do I
A volunteer (coach) application can be downloaded
HERE. This PDF
form was created so that you could type in your information and save it. Simply
complete in detail and email to Gail Mixon at
Also, if you want to coach with someone else, please let Gail know when
you send in the application. If you have trouble typing in the
information, just print the form, fill it out the old fashioned way and
fax to Gail at 972-820-5200.
I am a returning coach, do I need
to attend coaches training?
Yes, all returning coaches should attend one of the coach training
FYI - All head coaches who attend the coach training will receive a free gift
from Dick's Sporting Goods.
I am a returning coach, do I need
to fill out a coach application if I filled one out last year?
Yes, please fill out the information on all pages. Our updated
application will be used for all sports. Save the file after
typing in the information and use it from season to season. You
should be able to resubmit the same form after updating only the
information that has changed.
I am coaching in the Upward
League and the Mavericks League, do I need to fill out a coach
application for both?
No; we are using the same form for both leagues. However, please
indicate that you will be coaching in both leagues on that form.
I don't want to coach but would
like to help. Do you need other types of volunteers?
Yes! Our league only runs because of those who volunteer to help
make it run. If you are interested in helping, we can find a place
that is right for you. Please contact Gail Mixon, Upward
League Executive Director, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary Dutka, Upward League Commissioner, at
If a team practice is cancelled
can that practice be made up?
From time to time a team's practice has to be cancelled due to weather,
other events, etc. However, in most cases, these practices cannot
be made up. If this happens to your team, the head coach needs to
contact the Practice Night Director at his practice location to
determine if an alternate practice can be scheduled.
What are the primary differences in the Maverick League and Upward?
differences have to do with the traditional game of basketball and the age
groups offered. Some examples are:
In the Mavericks League you can bring in formed
teams while in the Upward League players can only sign up as
individuals and are placed on teams by the league.
The Mavericks League plays on a regulation court
with paid referees. The Upward League plays on smaller courts
in the younger divisions and the coaches referee the games.
In Upward every player plays an equal amount of
time. In Mavericks each player is only guaranteed 1 ½ quarters
The goal heights differ in each league. You
can find the goal height for each league on the FAQ page.
In the Mavericks League all forms of defense are
allowed along with pressing (pressing rules differ between the age
divisions). There is no pressing allowed in the Upward League
and all teams are required to play man-to-man defense.
In the Mavericks League we keep score and post
standings on our website. Teams are seeded into an
end-of-season championship tournament based on their season record.
In the Upward League we do not keep league standings and our younger
divisions do not keep score. Upward does not have a
Mavericks divisions are based on age (the age date
is September 1st) while the Upward divisions are based on grade.
In general the Upward League provides more of a
recreational atmosphere while the Mavericks League will provide more
situations with competitive pressure.
We strongly encourage the beginning players to play
in the Upward League before trying the Mavericks League.
I have questions not answered
here. How do I get those questions addressed?
If you have additional questions please contact Gail Mixon at