Upward Sports is a fun, engaging sports experience for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Our current season includes both basketball and cheerleading, and is open to kids throughout the community.  Upward focuses on skills, character, and sportsmanship while utilizing quality coaching and sport development.  The most important aspect of Upward is the opportunity to teach kids about Jesus through basketball and cheer. Registration opens October 1, with practices beginning in January, so check out the Events page for more information.


One of the best things about Upward is all the friends you make. I enjoy seeing some of the parents of boys I have had on my team throughout the years, and also to see the boys I have coached in the past.  It’s also great to see the boys and girls from the past who are now volunteers in the program. Upward Sports is a great place to get involved here at First Baptist Church of Bethalto.

Tom Jaco

Upward 2020 Registration

Basketball and cheerleading registration is closed. Volunteers can still register.

How Do I Sign Up?

Register online, mail, or bring information to:

First Baptist Church Bethalto
201 S Moreland Rd
Bethalto, IL 62010

Form and registration fee may be dropped off at the church office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The office is closed on Friday and for lunch daily from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Registration Information

  • The registration cost per child for basketball is $75.
  • The registration cost per child for cheerleading is $75.
  • Each additional child in the family can participate for $60.
  • Uniforms are included in the registration cost.
  • Please make checks payable to First Baptist Church.
  • Players/Cheerleaders must be 4 yrs old by October 31 to register.
  • Deadline for registration is October 31.
  • Register early! Teams fill up quickly!

Evaluations and Orientations

Everyone must attend one basketball evaluation or cheerleading orientation. They will take place on the following days at the FBC Bethalto gym:


  • Thursday, November 7, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 9, between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Program Schedule

First Practice – Monday, January 13, 2020

First Game – Saturday, February 8, 2020

Celebration – Saturday, March 28, 2020

    For more information, call the church office at 618-377-6472.

    201 South Moreland Rd, Bethalto IL 62024

    [email protected]



    Sundays at 10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.