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Our Vision: Using sports, we will live out Jesus’ challenge in the Great Commission because

“Somewhere in a cave the story about a Man needs to be told."

Our Mission: Promoting the Discovery of Jesus Through Sports

Welcome to the First Baptist Wentzville's Upward Sports Ministry!
Sports are a great way for children to learn about teamwork, respect for authority and sportsmanship. The sad part is all those things are being lost in today's sporting society. With an Upward Sport, these key essentials are included to create the best sporting experience for every child that participates. Upward Sports are designed to reveal the winner in every child. The 2014 season marked the sixth season for Upward Sports here at FBCW, and we're excited to bring you a sports experience like no other.

Upcoming Youth Sports Programs:

*2015 Recreational Basketball & Cheerleading for K5 - 8th Grade Boys & Girls
Registration for the 2015 Basketball & Cheerleading season is now open.
To register, bring a completed registration form to the appropriate evaluation, listed below and on the left side of the form

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All participants must attend an Evaluation/Orientation. Please plan on this process taking about one hour. SAVE TIME BY REGISTERING EARLY. Evaluations will take place at:
United Methodist Church
725 Wall Street in Wentzville, as follows:

**Cheerleaders (K through 8th grade) and families with children in multiple divisions may come any date listed below. If you have a 5th-8th grader, please come on Saturday.

Kindergarten, 3rd and 4th Grade Boys/Girls
Thursday, November 6, ANYTIME BETWEEN 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Boys/Girls
Friday, November 7, ANYTIME BETWEEN 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
5th through 8th Grade Boys/Girls
Saturday, November 8, FROM 9:00 a.m. TO 11:00 a.m.

*2014 Basketball Academy for 4th - 8th Grade Boys and Girls

Registration for the 2014 Upward Basketball Academy is now closed
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*2014 Recreational Fall Soccer for Pre-K4 through 6th Grade Boys and Girls
Registration for the 2014 Soccer season is now closed.
Use the "Contact Upward" link at top left for more information

*Special Needs Sports Opportunities
Open to children through age 21 with developmental delays and disabilities, of any ability or mobility, our "Shining Stars" teams provide a positive and encouraging environment in which to play and learn the sport with a 1:1 adult/child ratio, as needed per child. For a downloadable information sheet Click Here. To register for the Shining Stars team, register above and indicate "Shining Stars" in the comments section. For additional questions, please contact us using the link at top left. In the meantime, enjoy the video below for a glimpse into what our Shining Stars division looks like.

Shining Stars Video


How has the Upward Sports ministry affected you or your family? Have you witnessed a God moment or service that exceeds expectations?
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The Expectation of God Moments - We believe that God is at work all around us.
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The Life of Integrity - We believe that how we live is more important than what we say.
Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The Opportunity to Serve - We believe that it is a privilege to serve others.
Mark 10:45 - For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

The Discipline of Excellence - We believe in serving that exceeds expectations.
Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.


The Priority of Children - We believe that Every Child Is A Winner.
Matthew 18:14 - In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

Mirrors Or Windows Music Video
Click on the video below to be challenged to deepen your relationship with Christ

Upward Sports Basketball & Upward Sports Cheerleading offer a break from the norm. The primary focus of Upward Sports is to develop the Winner in EVERY child, not just a few. By keeping this goal in mind, we're able to build a league that promotes salvation, character, and self-esteem in all who participate.

Upward Sports is an evangelistic sports ministry specifically designed for K-5 through 8th Grade Boys and Girls. Upward Sports Basketball seeks to develop the self-esteem of each participant, while teaching respect for authority, sportsmanship, character, and athletic skills of the sport.

Upward Sports Cheerleading is an evangelistic sports ministry specifically designed for K-5 through 8th Grade Boys and Girls. Upward Sports Cheerleading is designed to be done in conjunction with Upward Sports Basketball. Upward Sports Cheerleading seeks to develop the self-esteem of each participant, while teaching respect for authority, sportsmanship, character, and cheerleading skills.

- Training coaches and referees to minister by teaching and encouraging.
- Maximizing the family schedule by allowing for only practice and a one-hour game each week.
- Using a set substitution system to give all players equal playing time.
- Not keeping score in the K-5 and 1st & 2nd grade divisions.
- Not maintaining league standings through 4th grade.
- Exposing players to Bible-based character truths at practice and sharing devotions with spectators at each game.
- Encouraging each participant with a game-day award following every game.
- Seeking to incorporate participants and their families into a local church after the season is complete.




FAQs For Parents
What age group is Upward Sports for and what sports are currently offered?
Upward Sports is designed for K-5 through 8th grade children. Current Upward Sports programs include Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football, and Cheerleading (in conjunction with Basketball and Flag Football). At this time, First Baptist Church Wentzville is offering Basketball & Cheerleading.

How much does it cost for my child to participate in Upward Sports Basketball & Cheerleading?
Through the cooperative partnering agreement between FBC-W and FBC-O, the early registration fee for Upward Sports Basketball or Cheerleading is $80. The early registration deadline is October 27, 2013. After October 27th, the registration fee increases by $10. The registration deadline is To view the league calendar, CLICK HERE To view a list of items each participant receives, CLICK HERE


How much of a time commitment is this on our family?
Children through 4th grade will have a one hour practice on one night during the week starting the first week in January, with games starting a few weeks after the first practice. Children in 5th-8th grade will have one 90-minute practice on one night during the week. Games are one hour on Saturdays for 8 weeks. With busy family schedules, this setup is ideal, and we continue to hear that it works great for volunteers, participants, and families. Please understand that if you're registering multiple children in our league, we can make no guarantee that your child's practices will be on the same night.


In other sports leagues, my child did not get to play as much as other children. How is an Upward Sports league different in that regard?
Upward Sports trains its church partners to implement a league that ensures all registered children will play. As coaches are trained on the Upward Sports substitution system, they are given parameters for substituting players in and out of the game. For players through 4th grade, the substitution system provides every child the opportunity to be in the starting lineup, requires no child to sit out back-to-back segments, and allows every child to play at least half of the game. For players 5th-8th grade, every child is guaranteed to play 1/4 of the game and make an appearance in both halves. This enhanced substitution system for the older players begins to prepare them for basketball at the high school level, while still ensuring every child plays.


What can I expect from coaches in an Upward Sports league?
Upward Sports, FBC-W and FBC-O understand that for most participants and their families, the difference between a good and bad sports league experience is the coach. The role of the coach is to uphold the VALUES OF UPWARD SPORTS. Their success is not determined by wins and losses, but by how they convey the love of Christ to each participant.

Not My Vision Music Video
Click on the video below to watch a short video from founder and President of Upward Sports