The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

November 7, 2013

A Rich Kelly column: It’s time to again look Upward

JEFFERSON — It’s time for the 11th season of Upward Basketball and Cheerleading at the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene.

The church is located at 55 East Satin St. in Jefferson. The program is open for boys and girls from kindergarten through sixth grades.

It is a non-denominational program designed to simply introduce some Bible lessons to kids through a short devotional program each week while teaching simple basketball and cheering skills as well.

Cost of the program is $70. The fee covers a full uniform for participants, including t-shirts for players and mock turtlenecks for cheerleaders. Practices will be held on Monday or Tuesday evenings, and begin Dec. 2. Games begin on Jan. 4 and continue for eight weeks, with the season-ending award program set for March 8.

Children must go through an evaluation session on either Nov. 10 from 2-5 p.m., or Nov. 11 from 6-8.

The Upward system for basketball involves all players being evaluated in seven categories of basic skills. Teams then are assigned according to those scores by a central computer system at Upward headquarters in Spartanburg, S.C., on an equally competitive basis.

Players are guaranteed equal playing time according to their skill evaluations, providing regular playing time in games with equal opportunities, depending on their evaluation scores, to start games as well.

The devotionals are simply Bible verses designed to open new opportunities to children without engaging any specific denominational doctrines that might defer from previously taught items within their own church families.

It is possible to register online at the church website, www.jeffnaz.org. Connect to links under children’s ministries and follow prompts in that direction. Participants also can go to www.registration.upward.org/UPW53929 to register online. Bring fees and forms to the evaluations this coming weekend.

There will be forms at the registrations, as well, and children from several local school districts will be bringing forms home. This project is not limited to Jefferson students.

Due to policy changes in Jefferson school systems for getting information to parents in system schools, the students may not be bringing home application brochures.

More information can be obtained by calling director Steve Niro at 862-2204 or his email address at steveniro73@gmail.com. I can also help at 576-2515 or 228-1827, or messaging at heavensthunder@centurylink.net. The church office also has information at 536-8575.

Kelly is a freelance writer from Jefferson. Reach him at heavensthunder@centurylink.net.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Jefferson flying high

    Jefferson boys track coach T.J. Furman didn’t know what to expect from his young team coming into the 2014 season.

    April 20, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    BOYS TRACK
    NON-CONFERENCE
    Jefferson 130, Pymatuning Valley 88, Springfield 75, Southeast 73.50, LaBrae 67, Liberty 56.50, Conneaut 44, Maplewood 39, Chalker 32, Windham 18
    at LaBrae

    April 20, 2014

  • Advantage, Diemer

    Every pitcher wants to get the advantage against every batter she faces. Edgewood lefty Taylor Diemer gave herself that edge and it proved to be key as the Warriors topped Madison, 1-0, Friday at Edgewood.

    April 19, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    SOFTBALL
    NON-CONFERENCE
    Edgewood 1, Madison 0
    at Edgewood

    April 19, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    SATURDAY, APRIL 19
    Baseball

    Brookfield at Conneaut (1)
    Grand Valley at Berkshire (10)
    Chardon at Madison (DH, 11)
    Edgewood at Fairport (11)
    West Geauga at Riverside (11)

    April 19, 2014

  • Spartans knock around Dragons

    After being cooped up in gymnasiums for the better part of the season so far, the Conneaut and Lakeside softball teams were just happy to get onto a diamond. Playing for the first time in nearly a week, the Spartans toppled the Dragons, 11-2, Thursday afternoon at Lakeside.

    April 18, 2014

  • PV can’t get past Mathews

    Thursday afternoon at Pymatuning Valley, the visiting Mathews Mustangs were able to do what every coach hopes for — execute. They played a clean game from start to finish in every facet of the game, and that carried the Mustangs to an 8-2 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    BASEBALL
    NAC
    Matthews 8, PV 2
    at PV

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    FRIDAY, APRIL 18
    Baseball

    Geneva at Edgewood (11)
    Niles McKinley at Edgewood (5)
    Conneaut at Lakeside (4:30)
    Madison at Euclid (4:30)
    Softball
    Madison at Edgewood (4:30)
    Geneva at Mentor (10, DH)
    Tennis
    Conneaut at Madison (4)

    April 18, 2014

  • Justin Butler Justin time

    It was just four short years ago that Justin Butler was spending his fall on a soccer field.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Week in Review April 14 to 19
Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video