This guide will help you know what to expect on Upward Game Days!
— Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your game. When you arrive, look for your coach and teammates!
— During the game you may notice coaches using phones and iPads. They are using the Upward Game Day App which helps them manage the game!
— For our younger players (K5 – Grade 4) we use a Substitution System to make sure each player plays at least half of every game!
— At halftime players leave the floor to go huddle with their coaches. Fans in the stands will enjoy a special Upward Halftime Activity designed to entertain and inspire! Please give your attention to the leader. Several games will also enjoy a halftime performance by our cheerleaders!
— During the game please refrain from criticizing or yelling at our referees. This initiates a Circle of Criticism that has a negative effect on everyone and changes the atmosphere in our gyms.
— After the game please join your team and your coach for a post game huddle that will include the Star Presentation Ceremony! The stars should be ironed on your Upward T-shirt.
Worst part of youth/kids sports: the ride home!
The parent should ask “Did you have fun?” and “Did you try your best?” and “Were you a good person out there?” Parents let their child drive the conversation. If they want to talk about the game, let them talk, but do not be the one forcing the conversation. The ride home can begin to take the joy out of playing youth sports for many kids if handled poorly. Click here to watch the video!