Our society’s sports mentality is harmful to kids. At least that is the thinking of Upward, a youth sports league who is providing a healthy alternative to “win at all costs” sport leagues. Instead of promoting trash talking, on field fights and other disruptive behavior, Upward provides a healthy sporting experience for kids from K5 through sixth grade.
Process and Outcome
“Upward teaches both athletic skills and values for success on and off the playing field-including sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect for authority,” said Upward President Caz McCaslin. “Offering a “frazzle-free” sports experience for families by minimizing the weekly time commitment, Upward creates a convenient, family-friendly atmosphere.”
Healthy Competition, Positive Sports Environment
Upward believes in focusing on healthy competition and a positive sports environment that builds strong self-confidence by equipping churches with everything needed to run a competitive, yet fun sports program for children K5 – sixth grade. Each year, more than one million people from 46 states and four countries play, coach, referee or volunteer in Upward sports league.
Upward does its part to help participants avoid player and parent burnout, by limiting time commitments to one practice and one game per week. Other distinctive aspects of Upward sports leagues include:
- Unique substitution systems that guarantee every child equal playing time
- Skills evaluations for players-prior to team selection-that ensure balanced, competitive teams
- Supportive coaches that bring out the “winner” in every child, regardless of the game’s score
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