4What’s New This Year !!!! Practice Devotions: Teach Character of Christ through 3 virtues he modeled.1 memory verse studied over 3 weeks.Practice Cards distributed at practices 1, 2, 5, 8 and last one.Share the Gospel at the last practice vs Practice #7.
5None (“Get to Know You” time) Practice NumberVirtueVersePractice 1None (“Get to Know You” time)None (practice card features TeamUpward.com launch information)Practices 2-4CourageBe strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go. Joshua 1:9(NIrV)Practices 5-7RespectShow proper respect to everyone. 1 Peter 2:17a (NIrV)Practices 8-10FaithWe live by believing, not by seeing. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIrV)Last Practice of the SeasonGospel PresentationFor God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
6Practice CardsEach player will receive a practice card at the end of Practices 1, 2, 5, 8 and the last practice.With the exception of the first practice card, each one will contain the Scripture verse being learned for the next two practices as well as an unlock code for TeamUpward.com.The first practice card details does not include a verse, but gives information on how to get registered on TeamUpward.com by including a sport-specific launch code.
7What’s New This Year !!!! Gospel Tool: The Big Story DVD replaces the Gospel toolHanded out at the season celebration.Designed to bring families together to hear the gospel.
8What’s New This Year !!!! MyUpward.org New as of 3/24/11. Detailed and Organized.
9Online Coach Resource (MyUpward.org) The coach resources of MyUpward.org contain everything you need to be a successful Upward Basketball Coach, including:Skills and DrillsWeekly practice devotionsRules unique to Upward BasketballSubstitutionsUpward Basketball Stars – Game day recognition
12What’s New This Year !!!! TeamUpward.com Launch Card Launch card handed out by coach at first practice.Launch code to get onto site.Subsequent cards handed out at practices 2, 5, 8 and last practice.
13What’s New This Year !!!! New Coach Training Guide YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR HANDS NOW!!Use as a reference throughout the season.
14What’s New This Year !!!! Improved Coach Playbooks Located in your Coach Box inside the Team Box.Only contains info needed for practices and games.
15What’s New This Year !!!! Scripture Learning Music Now online at TeamUpward.com.Replaces the Scripture Learning CD.Everyone has access to this now!!!
16What’s New This Year !!!! Coach & Referee Videos Online: Now online at MyUpward.org.Replaces the DVD in the coach playbook.
17What’s New This Year !!!! What are our colors? Our colors this year are………..
18What’s New This Year !!!!Blue and Orange (Boise State Colors)
19Rules Unique to Upward Basketball The game format, rules for game play and substitution system which are unique to Upward Basketball are designed to provide the best sports experience for every child.Except where the rules to Upward Basketball apply, play is governed by the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) Rules Book (www. nfhs.org).
20Rules for Game PlayMan-to-man defense will be played at all times. Zone defenses are not allowed. In most cases, players are guarding the opponent that closely matches ability and height, creating a more competitive system for all on the court.Defensive players must stay within arm’s reach of the player they’re guarding. (Isolation plays are not part of Upward Basketball because they take away the opportunity for all players to improve. This would contradict the spirit of the rules.)
21Rules for Game PlayDouble teaming is not allowed. However, help defense is strongly encouraged in the following instances:Offensive Picks and Screens – Defensive switching is allowed on offensive picks and screens. The non-screened defender can help his or her teammate by temporarily switching until the teammate recovers to defend his or her offensive player. This is commonly referred to as “help and recover”.Fast Breaks – During any fast break (when the team that gains possession pushes quickly into the opponent’s end of the court), another defensive player not assigned to the ball handler may help in order to slow or stop the fast break. Upon stopping the fast break, defenders should return to guarding their assigned players.Lane Area – If a defender is in the lane and the player he or she is guarding is within arm’s reach, the defender is allowed to provide help defense.
22Rules for Game PlayAt the beginning of each six-minute segment, both coaches should line up the players at mid-court and match them up by ability without giving verbal cues. This act is performed to promote equal player match-ups. If both coaches and referees foresee a match-up problem due to position and height, players can be shuffled around to create a better game situation.Full-court presses are not allowed. Defensive players may not guard their opponents in the backcourt. This creates an equal opportunity for each child to participate both on offense and defense.Due to the shortness of the court in cross court play, backcourt violation will not be called. However, backcourt violation will be called when playing on a regulation-size court (84 feet). The offense must purposefully attack the defense in every situation – no stalling. After a warning from the referee, a violation will be called resulting in a turnover.
23Rules for Game PlayThe offense must purposefully attack the defense in every situation – no stalling. After a warning from the referee, a violation will be called resulting in a turnover.8. Referees will call and explain all violations. This is done because referees serve as “on the floor coaches” teaching players what is and is not acceptable on the court. The detail of explanations will vary according to the age group and understanding of the players and should decrease as the season progresses.9. When possible, referees will advise players of potential violations before the violation occurs. Doing this often prevents a violation from occurring.
24Rules for Game Play10. The three second restriction (lane violation) only called for full court games. However, coaches and referees should encourage offensive movement in and out of the lane area.11. No technical fouls or protest of games. These go against the spirit of Upward Basketball. Coaches and referees should instead follow the example in the Circle of Affirmation.12. No score will be given for a basket in the wrong goal. It will be treated as a turnover. This will prevent further embarrassing a player for making this mistake.
25Rules for Game Play13. Non-shooting fouls result in the ball being taken out on the side by the offended team (no bonus rule). All shooting fouls result in free throws. By not administering “bonus” situation free throws, this allows all players on the court to contribute to consistent game action.14. The game clock runs continuously.
281. Devotions should be shared at the beginning of practice? Ans: False2. A player who misses practice can still play in the game on Saturday?Ans: True3. A Coach should stay at practice until all players are picked up?Ans: True
294. Because devotions are shared with children, there is no need to prepare ahead of time? Ans: False5. Scripture learning is a team effort?Ans: True6. The best players start every game and then substitute in the players with the most room for improvement?Ans: False
307. Every player should receive every color star by the end of the season? Ans: True8. After the game, parents should join the players when the game day stars are awarded?Ans: True9. Negative reinforcement is appropriate if the coach is trying to motivate a player to play at a higher level?Ans: False
3110. Substitutions during the last segment of the game can be changed if it gives your team an opportunity to win the game?Ans: False11. If a player does not try hard during a segment, it is appropriate to sit that player out of the next segment even if the player is scheduled to be in the game?Ans: False