FUMC's Upward Soccer League teaches children and families that sports can be a positive experience and the process of competition is just as important as the outcome.
Focusing on healthy competition and positive sports environments that build strong self-confidence, Upward Sports equips churches with everything needed to run a competitive but fun, 8-week soccer program for children currently enrolled in grades Kindergarten through Fourth Grade.
To avoid player and parent burn out, FUMC's Upward Soccer League will limit time commitments to one practice and one game per week. Other distinctive aspects of Upward Sports Leagues include:
- Unique substitution system designed to provide every child equal playing time, competing against an equally matched opponent
- Competitive games with strict adherence to a proprietary drafting system that balances talent on each team
- Supportive coaches that bring out "the winner" in every child regardless of the game's score
Games will begin in April and end in May. The cost to participate is $55 per child, which includes the cost of the jersey. Families with siblings will pay $50 per child.
Evaluations for teams will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in West Monroe, located at 1411 Glenwood Drive.
To register for First United Methodist Church's Upward Soccer League, call the church at (318) 387-0511 or www.fumcwm.org. For more information about Upward Sports visit www.upward.org.