CFUMC Upward Sports

Hello Upward Soccer Parents:

Thank you all so much for your patience and wonderful words of encouragement over the last few weeks. This has certainly not been a “normal” season for us and we are thinking of our sweet participants daily and praying for good health for you all. CFUMC Upward Sports has always been a place of fun, great sportsmanship, love for God and love for others. We are eternally thankful for your continued support of our program.

In order to provide a terrific season for the Upward Soccer participants we are moving this Upward Soccer season to Fall 2020. We look to begin practices around the week of August 17th, as long as there are no unforeseen circumstances. Making this move would do the following:


1.Provide an opportunity to have a full fun season for our current participants

2.Provide an opportunity for other children to sign up (make even more new friends).  We will re-open sign ups for the Fall. 

3.Give parents enough time to feel good about being in a large group setting with their children


We will continue to send updates as they become available.


As a reminder of God’s love for us:


“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV


We look forward to seeing you in the Fall and pray continued blessings for you all!

Be Blessed!

Barbara Ledbetter

CFUMC Upward Director


Upward is a sport’s ministry which began in 1995 by Caz McCaslin to promote Jesus Christ through sports.  We believe that every child is a winner and should have the opportunity to play and grow in each sport.  Cumming First United Methodist Church started our Upward Basketball with Cheerleading Program in the Winter of 2003.  Since then,  we’ve added both soccer and flag football with cheerleading.  We believe that skills and values for success for life can be taught on the court or field including: sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity, and respect for authority.  We put Christ at the center of our practices and games by having a devotion at each gathering.  We invite parents to get involved with their kids in our programs.  We always need coaches, team moms, and referees.  We will pair coaches together so you are not alone and have a support system in place.  Please feel free to contact Barbara Ledbetter, CFUMC’s Upward Director at or by phone at 770-887-2900 ext. 236.


no flag football/cheerleading registration. We will be doing Fall Soccer- if you are interested - contact Barbara Ledbetter

REGISTRATION will open for CFUMC Upward Flag Football in May!

More about our programs

Football with Cheerleading

CFUMC Upward Flag Football/Cheerleading is a terrific sport to get your kids back into the swing of things right before school starts back in the fall.  Registration begins in May and will end mid-July.  Practices will begin at the end of July, and the league will end in mid-October.

There will be seven games scheduled and all games and practices are held at the CFUMC fields behind the student center.

If your child has any issues playing on-level sports, you must contact Barbara Ledbetter, CFUMC Upward Sports Director.

Ages for this sport: K-7th Grade

All players will need cleats and mouthguards.

Basketball with Cheerleading

Registrations begin at the first of September and end in mid-October. Practices will begin at the beginning of November and the season will conclude around the first of February with a huge Celebration Sunday experience.

Ages for this sport:  5 (by Sept  1 of the current year)  through 8th grade (co-ed).

Your child will need a comfortable pair of athletic shoes for both basketball and cheerleading.

There will be eight scheduled games and all games and practices are held at the CFUMC gym.  

If your child has any issues playing on-level sports, you must contact Barbara Ledbetter, CFUMC Upward Sports Director.


CFUMC Upward Soccer is a terrific way to get your younger children involved with sports.  Our ages are 3 years old (by Feb 1, of the current year) through 6th grade (co-ed). Registration for soccer begins at the beginning of January and the deadline for registration is mid-February.  We begin practicing at the end of February, and the season will end mid-May.

All games and practices are held on the CFUMC fields.

Your child will need shin guards and cleats for this sport.

If your child has any issues playing on-level sports, you must contact Barbara Ledbetter, CFUMC Upward Sports Director.


CFUMC UPWARD SPORTS NOW HAS ONLINE REGISTRATION!  Please be mindful that online registration will end prior to evaluations.  Registration for CFUMC Upward Soccer will begin on January 4th.   Online registration will end on February 10th.  You may be able to still register at evaluations (see registration form) if there is still room available.   The new online registration process should make registering more efficient and painless!  

Here is some information that may be helpful for you:

  • Ages for this sport: 3 (by Feb. 1, 2020-6th Grade (co-ed)
  • We cannot guarantee car pool links.
  • Practices begin the week of March 2nd.
  • First Game Day is March 21st.
  • Last Game Day is May 2nd (Season Celebration right after games)
  • Please note: we will have a couple “in the week games.”
  • We try to put siblings on the same practice night if at all possible.

Please note:  If your child has any issues playing on-level sports, you must make an appointment with the Upward Sports Director (Barbara Ledbetter) to sign up for any of our three sport programs.

Should you have questions, email: or call 770-887-2900 ext. 236.