Grow In Your Faith

Teams are forming now for basketball and cheer on all campuses for fall 2024.

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NextGen Sports is a uniquely designed sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys. The program develops total athletes through character building, player development and the formation of deep relationships between teammates and coaches.

NextGen Sports is developmental and focused on advancing knowledge and skill in the sport as well as character and faith maturation. Our values emphasize:

Sustainability: Fostering long-term growth over short-term performance
1Timothy 4:10-16

Perseverance: Promoting hard work and resolve even in the face of challenges or difficulties
Joshua 1:9

Purposefulness: Identifying “success” for oneself, acknowledging benefits beyond results, discerning God’s “game plan”
Hebrews 12:1-2 and Galatians 6:4

Ethics: Supporting teamwork, sportsmanship, accountability, respect of self and others, self-control, discipline and fair competition
Colossians 3:23, I John 2:6 and Galatians 5:22-23

The Woodlands Campus

BASKETBALL

PRACTICE DAYS

Level 1: Kindergarten

Teams are a 30/30 format.
On Saturdays, players will practice for 30 minutes before their game. Games last approximately 30-40 minutes.

Levels 2-4: Grades 1-6

Players will practice on campus for approximately one hour between the hours of 5:00 and 8:30 p.m. one night per week.

GAME DAYS

Saturdays, beginning September 21
Kindergarten – 6th grade

CHEER

PRACTICE DAYS

Pre-K - 4th Grade

Teams are a 30/30 format.
On Saturdays, they will practice the first 30 minutes, and then cheer for a basketball game for 30 minutes.

GAME DAYS

Saturdays, beginning September 21
Pre-K – 4th grade

Woodforest Campus

BASKETBALL

PRACTICE DAYS

Level 1: Kindergarten

Teams are a 30/30 format.
On Saturdays, players will practice for 30 minutes before their game. Games last approximately 30-40 minutes.

Levels 2-4: Grades 1-6

Players will practice on campus for approximately one hour between the hours of 5:00 and 8:30 p.m. one night per week.

GAME DAYS

Saturdays, beginning September 21
Kindergarten – 6th grade

CHEER

PRACTICE DAYS

Pre-K - 4th Grade

Teams are a 30/30 format.
On Saturdays, they will practice the first 30 minutes, and then cheer for a basketball game for 30 minutes.

GAME DAYS

Saturdays, beginning September 21
Pre-K – 4th grade

Fall 2024 Important Dates

August 10: Evaluations (Woodforest Campus)
August 11: Evaluations (The Woodlands Campus)
August 11: Registrations Close
Week of August 26: Elementary Basketball Teams Communicated
Week of September 9: Kinder Basketball Teams and All Cheer Teams Communicated
Week of September 9: Elementary Basketball Begins Practicing
September 21:  Games Begin
October 12: No Games (Columbus Day Weekend)
November 2: No games (Woodforest Campus Only)
November 2: Last Games/Celebration (The Woodlands Campus)
November 9: Last Games/Celebration (Woodforest Campus)

BASKETBALL

NextGen Sports Basketball leagues are the premier family-oriented basketball experience in the North Houston area, operated by The Woodlands Methodist Church in association with Upward Sports. Although NextGen Sports Basketball is associated with Upward Sports, we enforce level based, local rules.

NextGen Basketball leagues are co-ed and organized by school grade as follows:
Level 1: Kindergarten
Level 2: Grades 1 and 2
Level 3: Grades 3 and 4
Level 4: Grades 5 and 6

Every player needs to complete a skills evaluation test before being drafted on a team. At least two evaluation dates will be posted and available for each season. Players can be evaluated at any of our church campuses, not just your league’s campus. Team drafts are done by computer, and the skills test scores are the basis of the draft. This allows us to draft teams with parity and provides for a more balanced league. Team drafting adheres to the following request order:

  1. Practice night exclusion
  2. Coach request
  3. Friend request

While we do our best to be as accommodating as possible, there are times where we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

NextGen Sports Basketball leagues are volunteer driven. It takes many volunteers to coach, assist, officiate, keep the score table, provide practice devotions, operate league evaluations and more. Please indicate on your child’s registration if you are able to volunteer this season.

Each team will have an assigned head coach and (ideally) an assistant. Coaches are parent volunteers and lead the team in their practice time and coordinate devotionals, game strategy, game day substitutions and more. Comprehensive training and coach’s materials as well as web-based tools are provided for each coach. All coaches are background checked and certified in our Safe Sanctuary training.

Officiating at Levels 1 and 2 will be provided by both volunteer officials and trained high school/college age Recreation Ministry staff.

Officiating at Levels 3 and 4 will be provided by certified TASO officials and/or officials accepted into a certified officials training program.

Level 1: Teams are a 30/30 format. On Saturdays, players will practice for 30 minutes prior to their game. Games last approximately 30-40 minutes.

Levels 2-4: Players will practice on campus for approximately one hour between the hours of 5:00 and 8:30 p.m. one night per week.

Each team will have a Scripture-based devotion time at each practice. This may be given before, during or after practice based on the coach’s discretion.

Each game will begin with league announcements, Scripture of the week and a prayer.

We do our best to operate games in a timely manner; however, each game must be played to completion, and games resulting in overtime or other factors outside of our control may result in a delayed start to games occurring later in the day. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

All teams will play at minimum six games per season. Should we have six or more teams playing at Levels 3-4, the sixth game will be a seeded game against the nearest seed based on league standings (i.e., 6v5, 4v3, 2v1). This provides for a fun and competitive finale game for each team to end the season. League standings are based upon win percentage. Should there be a tie in win percentage, tiebreakers will be applied in the following order until the tie is broken: head-to-head record, net points (points for minus points against), coin flip.

During each season we will provide a third-party photography service for team and individual pictures. There is no obligation to purchase pictures; however, we ask that all players prioritize being present for their team photo. Picture day dates will be communicated at the beginning of each season. A photo shoot schedule will be provided during the week leading up to pictures. Please be aware that in order to get every team photographed, you may be asked to arrive and take team photos well before your scheduled game time.

On the final Saturday of each season, we will host a “celebration.” Families are invited to come before or after their game to enjoy a fun area that includes bounce houses or other inflatable activities, other games and snacks. Players receive a gift at the end of each season provided by Upward Sports.

Any questions? Contact us.

CHEER

NextGen Sports Cheer leagues are the premier family-oriented cheer experience in North Houston, operated by The Woodlands Methodist Church in association with Upward Sports. Our league is developmental and focused on advancing knowledge and skill in the sport as well as character and faith maturation. We focus on motions, learning cheers and chants, and basic jumps.

NextGen Sports Cheer squads are organized by school grade as follows:
Pre-K/Kindergarten*
1st/2nd Grade*
3rd/4th Grade*

*Final squad grade division will also be based on the number registered per grade.

All girls will be placed on a squad based primarily on grade level. Friend requests will be honored if they are in the same grade division.

NextGen Sports Cheer leagues are volunteer driven in the capacity of coaching and team mom. Parents are encouraged to coach a squad. We also employ high school interns for coaching. Team mom is a vital role in helping the coaches with planning snacks during the season and helping team management at practice if needed. Please indicate on your child’s registration if you are able to volunteer this season.

All divisions/grades are a 30/30 format. Squads will practice for 30 minutes followed by cheering at a basketball game at halftime. Times may vary on needs of the squads. Most Saturdays will entail a halftime performance/squad cheer followed by sideline cheering.

During each season we will provide a third-party photography service for team and individual pictures. There is no obligation to purchase pictures; however, we ask that all players prioritize being present for their team photo. Picture day dates will be communicated at the beginning of each season. A photo shoot schedule will be provided during the week leading up to pictures. Please be aware that to get every team photographed, you may be asked to arrive and take team photos well before your scheduled game time.

On the final Saturday of each season, we will host a “celebration.” Families are invited to come before or after their game to enjoy a fun area that may include bounce houses or other inflatable activities, other games and snacks. Players receive a gift at the end of each season provided by Upward Sports.

Any questions? Contact us.