The BRIDGE Sunbury
Monday, April 22, 2019

Upward Soccer

April 8th Update:
Celebration will be held May 18th at Noon (after the last soccer game).  Award presentation for each player will be in the sanctuary of the church.  Arrive early to get good seats!  All the players will be sitting with their teams in the center section of the room.  After that, we will enjoy free food & bouncehouses!
March 30th update:
 Pictures will take place during your child's practice the week of April 1st.  Please wear your uniform.  You do NOT have to purchase a photo, however, we ask that each child be photographed so their picture can be included in the final celebration presentation as well as team picture.  
March 28th update: 
March 26th update:
 Click the above link for the game schedule. 
Home is dark blue.  Away is light blue.
Still awaiting all of the team names, so just look for your coach's name.  
Don't forget to help your coach by showing 15 minutes prior to game time so they can make their line up.  
March 18th update:
Game schedules are out!  Check your team page.  
Parents:  Please check with your child's coach to see if help is needed during practice, setting up snacks, or distributing stars on game day.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!
March 11th update:
Practices start tonight!  Please review the rules/policies at the very bottom of this page regarding parking/port-a-john/garage access/weather.  As an addition to the parking concerns below, please do not drive/park on the grass as it has been so terribly wet.  
March 7th update:
There will be practice on Saturday March 16th & 23rd as follows:
9am=K-1st graders; 4-6th graders
1030=2-3rd graders; 7th & up teams
The game schedule has not be officially created, but here's what you can expect for now:  
9am=Rotating basis for K-1st and 2-3rd graders; 4-6th graders (not rotating)
1030am=Rotating basis for K-1st and 2-3rd graders; 7th & up (not rotating)
 Click here for 2019 Soccer Brochure
Scholarships are available-call the church office to request one.  These are fund dependent.  Anyone wanting to donate to the scholarship fund is gratefully accepted & appreciated!  
Coaches & referees are ALWAYS needed.  There will be a mandatory meeting Sunday, February 24th at 5pm.  This is a 10 week commitment, but very rewarding!  
Optional shorts for $14 are navy.
Check out our Facebook page at Upward Soccer The Bridge Sunbury for some pictures/videos of the past season.
 General info about our league:  
Please be cautious while driving in the parking lot.  There is a lot of traffic before & after games.  Our concern is for the safety of the kids as they get to & from their vehicles.  We have altered game times by 1/2 hour on Saturdays to make allowances for traffic AND to have more parking spaces available.  Please do not park or drive in the grass if it has been raining.
Weather Policy:  
  • On practice nights, cancelling will be the sole decision of your coach.  If practice is cancelled, you will get a phone call/e-mail/text from them.  If you do NOT hear from your coach, assume you are practicing.  You can certainly call your coach & ask.  The church office will not know if your practice is cancelled.  
  • On game days & practice days, all play will be suspended for 30 minutes after the last lightening/thunder episode as determined by the head referee & league director.  Games have only been cancelled 2 or 3 times in the last 12 seasons!  God is good to us!     
  • Be ready to practice/play games in the rain!  
 Practice & Game Day Church Ground Rules 
  •  Please note the port-a-john behind the garage.  We ask that you & your children use this instead of going inside the church building.  We have AA meetings & other functions every night of the week & do not want to disturb them. 
  • Many times we have found children unsupervised in the church building during practice times.  Mostly they are siblings to the children who are practicing. Please make sure you know where your children are.  :) There are to be no unsupervised kids in the church.
  • Please also note that no children are allowed in the garage as well.  It is not child-proofed.   
  • Another concern for us is the parking lot.  As you come & go, be aware that children don't necessarily watch where they are going!  We want to keep them safe!  So please drive slowly & watch for them in case they dart out between cars. 
  • It is best if parents can stay during the practices if possible (especially kindergartners-4th graders).  If you are unable to stay or need to run an errand, please let your child's coach know how to reach you in case of an emergency. 
  • We appreciate all of your help in these areas!  If you have concerns that are not listed, please let your child's coach know, Leslie Buxton or the Pastor. 




 No matter which kids soccer league you choose, your Upward Soccer Experience will be fun for the whole family.

  Our Upward Soccer program:

  • Teaches sports skills and values
  • Allows ALL kids to join
  • Offers family friendly schedules
  • Provides equal playing time for every child, no matter the skill level
  • Teaches about God's love for us through His Son, Jesus
   Throughout the 10 week season, your child will explore and discover their love of the sport by playing at least half of every game. Kids will be individually recognized at each game and find positive role models in coaches, refs, and league volunteers.


  YOU CAN BE A PART OF UPWARD SOCCER by volunteering to coach, referee, or be a team parent!  This is an awesome way to get to know the kids, their families, and make a difference in the life of a child.  You may also donate funds to the Upward Soccer program through the church in the form of a scholarship for children who apply for financial assistance.  Please contact the church office for more info....and THANK YOU!!!!


  What do I need buy for my child to play soccer? 

  Shin guards are required to participate in practices & games.  You can find them at Meijer or any store like that for about $7 new. 

   Cleats are handy to have, but not required, in the slippery dew-filled mornings of play.  Many children who have outgrown their shoes/guards have donated them to the church for others to use. 

   Each child should have their own soccer ball to use during practice as well.  Size #3 for Kindergartners & 1st graders,  size #4 for 2nd-6th graders; size #5 for 7th grade & up.