Etna United Methodist Church is excited to be affiliated with the national Upward Sports Organization and Pataskala Church of the Nazarene providing a local league for the youth of Pataskala and the surrounding areas to participate in the Upward Soccer and Basketball seasons to young athletes from ages 4 through eight grade. 

Upward Sports, the world's largest Christian sports league for children, provides a fun kid's sport experience based on healthy competition.  In 2010, more than 550,000 K4 through eighth-grade kids had a great basketball, soccer, flag football or cheer leading experience through one of the 2,400 leagues or camps.

Basketball and Cheerleading is held in the Etna UMC Family Life Center.  Basketball sign-ups end October 31st, 2016. Evaluations are November 10th and 17th, 2016.  Practices begin January 2nd, 2017 and games run through March, 2017. If you are going to attend, check the schedule below for game times.  Spectator chairs provided while you enjoy youth sports at its best. Register on-line here.  

Soccer is held on the property of Pataskala Church of the Nazarene.  Soccer registrations begin in early-summer. Games start in August and run every Saturday morning through October.  If you are going to attend, check the schedule below for game times. Bring a chair, maybe a blanket, and your enthusiasm to enjoy youth sports at its best.  Register here.  

Games are exciting and each weekend is full of fun, devotions, and tons of energy!  So bring the whole family and even friends to watch these young athletes.

Concessions are available at both locations with candy, chips, drinks, and even pulled chicken sandwiches! (The concession stand at PCN now accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and PayPal Here on your smartphone!)

Both Upward seasons culminate with an awards banquet where the teams and the individual athletes are recognized for their participation. There is no "league champion" as everyone that participates wins. And every child walks away with something to remind them of their experience and the things they learned during the season.

Thinking about how you might be able to get involved? Volunteers are ALWAYS needed. Before the season we need coaches, helpers, and support staff. During the season we also need volunteers to help with devotions and concessions. If you would be interested, please contact the church office (740-927-4554) and we will get you connected to the proper people.

For more information on the National Upward Program, please visit the national web site at

Coaches: You can access the coaching portal where you can find practice schedules, devotions, tips, and other resources to help you coach a successful season. That site is