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Next Step Rec


Welcome to The Next Step Rec!

We offer both traditional and non-traditional sports, recreation, and fitness for all ages, with healthy competition in a safe environment. 

Next Step Rec creates an opportunity to invite our neighbors, build relationships, and fight isolation in our community.

What's Happening at The Next Step Rec

Drop in Sports



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Open to everyone 16+

While they generally require a little previous knowledge of the sport, all skill levels are welcome. If you're brand new to the sport and would like to learn, we can connect you with a member of our team to join you at drop-in. We enjoy sports, competition, and comradely, but everything we do is for the glory of God, and so each night starts with prayer.

Currently we offer drop-ins for: pickleball, basketball, men's 40+ basketball, and volleyball.

Our recreation activités range from euchre tournaments and ladies nights, to fall fest and yard game days. We have one-off events every other month or so. We love hosting big events as an opportunity to invite your friends and family and to showcase the love of God through fun and activities. 

Our fitness activities consist of ongoing classes, pop-up classes, or series. We're always looking for more instructors and more activities, so please reach out if interested! We strive to begin each class with prayer to set us up for the best possible experience. 

Currently we offer classes for:

Cardio Drumming*

*equipment required, please email our director to find out more.

Meet Our Director
Lauren Kramer
Next Step Rec Director

I joined Huron River Methodist in April of 2020 and have a passion for Jesus and wellness. I am fueled by coffee and sunshine. My certifications include: NASM nutrition, NASM personal training, Barre Intensity, Spinning, Pilates, 200 hr RYT, and American Red Cross adult CPR/AED.

Fun Fact: I have never had a pickle.

Email Me

Upcoming Events

Upward Basketball

Upward registration is now OPEN

Our co-ed league is for Kindergarten through 5th Grade.


Practices will likely be the following: 

Tuesdays: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Kindergarten / 1st)

Thursdays: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (2nd / 3rd)

Thursdays: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (4th / 5th)

Games on Saturdays will likely be the following:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Kindergarten / 1st)

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (2nd / 3rd)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (4th / 5th)

Important Dates to Remember:

Saturday, November 12: LAST day for early registration, after which the price will increase. 

Sunday, December 3: LAST day for registration.

  • We are asking everyone to respect a hard registration deadline - with the exception of a brief grace period, we will not accept registrations after this.

Tuesday, December 12: Evaluation Day

  • All students must attend evaluations to participate in the season.

Tuesday, January 9: First Practice

Saturday, January 20: First Game

Saturday, March 16: Last Game / Day of the Season

Upward Basketball is run entirely by volunteers: coaches, assistant coaches, game day hosts, chair set up, and referees. 

If you have never coached before: ALL material is provided to you! Drills 9with video instructions, through the digital manual), practice plans, devotions, etc. You don't have to make one basket in all the time you coach.

Referee Materials are provided as well.

Important Notes:

  • NO registrations will be accepted after Evaluation Day

  • Evaluation Day is mandatory to participate in the season. If there is enough conflict, we will add another day and do our best to make sure your student can participate

  • If your student cannot attend 6 out of 8 game days, we ask you to instead consider next years season

  • Scholarships are available! Please email Lauren to inquire.

Upward Basketball
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