What does ups mean in sports?

Jumping ability

If a person can jump really high, they have ups. While it is probably apparent, the name comes from the direction you jump (up).

Most people use ups when describing an athlete's ability, often in sports that include a lot of jumping, such as basketball and football. For example, you have ups if you can dunk a basketball on a regulation hoop. Or, a football commentator may remark that a WR has ups when jumping up and catching a high pass.

Other slang for athletic abilities

There are many terms for describing different athletic traits. Examples include wheels for someone fast and cannon for someone who can throw a ball very far.


Man, that guy's got ups! Did you see that dunk?
That was unreal!

Zeke showing off his ups

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Updated January 3, 2023

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