Start Smart Preschool Programs

The Start Smart Sports Program
Start Smart Programs, created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, help kids get ready for sports and succeed in life. It is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe sports environment.

The Battle Creek Parks and Recreation Department is a Start Smart recreation agency. We offer Start Smart Sports Development Programs that are developmentally appropriate for children 3-5 years old. These introductory programs prepare children for organized sports, in a fun non-threatening environment. Our Start Smart programs prepare children and their parents for organized sports without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt.

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Programs include Basketball, Soccer, and Tennis, a general skill development program and a pre-school sport camp. Contact the Parks and Recreation office to learn what Start Smart programs are being offered. To learn more about Start Smart Programs visit the National Alliance for Youth Sports.


Start Smart Preschool Sports Camp
This 2 week camp (Ages 3-5) on Tuesdays & Thursdays in the month of August that will combine the best of all our Start Smart Programs! The camp includes soccer, baseball, basketball, and tennis skill development. This is an hour long course that includes evening snack and water. A parent/guardian is required to participate!


Start Smart Tennis
Start Smart Tennis (Ages 3-5) is designed to prepare children for organized tennis in a fun, non-threatening environment. It allows children the opportunity to work one-on-one with a parent through drills and small group skill stations. The program teaches children tennis skills including: ground strokes, volleys, serving and running/agility. A parent/guardian is required to participate at each class. 


Start Smart Sports Development
This program is run in the month of October on Tuesday nights and is designed to prepare children ages 3-5 organized sports in a fun, learning-centered, and non-threatening environment. It allows for participants the opportunity to work one-on-one with a parent and learn a variety of skills that can be used in multiple sports. The curriculum teaches skills that include: throwing, batting, catching, and kicking. A parent/guardian is required to participate at each class!


Start Smart Basketball
Start Smart Basketball prepares your child for organized basketball in a fun, safe environment. It allows children to work one-on-one with a parent and learn a variety of basketball skills including: passing, dribbling, ball handling, shooting, catching, running, and agility. Participants, with their parents, will engage in several stations to teach the fundamentals of basketball. A parent/guardian is required to participate at each class. 
  • Located at Full Blast
  • Ages: 3-4 will be on Tuesdays, November 8th - December 6th, 2016. Ages: 5-6 will be on Thursdays, November 10th - December 8th, 2016. Class will be held at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM. 

Tiny Tot Floor Hockey
Tiny Tot Floor Hockey (Ages 3-5) teaches the basic fundamental skills of floor hockey. Classes are broken up into stations to optimize physical activity for each child. Children gain an appreciation for the game in a fun, safe environment. This introduction to the sport will help to encourage a lifetime of activity in the game. A parent/guardian is required to participate at each class. 
  • Located at Full Blast
  • Tuesdays OR Thursdays, January 10th - February 2nd, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  • Registration fee is $30 per participant
  • Registration deadline is Jannuary 4th, 2017.

Mini Spikers Volleyball
Mini Spikers Volleyball (Ages 5-6) prepares your child for our youth volleyball program. This starter course is designed to teach your child the fundamentals of volleyball using exciting drills, skills, and fun! This is a parent/child participation course, a parent/guardian is required to participate at each session.
  • Located at Full Blast
  • Tuesdays, February 7th - 28th, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  • Registration fee is $30 per participant
  • Registration deadline is February 1st, 2017 

Start Smart Indoor Soccer
Start Smart Indoor Soccer (Ages 3-5) is an exciting addition to our ever popular outdoor soccer program. This starter course is designed to get your child ready for the 2017 Spring Soccer season. This is a parent/child participation course, a parent/guardian is required to participate at each session. 
  • Located at Full Blast
  • Tuesdays OR Thursdays, March 7th - 30th from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  • Registration fee is $30 per participant
  • Registration deadline is March 1st, 2017

Tiny Tot Golf
Tiny Tot Golf (Ages 3-5), a great introductory course for The First Tee Program, teaches the basic fundamental skills of golf. Classes are broken up into stations to optimize physical activity for each child. Children gain an appreciation for the game in a fun, safe environment. A parent/guardian is required to participate at each class! 
  • Located at Full Blast & The First Tee of Battle Creek
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 11th - 20th from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  • Registration fee is $30 per participant
  • Registration deadline is April 5th, 2017

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