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 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 run on Tuesdays, November 5th - December 3rd, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM. 
  • Ages 5-6 will run on Thursdays, November 7th - December 5th, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM. 
  • THERE WILL BE NO BASKETBALL THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25TH DUE TO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!
  • Registration fee is $30 per participant
  • Registration deadline is October 30th, 2019




 
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, January 7th - 28th, 2020 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  • Registration fee is $30 per participant
  • Registration deadline is January 2nd, 2020



  

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 3rd - 26th, 2020 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  • Registration fee is $30 per participant
  • Registration deadline is February 26th, 2020




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!