Start Smart


The Right Start…Start Smart 

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.

What is Start Smart?

Start Smart was developed by top motor skill development specialists in the field of youth sports.  Parent-child groups perform motor skill tasks that gradually build confidence in children while they are having fun at the same time.

Each Start Smart Program utilizes the Start Smart Sports Readiness Test to help parents objectively measure kids’ abilities.  As the program progresses and children show improvement, the skills and exercises are altered so that each child remains challenged.  Parents spend quality time together with their child while learning how to properly teach and support them in sports.

Start Smart participants will develop proper motor skills that will allow them to enjoy and succeed in their youth sports future!

Benefits of Participation

  • Builds confidence and self-esteem in children
  • Fun and positive early experience in sport
  • Helps prepare kids for future sports participation
  • Helps prepare kids and parents for specific sport
  • Quality time together for parent and child
  • Helps parents learn how to support and teach their child
  • Most programs can be run either indoor or outdoor

Parks & Recreation offers Start Smart Basketball, Soccer, Baseball and Golf programs throughout the year!  To find out more, please click the links below!

Start Smart Basketball is offered in November/December and January/February of each year.  Check back for details in early September!

The Start Smart Soccer spring session meets one hour per week for 6 weeks and requires parent participation. You can choose between 4 classes, which are offered on Monday evenings and Thursday evenings at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Space is limited to 8 parent/child groups per class, so register early!  For more information contact Rainey.  DEADLINE: MARCH 1


*Mandatory Parent Meeting for those new to Start Smart – 6 PM on March 5 at Falling Springs Center.

Program Dates:

  •  Group 1:   Mar 11-Apr 22     Mon       5:30-6:30 PM           $65     (No soccer 4/1)
  • Group 2:    Mar 11-Apr 22     Mon       6:30-7:30 PM           $65     (No soccer 4/1)
  • Group 3:    Mar 14-Apr 25     Thu        5:30-6:30 PM           $65     (No soccer 4/4)
  • Group 4:    Mar 14-Apr 25     Thu        6:30-7:30 PM           $65     (No soccer 4/4)

Start Smart Soccer is also offered in the Fall. Check back in late July for Fall session details.

The Start Smart Baseball program is offered in May/June each year.  Check back in late March for updates on the upcoming session! 

The Start Smart Golf is coming soon! Check back for details!