Start Smart Programs

  • Start Smart Sports Development Program 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.

Start Smart participants will develop proper motor skills without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt that will allow them to enjoy and succeed in their youth sports future!

Start Smart Basketball

Start Smart Basketball will help parents of preschoolers 3-5-years-old objectively measure their childs' abilities. As the program progresses and children show improvement, the skills and exercises are altered so that each child remains challenged while using age appropriate equipment. They will learn concepts and skills including: sport specific soccer skills, preparation for organized sports, building self-esteem and confidence, and social skills.

  • Kids age 3-5 

**Parent participation required. This is an indoor program facilitated in the gymnasium.

  • Registration Dates:
    • September 1 for City residents, September 15 for all residents (open until filled)
  • Mondays in October and November
    • October 24 and 31
    • November7, 14, 21 and 28
  • Times: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (6 sessions total)

  • Location: 
    • Martin Luther King Jr Multipurpose Center
      1028 NE 14th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

  • Registration Fees (include basketball, t-shirt and medal)
            $45 per child (resident), *Proof of residency required 
            $67.50 per child (non-resident)

Register Now!

For more information, please call 352-334-5067 or email rec@gainesvillefl.gov.

Start Smart Soccer

Start Smart Soccer will help parents of preschoolers 3-5-years-old objectively measure their childs' abilities. As the program progresses and children show improvement, the skills and exercises are altered so that each child remains challenged while using age appropriate equipment. They will learn concepts and skills including: sport specific soccer skills, preparation for organized sports, building self-esteem and confidence, and social skills.

  • Kids age 3-5 

**Parent participation required. This is an indoor program facilitated in the gymnasium.

  • Mondays in August and September
    • August 15, 22 and 29
    • September 12, 19 and 26

          Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m. (6 sessions total)

          Location: Martin Luther King Jr Multipurpose Center, 1028 NE 14th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

  • Registration Fees (include soccer ball, t-shirt and medal)
            $45 per child (resident), *Proof of residency required 
            $67.50 per child (non-resident)

Register Now!

For more information, please call 352-334-5067 or email rec@gainesvillefl.gov.