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Miniatures Programming Details (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!

Start Smart Programs are all designed as six one-hour sessions. Each session will take the participants through four different skill stations where one or two skills will be introduced and performed. Most programs are offered one day per week for six consecutive weeks to allow parents and their children time to practice in-between sessions.

Start Smart currently offers eight different sports programs, while MNASE Basketball League LLC only offers 4 of the 8 programs currently. Any or all of these programs can be offered by a youth service agency.

Start Smart Baseball, Basketball, Football and Soccer programs include an additional 2 weeks of curriculum (optional for your parents/participants) that focuses on rules and game situations, which extends programming into a 8 week program. This new feature will allow the participants to gain a better understanding of the basic rules and participate in activities designed to utilize the skills they have learned and apply them in a live game action activity. As with all Start Smart programs, parents will still be an integral part of these two additional weeks of programming, and a parent or guardian must be in attendance and involved in all sessions.



As an addition to the Start Smart Program, MNASE Basketball League offers graduates a 4 week program that meets once a week to compete in a live game against their graduated peers. Graduates that are at least 7 years of age are eligible to compete in the 9U Minors Basketball Program.

Miniatures Program Registration

Miniatures Development Season March 2021

The Start Smart Sports Development Program was first developed by the National Alliance for Youth Sports. The skills are not specific to any one particular sport. Skills learned and developed in this program will benefit the participants in a variety of sports. The popularity of this program led to the development of the sport-specific programs now offered.

The Start Smart Sports Development Program is a developmentally appropriate introductory sports program for children 3-7 years old. The program prepares children and their parents for organized sports in a fun, non-threatening environment. Age appropriate equipment from Franklin Sports® is utilized in the program. Sports skills developed in this program are: throwing, catching, batting and kicking.

MNASE Miniatures Program is based on the NAYS Start Smart Basketball Program, with added sessions to prepare the participant for the MNASE Competitive Season.

Ages 5-7 Basketball Development Season (3x/Week)

Registration opens on 09/01/2020 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 03/02/2021 to 03/31/2021
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