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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

MNASE Miniatures curriculum is a Start Smart Sports Development Programs, created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, that helps kids get ready for sports...and succeed in life. It is a step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem, and makes sports fun. It's easy to get started...

The Coordinators Kit includes:
  • 1 Start Smart Basketball Coordinator's Manual
  • 1 Start Smart Basketball Participant's Manual
  • 1 "Model Youth Sport Parent" DVD
  • 1 Collared Instructor Shirt with MNASE and Start Smart Logo
  • 2 Basketball Hoops
  • 10 Cones
  • 1 Ball Pump
  • 1 Cone Carrying Strap
  • 1 Start Smart Equipment Bag

  • MNASE Miniatures teaches children (ages 3-5) the basic motor skills necessary to play organized basketball while they work one-on-one and spend quality time with their parents. The program focuses on teaching children and their parents skills in dribbling/ball handling, passing/catching, shooting and running/agility without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Held once a week for 6 weeks, and each week the exercises become increasingly more difficult as the class progresses and the children show improvement.

    This kit is required for each Start Smart Basketball Participant and is included with registration.

    Miniature Participant Kit Includes:
  • 1 Participant Manual
  • 1 Mini Basketball for dribbling
  • 1 Teslon Basketball for passing/catching and shooting
  • 4 Cones
  • 1 Scrimmage Vest
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