Smart Start Sports Development Program offered

By Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department | Jan 03, 2017

Parents in the area have a special opportunity to help their children develop sports skills through a unique national sports program that’s available at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

The Smart Start Sports Development Program is open to children ages 4 and 5 as of Feb. 1, 2017. Parents or another adult must be able to attend one parent meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, and eight one-hour sessions with all players.

A variety of innovative baseball and soccer products will be utilized to enhance the child’s skill development and fun.

The cost is $65, which includes the Smart Start sports development participant manual, T-shirt, baseball bat, ball and glove set, two koosh balls, a teslon soccer ball, boingo ball and mesh equipment bag.

This will begin Jan. 31 at the Waynesville Recreation Center and will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday night for six weeks.

“We are excited about being chosen to be part of this National Alliance for Youth Sports program,” said Donald Hummel, athletic program supervisor. “We are always looking for innovative ways to help improve youth sports and this program certainly helps.”

Smart Start programs target children who need to develop basic motor skills such as dribbling; ball handling, shooting, hitting and passing; catching and running; and agility.

Smart Start Sports development will teach children how to develop skills while building their confidence through exercises that become increasingly more difficult as the program progresses and the players show improvement.

The program is being administered by the Youth Development branch of the nonprofit National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department.

For additional information please call Donald Hummel at 456-2030 or register at the Waynesville Recreation Center located at 550 Vance St. in Waynesville.