Youth Sports


Registration information is here:



The Start Smart program is a national program offered through the National Alliance on Youth Sports.  It is an instructional program that prepares youth ages 3-5 for organized sports without the fear of competition.  Parents work with their child, the instructor, and other kids in a social setting to learn the basic skills of throwing, catching, kicking and batting.  Program goals are to increase individual skill development and assist parent in understanding their child's interests.  Both parents and children need to dress in active clothes ready to play!  Please pre-register online at or at the Janesville Recreation Division office by May 11. Minimum: 8/Maximum:  12

  dates                                                 location                                     TIME        AGES       fee          
Wednesdays, May 16th-June 20

Riverside Park

Meet at North Pavilion

    6-7PM         3-5            $39   


Start Smart Baseball is a six-week developmentally appropriate introductory baseball program for children ages 3-5 and their parents to work one-on-one with each other. The program prepares children for organized tee ball, baseball and softball in a fun, non-threatening environment. Age appropriate equipment is used to teach children throwing, catching, batting, running and agility . getting hurt. Both parents and children dress in active clothes ready to play!  Please pre-register online at or at the Janesville Recreation Division office by June 25.  Minimum: 8/Maximum: 12.

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Thursdays, June 28th-August 2

Traxler Park

Meet at Lions Pavilion

 6-7PM  3-5  $39



Join the Janesville Recreation Division and the Rock Soccer Club for a fun opportunity to develop and strengthen your soccer sills tis summer. This camp is aimed at those between the ages of 8-11 years old, and will focus on core skills such as; footwork, dribbling, passing and finishing. Using the guidelines of US Youth Soccer, learned skills will be reinforced with the use of small sided games. Training will be provided by members of the Rock Soccer Club coaching staff with support from Craig and Parker High School soccer players. The Rock Soccer Club promotes coaches who are certified through the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association and are invested in teaching children in a supportive, skill-based environment. Children will be placed in groups according to age but may be moved based on ability. Rock Soccer is dedicated to developing a life-long love of soccer. Whatever the age, ability or experience of your child, we can guarantee a fun-filled experience for him/her. Register early; the cost includes a t-shirt. Campers will need to bring a ball, sin guards, and water. Please pre-register online or at our office by July 12. Minimum: 30/Maximum: 50

 July 17 & 18 Bond Park Pavilion   4:30-6:30PM  8-11  $38



Start Smart Lacrosse prepares children (ages 5-7) and their parents for organized lacrosse without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Parents work with their child in this instructional program. Age appropriate equipment from STX is used in teaching shooting, passing, catching, cradling, stick handling and running and agility. Both parents and children dress in active clothes ready to play! Please pre-register online at or at the Janesville Recreation office by August 6. Minimum: 8/Maximum: 12

DATES                                                 LOCATION                                                  TIME  AGES  FEE 
Thursdays, August 9-September 20*

Optimist Park - Meet at Pavilion

 6-7PM  5-7  $39



The Janesville Recreation Division has teamed up with Challenger Sports to offer a quality, week-long soccer camp. The qualified and talented coaches from Britain are trained specifically for these camps and know that every kid loves to be challenged, wants to learn new skills and thrive on positive feedback. The coaches will help players improve their core techniques and become more confident on the ball.

Camp types:

     Mini Soccer: Skill-building activities, fundamental practices and small-sided games.

     Half Day: Individual foot skills, core techniques, juggling and coached games.

All of the camps are June 25-29 at Rock Soccer Fields at the Youth Sports Complex, 100 South Wuthering Hills Drive, and include: a FREE ball and t-shirt.  Register online by May 11th with Challenger Sports at and receive a FREE replica soccer jersey (a shipping and handling fee applies). Please register by June 15th to avoid a $10 late fee.  Register at

CAMP TYPE  TIME                AGES  FEE 
 Mini Soccer  1:30-2:30PM  3-5   $89
 Half Day  2:30-4:30PM  6-9  $122
 Half Day  2:30-4:30PM  10-14  $122


The Recreation Division is excited to announce a partnership with Premier Tennis & Fitness (PTF) for our youth tennis lessons! Barry Hankel, PTF tennis director is USPTA certified and will be over-seeing the program. The main instructor will have a professional certification. Our youth tennis lessons are designed for boys and girls ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Lessons are taught at the Palmer Park tennis courts and moved indoors to Premier Tennis & Fitness 3410 Bell Street) in the event of inclement weather. If unexpected inclement weather arrives during outdoor lessons then make-up will by Friday. Sign up for both sessions! Please pre-register online at or at the Janesville Recreation Division office at least 3 business days prior to the start of the program.  Minimum 3 per session


Red Ball (Ages 3-6) - Using the Quick Start approach, children are taught tennis using balls that bounce lower and don't move as fast so they are easier to hit. This approach allows kids to get to the ball and helps them develop optimal swing patterns.

Orange Ball (Ages 7-8) - Children will further develop tennis strokes, groundstrokes, volleys and the serve. We will begin adding footwork drills and point playing. Kids will use the appropriate balls and racquets.

Junior Development (Ages 9-12) - Students will refine stroke mechanics with major emphasis on improving the consistency and accuracy of groundstrokes, volleys, overheads, and learn the rules of the game.

High School Training (Ages 13-18) - This group is designed for youth entering 7th-12th grades that play or plan on playing for their high school junior varsity or varsity teams. Drills become more intense and focus on strategy, point play for singles and doubles, all while working towards a varsity level of play.


CLASS                                AGES  DAYS                                     DATES                          TIME  FEE 
 Red Ball  3-6  Mondays & Wednesdays  June 13-July 18*  1-1:45PM  $40
 Orange Ball  7-8  Mondays & Wednesdays  June 13-July 18*  1:45-2:30PM  $40
 Junior Development  9-12  Mondays & Wednesdays  June 13-July 18*  2:30-4PM  $80
 High School Training    13-18  Mondays & Wednesdays  June 13-July 18*  4-5:30PM  $80

* Wednesday start; No Class on Wednesday, July 4!


  CLASS                            AGES                     DAYS                                    DATES                                          TIME    FEE
Red Ball 3-6 Mondays & Wednesdays July 23-August 22 1-1:45PM $40
Orange Ball 7-8 Mondays & Wednesdays July 23-August 22 1:45-2:30PM $40
Junior Development 9-12 Mondays & Wednesdays July 23-August 22 2:30-4PM $80
High School Training 13-18 Mondays & Wednesdays July 23-August 22    4-5:30PM $80


This Park & Rec Tournament is included in the cost of youth tennis lessons and only for those who sign up for the above youth tennis lessons. It will be held at the end of each session indoors at Premier Tennis and Fitness, located at 3410 Bell Street in Janesville (behind Target). This is a great opportunity to show what you have learned each session by competing in a tournament against players from the Janesville, Fort Atkinson, Whitewater, Beloit, Stoughton, Oregon and Milton Park and Rec youth tennis programs. Points will be awarded at the tournament to each program/city based on attendance and success in the games/matches played. There will be prizes given out to the Park & Rec program with the most points accumulated during the tournament, as well as prizes given out to individual winners.


Session 1:  Friday, July 20

Session 2: Friday, August 24











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