Youth Sports

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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 March 6. Minimum: 8/Maximum 12.

  dates                                                  location                                     TIME        AGES       fee          
Wednesdays, March 11-April 22

        3/11 & 3/18 at Lincoln elementary school gym, all other dates are at Madison elementary school gym

    6-7PM         3-5            $40


Start Smart Basketball is a six-week instructional program that helps parents work one-on-one with their children, ages 4-6, while teaching them the basics of basketball: dribbling, ball handling, passing, catching, shooting and running. The program helps prepare children for organized youth sports by using safe, fun and age appropriate equipment to teach them the basic motor skills needed to play basketball, without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Both parents and children dress in attire ready to play! Pre-register online at or at the Janesville Recreation office by January 6.  Minimum: 8/Maximum 12

                                                          DATES                                                                                                                    LOCATION                                                   TIME   AGES   FEE

Thursdays, January 9-February 13

January 9 - February 6 at Roosevelt elementary school gym; February 13 at Kennedy elementary school gym

 6-7PM  3-5




Take your aim and shoot for some fun this fall and winter! The Recreation Division is partnering with the dedicated archers at Janesville Bowmen, Inc. to offer beginning archery classes for youth or adults interested in learning more about this fun and growing sport.  Families are encouraged to sign up together. Each session features group instruction, one-on-one instruction, and LOTS of shooting time! Equipment provided or use your own.  Janesville Bowmen is located at 5119 N. Fox Road.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the first class, as a registration form for Janesville Bowmen and parental consent (under 18) must be completed at the start of the first session. For additional information please contact or visit their website at Please pre-register online at or at the Janesville Recreation Division office  three business days prior to the start of the session!  Minimum: 4/Maximum 16 per session.

 Session   Dates                                                                                        Location                                       Time             Ages              FEE         
 1  Saturdays, January 4, 11 & 25  Janesville Bowmen Facility  10AM-Noon  8 to adult  $30
 2  Saturdays, January 4, 11 & 25  Janesville Bowmen Facility  12:30-2:30PM  8 to adult  $30
 3  Saturdays, February 1, 8 & 22  Janesville Bowmen Facility  10AM-Noon  8 to adult  $30
 4  Saturdays, February 1, 8 & 22  Janesville Bowmen Facility  12:30-2:30PM  8 to adult  $30
 5  Saturdays, April 4, 11 & 18  Janesville Bowmen Facility  10AM-Noon  8 to adult  $30
 6  Saturdays, April 4, 11 & 18  Janesville Bowmen Facility  12:30-2:30PM  8 to adult  $30

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