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Bear Smart Programs
TRC’s Bear Smart program is for children 3-4 years of age that focuses on motor skill development, enhancing social skills, and play in a fun, safe, and exciting recreational environment. All of our youth Bear Smart programs are led by TRC instructors and are split into two different classes, depending on your child's age. Our 3-year old program focuses on developmental and motor skills, and our 4-year-old program instructs children on 5 different sports throughout the program. 

What's the benefit of Bear Smart?

Oftentimes a child’s first sports experience is through an organized community league. Unfortunately, these first-timers are often forced into competitive situations without first receiving a proper introduction on the correct skills and movements needed to effectively play that sport. To give a child the best chance at succeeding in, and enjoying, a particular sport, a proper age-appropriate period of instruction is crucial. Rather than simply throwing them out on the field/court and then keeping score, experts agree that the best way to start kids out in sports is through a progressive program of varying levels.
Our Bear Smart program helps young children to develop their motor skills in a fun and safe environment! There are several factors that influence the development of gross and fine motor skills. These factors include the growth of the child, environment, genetics, muscle tone, and gender. By understanding and analyzing these factors, you can help children enhance their skills and develop at an appropriate rate.

The Turner Recreation Commission has established our Bear Smart program just for this!

Note: Participants who complete the 3-year-old program prior to participating in the 4-year-old program will receive a discount when enrolling in the 4-year-old program.

3-year-old program:
  • The 3-year-old program focuses almost completely on motor skill development. What is a motor skill? A motor skill is a function, which involves the precise movement of muscles with the intent to perform a specific act. Motor learning is the relatively permanent change in the ability to perform a skill as a result of practice or experience.
  • This program is instructor-led with 100% parent participation that will meet once a week for six weeks for 30-45 minutes each class. Classes will be offered four times a year (fall, winter, spring, & summer) on Saturdays.
Session Information (Fall 2021)
Session Start Date:
September 11, 2021
Fee:
$55 (save $25 off the price if you register before Aug 1, 2021) includes 6 class sessions that focus on motor skills and development
Registration Start Date:
June 1, 2021
Registration Deadline:
September 3, 2021
Parent meeting:
August 28, 2021 (9 am @TRC Gymnasium)
Class Days:
Saturdays
Class Location: TRC
Click here to register for our fall 3-year-old Bear Smart Program!

Session Information (Winter 2021)
Session Start Date:
November 6, 2021
Fee:
$55 (save $25 off the price if you register before Oct. 1) includes 6 class sessions that focus on motor skills and development
Registration Start Date:
September 1, 2021
Registration Deadline:
October 22, 2021
Parent meeting: TBD
Class Days: Saturdays
Class Location: TRC
Click here to register for our winter 3-year-old Bear Smart Program!

4-year-old program:
  • The 4-year-old program will continue motor skill development by introducing the child(ren) to a variety of sports offered by the Turner Recreation Commission. Your child(ren) will receive age-appropriate instruction for each sport for the duration of two weeks at a time for each specified sport (basketball, flag football, soccer, t-ball, & volleyball).
  • This program is instructor-led with 100% parent participation that will meet twice a week during weeknights for ten weeks for 30-45 minutes each class. Classes will be offered twice a year (fall/winter and spring/summer).

Session Information (Fall/Winter 2021)
Session Start Date:
September 7, 2021
Fee:
$100/child (includes 10 weeks that will focus on multiple sports) 
Registration Start Date:
June 1, 2021
Registration Deadline:
September 3, 2021
Parent meeting: August 28, 2021 (9:45 am @TRC Gymnasium)
Class Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Click here to register for our 4-year-old Bear Smart program!

Have questions? Send an e-mail to Sports Director, Bobby Mcfarland, at McfarlandB@TurnerUSD202.org or give him a call at 913-287-2111 ext. 1