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Youth Programs

Start Smart (Pee Wee) Sports

Call 209-5528 for more information on the Start Smart Sports programs and registrations. Times are subject to change due to the number of participants.

baseball sitting in grass

Start Smart Baseball

Start Smart Baseball is a developmentally appropriate introductory baseball program for children 3-5 years old. The program prepares children for organized tee ball, baseball and softball in a fun non-threatening environment. Start Smart Baseball prepares children and their parents for organized baseball and softball without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Age appropriate equipment from Franklin Sports® and Hasbro® is used in teaching throwing, catching, batting, running and agility.

Spring 2018 Session:

Wednesdays: April 11 – May 16

  • Times: 6:30 P.M.
  • Cost: Resident: $35; Non-resident: $45
  • Location: Bryan Regional Athletic Complex
  • Parent’s Manual: Download Here
  • Registration: Register Online Here

soccer ball hitting back of goal

Start Smart Soccer

Start Smart Soccer is a developmentally appropriate introductory soccer program for children 3-5 years old.  Start Smart soccer teaches children the fundamental skills of soccer to prepare them for competitive play.

Fall 2017 Sessions:

Tuesdays: Sept. 19 – Oct. 24
Thursdays: Sept. 21 – Oct. 26

Spring 2018 Sessions:

Tuesdays: March 13 – April 17
Thursdays: March 15 – April 19

Start Smart Basketball

Start Smart Basketball is a developmentally appropriate introductory basketball program for children 3-5 years old. The program teaches children fundamental basketball skills to prepare them for competitive play in a fun non-threatening environment.

Fall 2017 Session:

Wednesdays: Nov. 8 – Dec. 13

Winter 2018 Session:

Wednesdays: Jan. 24 – Feb. 13

Aggieland TOT Basketball

Aggieland TOT (Teams of Tomorrow) is an exciting and unique preschool basketball class for ages 3-5. Every week a TOT instructor will teach your child athletics, academics, and agility. The classes are focused around improving your child’s physical and mental growth through movement and music. TOT uses the perfect mixture of physical movement, hand-eye coordination, and brain use to maximize the growth of your preschooler. Your child will have the opportunity to perform at halftime of a basketball game (fans at the Aggie games LOVE us!), as well as at our end of the year Shine Time Celebration. They will have the chance to earn a trophy for learning their 25 ball-handling skills throughout the year. Come join us and have a ball in TOT!

2017-2018 Session:

Wednesdays: Sept. 6 – May 19

  • Times: 11:00 A.M.
  • Cost: Monthly Fee: $45, Plus One-Time Registration Fee: $30
  • Location: Neal Recreation Center
  • Registration Limit: 30 children
  • Registration: Register Online Here

Start Smart Tennis

Start Smart Tennis is a six-week instructional program for children ages 5-7 that helps parents work one-on-one with their children while teaching them the basics of tennis: Ground strokes, volleys, serving and running/agility. The program helps prepare children for organized tennis by using safe and fun equipment to teach them basic motor skills.

Spring 2018 Session:

Mondays: April 2 – May 5

  • Times: 6:30 P.M.
  • Cost: Resident: $35; Non-resident: $45
  • Location: Austin’s Colony Tennis Center
  • Parent’s Manual: Download Here
  • Registration Limit: 35 children
  • Registration: Register Online Here

Bryan Thunderbolts Hurdles

Bryan Thunderbolts Track Club

Bryan Track and Field Club logo This program is for youth 6-18 years of age.  This program is for all levels of experience with track and field events and distance running.  Athletes with all levels of experience with track and field events and distance running. Athletes will learn proper techniques and improve speed, agility, strength and endurance.

Bad Weather Contact Information

The Bryan Thunderbolts will make a decision regarding the cancellation of a practice or meet no later than 30 minutes before the practice or meet. In the event of bad or threatening weather, you can receive information about practice or meet cancellations the following ways:

Option A:
Call the Bryan Parks and Recreation rain cancellation number at (979) 209-5204.

Option B:
The Bryan Thunderbolts will send out a message via text message through To sign up for these messages, text the message @brynthblts to the number 81010 . To receive the same messages via e-mail instead of as a text, you can send a blank e-mail to .

*To unsubscribe to text messages, reply with the message
unsubscribe @brynthblts‘ .

*To unsubscribe to e-mail messages, reply with ‘unsubscribe‘ in the subject line of the e-mail.

Program Dates: June 12 – July 6 all athletes; July 17 – July 24 for athletes that qualify for TAAF Games of Texas

Program Fee: $35

Download the Thunderbolts practice and meet schedule

Practice days, dates and times:

  • June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; July 3, 6
  • 5:45pm – 7:15pm 8U, 10U & 12U
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm 14U, 16U & 18U

Additional practice days, dates and times (for those who qualify for TAAF Games of Texas):

  • July 17, 18, 20, 24
  • 5:45pm – 7:15pm 8U, 10U & 12U
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm 14U, 16U & 18U

Practice location: Merrill Green Stadium at Bryan High School

What to bring: Water bottle, tennis shoes, spikes(not required)

Uniform: A t-shirt will be provided for all registered participants.

Coaches: (Jane Long Middle School Track Coaches)

  • Nancy Kindig-Malone
  • Samuel Pittman II
  • Area Coaches
  • Texas A&M Track athletes

 Meet Schedule:

  • Thursday, June 15     Thunderbolts, Bryan, TX
  • Thursday, June 22     Thunderbolts, Bryan, TX
  • Thursday, June 29     Thunderbolts, Bryan, TX
  • July 7-8                        TAAF Region 5, Waco, TX
  • July 29-30                    TAAF Games of Texas, McAllen, TX

Registration Information

Click here to register for the Thunderbolts

In-Person or By Telephone

  • Bryan Parks and Recreation | 1309 E. Martin Luther King | 979-209-5528
  • Bryan Aquatic Center | 3101 Oakridge Drive | 979-209-5222
  • Neal Recreation Center | 600 N. Randolph | 979-209-5210


 Youth Basketball Clinic

This clinic is for youth ages 8-12.  The 3 day clinic is designed for the young basketball player.  The fundamentals of basketball, shooting, dribbling, passing and defense will be covered.  The philosophy of athletics as an educational tool will also be discussed.  The clinic will also include scrimmages, competitive skill games and awards.

Registration: May 1 – June 10

Registration location: Neal Recreation Center

Program dates and time: June 12 – 14, 9:30 am – 12 pm

Program fee: $20 or current NRC Summer Membership


youth and preschool karate

Children’s Karate Classes

Classes begin with life lessons on the four Precepts of Courtesy, Respect, Discipline and Courage. Emphasis is placed on developing the whole student, helping them become strong from the inside out.

Training is a blended style of Tae-Kwon-Do, Aikido, Jeet Kun Do and Jiu-Jitsu, along with Self-Defense tactics against various weapons, such as knives, sticks and guns.

Students earn belts as they progress and have the opportunity to participate in tournaments.

Classes are taught by Rick Short, a Fifth Degree Black Belt Master Instructor and Owner-Operator of Rick Short Martial Arts. View his bio here.

Registration Information

  • Ages: 6-12 years old
  • Fees: $100 per month plus a one-time fee of $35 for uniform
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Neal Recreation Center

Note: For a continuous course of study, you must re-register for the classes each month.

Dates Registration
Nov. 2-30 Click Here to Register

Neal Recreation Center

Neal Recreation Center 
600 N. Randolph, Bryan, Texas 77803
Phone: (979) 209-5210


Gymnasium:  The gym is designed for multi-use programming and is equipped with a curtain, which allows it to divide in half. The meeting rooms and gymnasium are available for rental.

Fitness Room: A state-of-the-art Fitness Room, with Cybex exercise equipment, is open to patrons 16 years and older throughout the day.

Teen Room: The Teen Room is available to individuals 13 years and up, featuring two foosball tables and two pool tables.

Classrooms: The Classrooms include an arts and crafts room, multi-media room, and multi-purpose room.

kids playing outside of neal recreation center

After School Program 2016-2017

When: Monday – Friday, Aug. 22 – May 25: 2:30 – 6 p.m.
Ages: 5 to 12 years
Daily: Resident: $2 / Non-resident: $6
School Year Individual: Resident: $55 / Non-Resident: $66
School Year Family (up to 2): Resident: $82 / Non-Resident: $98
Additional Member: Resident: $20 / Non-Resident: $24

Boys and Girls of the Brazos Valley Athletics

The NRC sponsors teams to participate in Boys and Girls Club Leagues. The league participated in is basketball. Participants must be NRC members. Call 209-5210 for more information.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts meet at the Neal Recreation Center during the summer months only. The scouts participate in leadership activities, arts and crafts, games, camping, and field trips. Call 209-5210 for more information.

America Reads and Math Program

The Neal Recreation Center is host to the America Reads and Math Program that begins in September. This Program was developed to enhance children’s abilities in reading and math skills.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Texas A&M student mentors work with children on school work, lead games and activities and serve as positive role models for the children at the Neal Recreation Center.


5 reasons to go to Camp in Bryan

NRC Spring Break Camp 2017

Daily activities include games, arts and crafts, and themed activities.
Each child must bring a sack lunch.

When: Monday – Friday, March 13-17: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 12 or K-6th grade
Daily Fee: Resident: $5 / Non-Resident: $7


NRC Summer Camp

Daily activities include sports, educational programs, games, arts and crafts, and field trips.  Breakfast and lunch are provided by BISD Summer Food Service Program.

When: Monday – Friday, May 30 – August 11 : 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Ages 5-14
All Summer: Resident: $45 for one child, family of two $70, each additional child $20

Non-Resident: $53 for one child, family of two $82, each additional child $23
Daily Fee: Resident: $5 / Non-Resident: $7

*Not a state licensed Child Care program

Camp H.E.R.O. 2018

This camp promotes health and self esteem, while keeping the children active through exciting games, field trips and swim days. A new theme will lay out the activities each week, as your child learns skills such as first-aid, leadership and fitness. Each child will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 badges by mastering certain skills and attitudes throughout the summer. With the help of our experienced staff Camp H.E.R.O. will show your child how to be a hero now.

Ages: 5 – 12

May 29 – August 10, 2018 – Camp H.E.R.O. (Day- Camp)

  • Time: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Cost: $100/ week for the first child and $90/week for each additional child or $25/day per child.
  • Registration fee: $20 for one child or $30 for the family
  • Registration Dates: March 1 – August 10, 2018
  • Register Online: Click Here
  • Field Trip and Theme Schedule: Click here
  • Parent Handbook: Click here
  • Location: Bowen Elementary School

* Registration will take place at the Bryan Parks and Recreation office, Monday thru Friday from 8AM-5PM, online at or on site during camp.

*Not a state licensed Child Care program

Summer Parks Program 2018

Want a fun and safe way to spend your summer? Summer Parks Program offers a place for your child to come play, meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors. From exciting field trip and swim days, to kickball tournaments and arts and crafts, you child will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of fun outdoor activities.

Ages: 5 – 12

June 4 – July 13, 2017 – Summer Parks Program

  • Time: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Lunch: Lunch will be provided.
  • Park Locations: Bonham, Haswell, Henderson, Tanglewood and Villa West
  • Registration Form: Click Here
  • Rules: Coming Soon!

* Registration will take place on the first day of camp at the park of your choice. If your child is a walker please send a completed registration form with your child.

*Not a state licensed Child Care program

Youth Sports Leagues and Clubs


(Click here for league boundaries map)





USA Swim Teams