Start Smart football created for your own backyard

By Bobbie Cantu, Athletics Supervisor

Football is a big deal, especially in Texas. A shared passion for the game brings generations of families together each fall. The College Station Parks and Recreation Department’s Start Smart Football in Your Own Backyard program was created to encourage families to spend time together while teaching kids to play the game.

Based on the Start Smart Football program created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the six-week program is specially designed for 3-6-year-olds. It prepares the kids and their caretakers for organized football with a fun, step-by-step approach in a safe environment — their own backyards.

Caretakers are provided with age-appropriate equipment and instructional materials to help teach throwing, catching, kicking, punting, running, and agility. As the program progresses and players show improvement, skills can be altered, so each player remains challenged.

Registration closes Sunday, Sept. 27. To register online, go to or drop by the Parks and Recreation Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road.

The cost is $35 per packet, and participants will receive their equipment and instructional materials as a one-time pick-up. Staff will contact participants to schedule a curbside pick-up at the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office.

For more information, go to or call 979-764-3486.


About the Blogger

Athletics Supervisor Bobbie Cantu is in her third year with the Parks and Recreation Department. A native of Weslaco, she earned bachelor’s (2017) and master’s (2019) degrees in Sport Management from Texas A&M.


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