Youth Sports and Recreation


The Houston Parks and Recreation Department provides programming and recreational opportunities for youth ages 4-18. The youth program is available year-round through the Department’s Community Centers.

The activities provided include after-school and summer enrichment programming and food services, teen mentoring, academic support, and much more!

There are a variety of FREE recreational sports where players receive equipment, uniforms, facility usage, and coaching. League play is organized and directed by experienced youth sports professionals.

We invite you to visit your neighborhood community center to learn more.

  • AFTER-SCHOOL
    ACHIEVEMENT
    PROGRAM
  • AFTER-SCHOOL
    ENRICHMENT
    PROGRAM
  • SUMMER
    ENRICHMENT
    PROGRAM
  • OPENING DOORS
    TEEN
    WORKSHOP
  • TEEN
    OUTSIDE
    WITH NATURE
  • AFTER-SCHOOL
    MEAL
    PROGRAM
  • SUMMER
    FOOD SERVICE
    PROGRAM
  • CURBSIDE
    MEAL
    PROGRAM
  • SOCCER
    FOR
    SUCCESS
  • H-TOWN
    SOCCER
    ACADEMY
  • GREATER HOUSTON
    POLICE ACTIVITIES
    LEAGUE (GHPAL)
  • ASTROS
    Jr. RBI
    PROGRAM
  • FIRST TEE
    OF
    HOUSTON
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Since 1997, the city of Houston has funded after-school programming for youth through the Mayor's After-School Achievement Program (A.S.A.P.). This program is designed to engage juveniles in structured, supervised activities after school to reduce juvenile crime and victimization during these dangerous hours.

Through A.S.A.P., the City of Houston funds schools and non-profit agencies to provide after-school programming for a minimum of 30 children per site, at least five days per week between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each funded school or non-profit organization sets its own curricula, usually with input from students, parents and other collaborative partners. However, each curriculum must incorporate academic enhancement, enrichment, skill development and community service.

Programming must be provided for a minimum of 20 children per site, at least five days per week. Funded schools and organizations set their own curricula in collaboration with students, teachers, parents and program partners.

The A.S.A.P. Goals are as follows:

  • To provide safe, supervised, structured programming for youth after school
  • To prevent delinquency and reduce crime committed by/against juveniles
  • To improve participants’ school performance, conduct, and attendance
  • To encourage the ongoing involvement of parents and the community in youth programs.
  • To motivate youth to develop citizenship and good health habits
  • To build positive partnerships to create fun, affordable, quality after-school programming for youth

HOW TO APPLY

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the upcoming 2022 After-School Achievement Program is expected to be released soon. To be considered for funding, interested applicants must attend at least one mandatory application workshop, and meet the minimum requirements of the program.

All applicants/vendors must be a registered vendor with the City of Houston Strategic Procurement Division prior to submitting a ASAP application to conduct business with the City. The link to apply is http://purchasing.houstontx.gov/index.shtml.


  - Online Registration
  - Online Registration Instructions

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department 2021 -2022 After School Enrichment Program will operate at 52 Community Centers from September 7, 2021 - May 20, 2022, Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm for ages 6 - 13. The program offers activities that include crafts, nutrition, fun fitness, nature exploration and instructional sports. Transportation to and from community center is the parent’s responsibility. The staff-to-youth ratio is 1 to 25 with qualified professional recreation staff. The program is FREE of charge for all participants. Online registration will be available at AEP operates under Standard of Care, an exemption from day care licensing, under Article X11 of Chapter 32 of Code of Ordinances.

Ages: 6 - 13
Registration: Online registration required
 https://activenet011.active.com/houstonparks or www.houstonparks.org
 Contact nearest community center for additional information.
Fee: Free (PDF Flier of sites)
Program Dates September 7 2021 – May 20, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Visit link for a PDF Flier of sites

- Online Registration
- Online Registration Instructions

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s 2022 Summer Enrichment Program will operate at 54 Community Centers from June 6 – August 12, 2022. This program is a 10-week day-camp style program for youth ages 6-13. Registration is required for this fun-filled program. Activities include crafts, nutrition, fun fitness, nature exploration, recycling awareness, and bird watching.

Transportation to and from Community Centers is the parent’s responsibility. Student to staff ration is 1 to 25 with qualified professional recreation staff. Parents must ensure that youth wear masks to the program.

The cost is $30.00 per child per week. Online registration is required, and fee exemptions are available to parents or guardians who qualify. Appropriate documentation is required. Ask for more information regarding qualification criteria. The Summer Enrichment Program operates under “Texas Standards of Care” as defined by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.

Please note that UNANNOUNCED site visits are conducted by both City and State officials.

Frequently asked questions about Summer Enrichment Program - Click here

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Opening Doors gives teens, ages 14-18, an opportunity to provide community service opportunities during the summer. The program is designed to develop teen character and self-worth, while preparing them for future job interviews. A mock interview and suggestions of resume preparation are part of the program. Teens also participate in hands-on service-learning projects, filed trips, educational workshops, and a team building camping experience at Lake Houston Wilderness Park. The 8-week summer workshop program meets at Judson Robinson, Jr., Community Center.


This year-round program is a volunteering experience for tweens and teens, ages 14-18. It offers participants opportunities to build confidence and self-esteem through mentoring and program support with HPARD programs and special events. H-Town will offer a variety of volunteering opportunities and special events throughout the year including community projects, teen forums and educational workshops, field trips and tours, and hands-on outdoor environmental education learning experiences.


The After-School Meal Program provides a snack and supper to youth ages 1 – 18 who participate in programming at one of 48 H.P.A.R.D. community centers or at approved partner sites. It is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture (T.D.A.) Child and Adult Care Food Program (C.A.C.F.P.). Sites were approved by the T.D.A. based on their eligibility requirements, which designate eligible areas as those served by a school in which 50% or more of the children enrolled are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

There are no enrollment requirements for the C.A.C.F.P. program. Participating youth will be served a free snack and supper between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from September 14, 2020, through May 28, 2021. H.P.A.R.D. manages the program for the City of Houston and participating sites are sponsored under H.P.A.R.D. The facility hosting the program must provide educational or enrichment activities, be open to all children, and not limit participation or membership on the basis of the child’s ability. H.P.A.R.D. accepts registrations throughout the year from groups interested in becoming an After-School Meal Program site. Groups that would like to register to become an After-School Meal Program Site may contact Rummeka Allen at 713.676.6832.

Ages: 1 - 18
Registration: Not Required
Fee: FREE
Program Dates Sept 19, 2020 – May 28, 2021
 Mon - Fri ONLY
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Printable pdf
Information: 713.676.6832

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Since 1980, HPARD has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program for youth ages 18 and under. The nutritious packed lunches are prepared and delivered daily to each site and comply with federal and state requirements. They include one serving of milk, two or more servings of vegetables and/or fruits, one serving of grain or bread, and one serving of meat or meat alternative.


The Curbside Meal Program for Youth is distributed at ??? sites across the city. The program is available for children ages 1 to 18 provided they are in the vehicle picking up the meals. Meals include a snack and dinner and are placed in vehicles for hands-free distribution.

Ages: 1 - 18
Registration: Not Required
Fee: FREE
Program Dates Sept 19, 2020 – May 28, 2021
 Mon - Fri ONLY
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Printable pdf
Information: 713.676.6832

Soccer for Success is an after-school program, offered free to participants, that is proven to help kids establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through trained coach-mentors and family engagement.

Partnering with community-based organizations, like the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the U.S. Soccer Foundation operates Soccer for Success sites across the U.S. – providing thousands of children in grades K-8 with free after-school programming. Houston Soccer for Success is currently serving around 1,500 youth throughout 20 sites (schools and parks) in the Houston Area.

Each child in the program receives:
   • Jersey, shin guards and a ball
   • 75-90 minutes of play per day
   • 3 days of exercise per week
   • Two twelve week seasons each year

SPRING
Ages: 5 – 14
Online Registration: January 10 - 30, 2022 
 https://www.houstonsoccerforsuccess.org/ .
Fee: Free
Program Dates January 31 – May 27, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: See list below
Information: 832.395.7576
 Larry.nguyen@houstontx.gov
Beverly Hills Park Ingrando Park
Burnett-Bayland Park Lincoln Park
Eastwood Park Marian Park
F.M Law Park Milby Park
Herman Brown Park Moody Park
FALL
Ages: 5 – 14
Online Registration: September 1 - 11, 2022
 https://www.houstonsoccerforsuccess.org/ .
Fee: Free
Program Dates September 12 – December 16, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: See list below
Information: 832.395.7576
 Larry.nguyen@houstontx.gov
Alief Park Highland Park
Beverly Hills Park Ingrando Park
Burnett-Bayland Park Marian Park
Eastwood Park Milby Park
F.M. Law Park Moody Park
Hermann Brown Park  

In 2017 HPARD started a competitive youth soccer program with the intention of providing an accessible and ideal environment for developing elite soccer players ages 8 - 18. It is the sequential bridge from recreational level play for youth who want to challenge themselves with a higher level of play emphasizing healthy competition and positive sportsmanship.

Our primary objective is to reach out to youth in underserved communities and provide a quality competitive soccer club experience that is affordable, equitable, and inclusive. We aim to coach youth high level soccer skills, tactics, fitness and conditioning, winning with graciousness, and losing with dignity and honor.

H-town Soccer Academy is a member of the Houston Youth Soccer Association (HYSA), South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA), and United States Youth Soccer (USYS).


SPRING
Ages: 6 - 18
Free Tryouts: TBA
Season Fee: $205 per season (does not include uniform)
Program Dates: January 22 – May 31, 2022
Locations: Milby Park Fields #1 – 2
 2001 Central St, Houston, TX 77017
 Memorial Park Fields #7 – 8
 6501 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007
Information: 832.395.7576
 Larry.nguyen2@houstontx.gov
FALL
Ages: 6 - 18
Free Tryouts: July 25 and 27th, 2022
 6:00 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.
 Memorial Park Field #8
 6501 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007
Season Fee: $205 per season (does not include uniform)
Program Dates: August 1 – December 16, 2022
Locations: Milby Park Fields #1 – 2
 2001 Central St, Houston, TX 77017
 Memorial Park Fields #7 – 8
 6501 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007
Information: 832.395.7576
 Larry.nguyen2@houstontx.gov

 

The Greater Houston Police Activities League (GHPAL) and Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) are teaming up to provide year-round Youth Sports Development Programming in neighborhood parks. A program of structured, safe sports programs for youth at various HPARD parks. Kids ages 9 – 17 will learn sport-specific skills in flag football, basketball, soccer, and other sports. They will also learn motor skills development, fitness conditioning, and have opportunities for healthy competition. GHPAL officers will mentor youth in leadership and healthy living. Free!

2022 Winter Session Youth Basketball Development Program
Program Dates: January 24 – March 5, 2022
Online Registration: January 3 - 17, 2022
 https://apm.activecommunities.com/houstonparks/Home
Days: Mon & Wed or Tues & Thurs
Ages: 9 – 12 years and 13 – 17 years
Sites & Time: Hartman           Mon & Wed 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 Moody              Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Emancipation   Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Marian              Mon & Wed 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Candlelight       Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Moody              Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 North Wayside Tue & Thur 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 Sunnyside        Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Townwood        Tue & Thur 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Information: 832.395.7039

2022 Fall Session Youth Flag Football Development Program
Program Dates: September 19 – November 19, 2022
Online Registration: September 1 – 12, 2022
 https://apm.activecommunities.com/houstonparks/Home
Days: Mon & Wed or Tues & Thurs
Ages: 9 – 12 years and 13 – 17 years
Sites & Time: Alief                  Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Beverly Hills     Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Crain                Tue & Thur 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
 Emancipation   Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Marian              Mon & Wed 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Mason              Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Moody              Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 North Wayside Tue & Thur 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 Sunnyside        Tue & Thur 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 Townwood        Tue & Thur 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Information: 832.395.7039


Please check back for the 2022 registration schedule. For more information, call 832.395.7294.

Baseball is Back! Let's Play Ball! Join HPARD and our hometown Houston Astros for our FREE, recreational Jr. RBI Youth Baseball, Softball and T-ball program for youth ages 4-18. League play begins March 19, 2022 and runs through May. Registration is in person from January 10 – February 18, 2022 at Targeted League sites. Volunteer Coaches are needed, and training is provided. Contact your nearest Community Center for more information.


In August 2014, the First Tee of Greater Houston adopted responsibility for the operations of the youth program and the facility’s ground maintenance while the City of Houston retained ownership of the property. The First Tee provides programs for youth 7-18 years old of age that teach character development, healthy habits, and life skills using the game of golf.

For program information, please visit https://www.thefirstteegreaterhouston.org/