Youth Sports and Recreation

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) provides programming and recreational sports opportunities for children ages 4 to 18 in a safe, secure and supervised environment.

Youth programming is available year-round through H.P.A.R.D.’s Community Centers. Activities include after-school and summer enrichment programming, after-school and summer food service for youth, teen mentoring and academic support and much more.

A variety of free recreational sports are available. Participants receive equipment, uniforms, facility usage and expert coaching free of charge. League play is organized and directed by experienced youth sports professionals. H.P.A.R.D. staff and volunteers provide coaching assistance, encouragement and support to the children participating in our programs.

We invite you to visit your neighborhood H.P.A.R.D. Community Center to find out more.



In July 2014, Houston City Council passed a proposal that consolidated two chapters of The First Tee, The First Tee of Houston at FM Law Park and The First Tee of Greater Houston.

As a result, in August 2014, The First Tee of Greater Houston assumed responsibility for the youth program operations and the grounds maintenance of the facility, while the City of Houston retained ownership of the property.

The First Tee provides programs for youth 7-18 years of age which teach character development, healthy habits, and life skills, using the game of golf.  For program information, please visit:


Boys and girls ages 4 – 18 may participate in this FREE baseball, softball, and T-ball league. T-shirts, equipment, and coaching are provided. Grand Slam for Youth Baseball is a partnership between the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Houston Astros, the Astros Foundation and Minute Maid. Volunteer coaches are needed & training is provided. Please check back for updates for the 2022 registration schedule.

Phone: 832.395.7294


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

Ages: 5 – 14
Online Registration: September 1 - 12, 2021 .
Program Dates September 13 – December 9, 2021
Location: See list below
Information: (832) 395-7576
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


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).


Ages: 6 - 18
Free Tryouts: July 26 and 28th
 6:00 pm – 7:20 pm
 Memorial Park Field #8
 6501 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007; Tryouts are free.
Season Fee: $205 per season (does not include uniform)
Program Dates: August 2 – December 12, 2021
Time: TBA
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


Ages: 6 - 18
Free Tryouts: TBA
Season Fee: $205 per season (does not include uniform)
Program Dates: January 22 – May 31, 2022
Time: TBA
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


Online Registration / Brochure PDF Available for download

The Houston Youth Tennis Program (also referred to as National Junior Tennis & Learning or HTA NJTL) is a free, year-round program offered at parks across the city for youth ages 6 - 18 (ages 4 - 18 in the Summer). During the school year, classes meet after school twice per week, except for the Home School program that meets twice per week in the morning. During the summer, classes meet four days per week with some sites in the morning and others in the afternoon. This program incorporates developmental skills, tennis instruction and educational opportunities. Participants are encouraged to take part in additional play opportunities including the annual Holiday Cheer Tennis Tournament in December. The Youth Tennis Program is co-sponsored by the Houston Tennis Association along with Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, Tennis Express, USTA Foundation, and Harris County Department of Education CASE for Kids. Information: 832.395.7561.

Ages: 6 - 18
Registration: Online (Class size limited)
Free: FREE
Program Dates: Fall I Session: September 8 – October 15, 2020
Fall II Session: October 19 – November 24, 2020
Classes meet two days per week, please check brochure
Time: After School Class Times:
4:15-5:15 p.m. Junior Development 1 (Ages 6-10)
5:15-6:15 p.m. Junior Development 2 (Ages 8-18)
6:15-7:15 p.m. Junior Development 3/Intermediate (must pass skills test)
Different times at Lee LeClear Tennis Center, see brochure

 Home School Class Times: (two classes, one hour each)
Highland (WF, 9-11 a.m.)
Lee LeClear (TTh, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Memorial Park (TTh, 12-2 p.m.)
Sagemont (TTh, 9:30-11:30 a.m.)
Information: 832.395.7561.
 For current program information and online registration click here



Online Registration

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.

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

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.
- Webpage:


- Online Registration
- Online Registration Instructions

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers the Afterschool Enrichment Program (A.E.P.) free to charge for youth at citywide community centers. Youth participants are engaged in a wide variety of activities including arts and entertainment, fun fitness, instructional sports, nature, partnerships and special events. AEP operates under a 1:25 staff/youth ratio and back ground checks are required for all volunteers and partnerships. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent.

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 years old
Registration: Online registration required or
 Contact nearest community center for additional information.
Program Dates September 4 - December 14, 2018 (Fall Session)
January 7 - May 10, 2019 (Spring Session)
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


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 pm, Monday through Friday, from September 4, 2018, through May 24, 2019. 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
Program Dates Sept 4, 2018 - May 24, 2019,
 Mon – Fri ONLY
Time: 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Locations: Printable pdf
Information: 713.676.6832


- Online Registration
- Online Registration Instructions

S.E.P. is a 10-week day-camp style program for youth ages 6 - 13. Registration is required for this fun-filled program. Available at 19 H.P.A.R.D. community centers, program activities include: crafts, nutrition, fun fitness, nature exploration, recycling awareness, and bird watching.

Transportation to and from community center is the parents responsibility. Student to staff ratio is 1 to 8 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 Fee exemptions are available to parents or guardians who qualify. Appropriate documentation is required. Ask for more information regarding qualification criteria.

The program operates smoothly and to verify information. Please note that UNANNOUNCED site visits are conducted by City and State officials.

H.P.A.R.D.’s Summer Enrichment Program operates under “Texas Standards of Care” as defined by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. No field trips during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently asked questions about Summer Enrichment Program - Click here

Ages: 6 - 13
Registration: Begins April 1, 2020
Fee: $30 per child per week
Program Dates June 1 - August 7, 2020
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 19 Community Centers
Information: 832.395.7294


Since 1980, H.P.A.R.D. has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program for youth ages 18 and under. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) and administered through Texas Department of Agriculture. The Walmart Foundation’s Texas State Giving Program has teamed up with H.P.A.R.D. to help alleviate childhood hunger in Houston.

The Summer Food Service Program is available at sites across Houston and Harris County, providing nutritious lunches and snacks Monday through Friday at Houston Parks and Recreation Department Community Centers and other participating locations including: churches, apartment complexes, learning centers and other nonprofit organizations. No registration is required.

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.

Interested organization who would like to register to become a Summer Food Service Site must meet and follow these requirements:

  • Complete and return a Request to Participate Form now available from the Department's Summer Food Service Program Office and online.
  • Participate in and pass a Pre-Operational Visit. This visit is required to determine that site locations have the facilities to provide meal service for the anticipated number of participants in attendance and the capability of conducting the proposed meal service.
  • Attend a Site Supervisor's Training Session before the 2020 Summer Food Service Program operation begins. Site staff is required to attend this session and a Summer Food Service Program Operating Manual is provided.
  • Participate in continuing site visits by the Summer Food Service Program Staff throughout the program's operation. These visits are conducted to ensure that the program operates smoothly and to verify information. Please note that UNANNOUNCED site visits are conducted by City and State officials.
  • Site Supervisor maintains accurate records of meals that are served. No billing or food preparation is involved. The Summer Food Service Program is FREE for youth.
Ages: 18 and under
Registration: Not Required
Program Dates June 1 - August 7, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (breakfast)
 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (lunch)
Location: H.P.A.R.D. Community Centers, churches, apartment  complexes,  learning centers, and other non-profit organizations
(in English or Spanish)
Call 2-1-1 For Locations


Parents are invited to participate in this program for youth ages 4 and under. This parent/child program include fitness activities, arts and crafts and social games. Parents and/or guardian must accompany child at all times.

Ages: 6 months - 4 years
Registration: Ongoing
Program Dates January 7 – May 17, 2019

Milroy Park Community Ctr.
 1205 Yale, 77008

Candlelight Community Center
 1520 Candlelight, 77018

River Oaks Community Center
 3600 Locke Lane, 77027

Information: 713.867.0397


Athletes Seeking Knowledge provides scholarships and other resources to assist young people in the pursuit of higher education or to help improve their current academic standing. Hundreds of teensparticipate in the ASK Program every year.

Since 2000, over $200,000 has been awarded to Houstonarea youth and teens in scholarships, tutoring programs, college and career fairs, SAT and ACT practice exams, academic bowls, and college campus tours.

A variety of ASK activities are planned throughout the year. Activities are open to all HPARD youth and teen recreation program registrants and volunteers.

Contact your local community center for upcoming ASK program activities.

Ages: 13 - 18
Registration: Ongoing
Program Dates Year round

All Community Center

Information: 832.395.7293


Opening Doors gives teens an opportunity to provide community service 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 on resume preparation are part of the program. Teens also participate in hands-on service learning projects, field 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.

Ages: 14 - 18
Registration: To be announced
Fee: $30 per week
Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Mon - Thu
Location: Judson Robinson, Jr
 2020 Hermann Drive, 77004
Information: 832.395.7626


This year-round program is open to tweens and teens, ages 14-18. It offers participants opportunities to build confidence and self-esteem through mentoring and program support with H.P.A.R.D. programs and special events. HTOWN will offer a variety of activities and events including: community and volunteer projects, teen forums and educational workshops, field trips and tours, hands-on outdoor activities, monthly awareness events, sports and special events.

Ages: 14 - 18
Registration: Ongoing
Program Dates: Year Around
Location: Judson Robinson, Jr.
 2020 Hermann Drive, 77004
Information: 832.395.7131


This program offers a variety of fun programs, mentoring opportunities, and peer group special events for teens,14 - 18, at community centers during the summer. Year round programs are coordinated through the Teen Program Section. Activities include motivational speakers, essay competitions, talent exhibitions, teen camp experiences, nature activities, cultural programs, special events and college tours.

Ages: 14 - 18
Registration: Ongoing
Program Dates: Year Around
Location: Judson Robinson, Jr.
 2020 Hermann Drive, 77004
Information: 713.284.1997
Ages: 10 - 24
Registration: Required
With completion of 6 Hrs of Community Service prior to procedure
Program Dates: Once A Quarter (On 2nd Sat of Scheduled Month)
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Judson Robinson, Jr.
 2020 Hermann Drive, 77004
Information: 832.395.7297