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
  • AFTER-SCHOOL
    MEAL
    PROGRAM
  • SUMMER
    FOOD SERVICE
    PROGRAM
  • CURBSIDE
    MEAL
    PROGRAM
  • SOCCER
    FOR
    SUCCESS
  • H-TOWN
    SOCCER
    ACADEMY
  • GREATER HOUSTON
    POLICE ACTIVITIES
    LEAGUE (GHPAL)
  • FIRST TEE
    OF
    HOUSTON
  • ASTROS
    JR. RBI
    PROGRAM
  • INSTRUCTIONAL
    JR. RBI AT
    BAT PROGRAM
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AFTER-SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (A.S.A.P.)

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 2023 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.

AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (A.E.P.)

  - Online Registration
  - Online Registration Instructions

The After-School Enrichment Program (AEP) is a fun recreational and cultural enrichment program for youth ages 6 - 13. Registration is required for this fun-filled program. Youth participants are engaged in a wide variety of activities that include crafts, nutrition, fun fitness, nature exploration and instructional sports. The program is available at 54 HPARD community centers with a heightened sense of cleaning and safety measures as this program has high physical contact with surfaces, people and equipment coupled with proximity.

Parents are required to review and acknowledge a program orientation via ActiveNet registration process. Transportation to and from community center is the parent's responsibility. Staff to youth participant ratio is 1:25 with qualified professional recreation staff and background checks are required for all volunteers and partnerships. The program is FREE of charge for all participants. Online registration will be available and can be accessed at https://apm.activecommunities.com/houstonparks/Home OR www.houstonparks.org.

HPARD's Afterschool Enrichment Program operates under "Texas Standards of Care" as defined by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. Additionally, field trips may be scheduled at minimum cost.

For more Information:
- (832) 395-7131
- (832) 395-7133
- (832) 395-7261
- (832) 395-7294

Ages: 6 - 13 years old
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 6, 2022 - May 12, 2023
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Visit link for a PDF Flier of sites

SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (S.E.P.)

- Online Registration
- Online Registration Instructions
- Frequently asked questions about Summer Enrichment Program - Click here

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s 2022 Summer Enrichment Program will operate at 54 Community Centers from June 13 – August 19, 2022. This program is a 10-week day-camp style program for youth ages 6-13. Registration is required for this fun-filled program and will be available online, beginning April 1. 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.

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.

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OPENING DOORS TEEN WORKSHOP

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.
Program Dates Jun. 21 - Aug. 12, 2022 (Mon. - Thu.)
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $30 per week; per participant
Exemptions available for those who qualify

AFTER SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM

The After-School Meal Program provides a snack and supper to youth ages 18 and under who participate in programming at one of 45 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 6, 2022, through May 31, 2023. 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 Sep. 6, 2022 – May 31, 2023
Mon. - Fri. ONLY
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Printable pdf
Information: 713.676.6832

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SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

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.
Offers: Lunches and snacks at over 200 sites across the city for children ages 1 – 18 to replace meals provided during the school year. No registration is required. HPARD has sponsored this program since 1980.
Ages: 1 - 18
Fee: Free (no registration required)
Locations: Over 200 sites across Houston and Harris County
Days: Jun. 13 – Aug. 19 (Weekdays only)
Time: Breakfast: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Information: 2-1-1 (and give operator your zip code for closest site to you)
713.676.6832

CURBSIDE MEAL PROGRAM

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 Sep. 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

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-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 8 sites in the Houston Area.

Each child in the program receives a free Jersey, shin guards and a ball. In addition, each child participates in 75-90 minutes of play per day, 3 days of exercise per week, and two twelve week seasons each year

Ages: 5 – 14 years
Fee: Free
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program/Registration Dates: SPRING:
Season Dates:        Jan 31 – May 27, 2023
Registration Dates: Jan 10 - 30, 2023
https://www.houstonsoccerforsuccess.org/
FALL:
Season Dates:        Sep 11 – Dec 15, 2023
Registration Dates: Aug 28 - Sep 8, 2023
https://www.houstonsoccerforsuccess.org/
Location: Alief Park                       Ingrando Park
Burnett-Bayland Park    Highland Park
Clark Park                      Milby Park
Herman Brown Park      Moody Park
Information: 832.395.7576
larry.nguyen2@houstontx.gov

H-TOWN SOCCER ACADEMY

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
Season Fee: $315 per season (does not include uniform)
Program Dates: Jan. 9 – May 31, 2023
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
Season Fee: $315 per season (does not include uniform)
Program Dates: Aug. 1 – Dec. 16, 2023
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

 

GREATER HOUSTON POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE

The Greater Houston Police Activities League (GHPAL) and Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) will offer 4 Youth Baseball/Softball Clinics for kids ages 9 – 17 years old in the Spring and Summer at Memorial Park Field #1 (next to pool). Youth will learn the fundamentals of baseball/softball by working on various skills in stations, such as infield work (grounders, fly balls, throwing between bases), hitting (swing mechanics), and outfield work (fly balls, grounders, throwing technique). The clinic will conclude with a game between the GHPAL Officers, Houston Hustle Officers, and the youth. Snacks and water will be provided.

FIRST TEE OF HOUSTON

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://firstteegreaterhouston.org/

ASTROS JR. RBI LEAGUE

Join HPARD and our hometown Houston Astros for our FREE, Jr. RBI Baseball, Softball and T-ball program for youth ages 4-18.

League play begins March 18, 2023 and runs through April 29, 2023.

Register in person from January 17 – February 27, 2023, at 13 target league sites.

Volunteer Coaches are needed, and training is provided. Contact your nearest Community Center for more information.

Ages: 4 - 18
Fee: Free
Registration Dates: January 17 – February 27, 2023, In person
Registration Times: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Weekdays
Registration: Register in person at Target League Sites
Location: Download a pdf of Targeted League Site Locations
Information: 832.395.7275
832.395.7276
832.395.2777

INSTRUCTIONAL JR. RBI AT BAT PROGRAM

Youth ages 6 -13 may also take part in Fun At Bat Instructional Baseball skills learning on Wednesdays at 53 Community Centers for registered After-School Enrichment Program participants.

Register online for the FREE After-School Enrichment Program at https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/houstonparks/home?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true.

Ages: 6 - 13
Fee: Free
Registration: Ongoing
Registration Dates: March 22 – May 10, 2023, Wednesdays
Registration Times: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (during After-School Enrichment Program)
Locations: Download a pdf of Instructional JR. RBI Site Locations
Information: 832.395.7261
832.395.7297
832.395.7294