Want to join a softball team? Need to improve your tennis game? The Houston Parks and Recreation Department provides recreational sports opportunities for children ages 4 to 18 in a safe, secure and supervised environment. Best of all, participants receive equipment, uniforms, facility usage and expert coaching free of charge.
League play is organized and directed by experienced youth sports professionals. Community Center staff and volunteers provide coaching assistance, encouragement and support to the children participating in our programs.
A variety of free sports is always in swing citywide for boys and girls. Sign up at your local community center or call the Recreation and Wellness Office at 832.395.7292 or 832.395.7294. Also, volunteer league coaches for all sports are regularly needed.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced swim classes for youth ages 6-18 are held Tuesday through Friday, beginning June 15. Information: 832.395.7129. (more)
Minute Maid Grand Slam for Youth Baseball
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, and Minute Maid. Volunteer coaches are needed and training is provided. For information, call 832.395.7294.
The First Tee of Houston Junior Golf Program
Children ages 7–18 learn the art of golf through our Junior Golf program using the First Tee Curriculum. This innovative and technically strong golf instruction takes participants through three skill levels: par, birdie and eagle and emphasizes the qualities of good sportsmanship and fair play. This free, year-round program consists of four-week sessions offered at The First Tee of Houston Junior Golf Facility at F.M. Law Park, 8400 Mykawa. Information: 832.395.7300.
Youth Tennis Program
The City of Houston Youth Tennis Program (also referred to as the National Junior Tennis League or HTA-NJTL) is a free, year-round program offered at parks across the city for youth ages 4 – 18. This program incorporates basic tennis instruction and participants are encouraged to take part in USTA Junior Team Tennis leagues and play in the annual Holiday Cheer Tennis Tournament in December. The City of Houston Youth Tennis Program is co-sponsored by the Houston Tennis Association, the United States Tennis Association, and the Houston Ladies Tennis Association. Information: 713.803.1112.
Hershey’s Track and Field Games
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers summer track and field meets in conjunction with the Hershey’s Track and Field Games and with support from The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation. Boys and girls ages 6 – 14 are encouraged to register for this FREE program. Meets are held in June and July and are designed to promote youth physical fitness and provide fun learning experiences for children through running, jumping, and throwing. The program is a great way to get kids started in a physical fitness program, and any child may participate. Information: 832.395.7292 or 832.395.7294.
2014 Dates to be Announced
A.S.K. (Athletes Seeking Knowledge) Program
As an extension to our traditional recreational sports programming, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department created the Athletes Seeking Knowledge (ASK) program to mold better student-athletes by offering tools and guidance for obtaining academic success. ASK offers participants ages 12–18 a number of free educational resources, such as tutorial sessions at community centers, professionally administered test preparation sessions, and organized university tours. Information: 832.395.7293.
Permitting opportunities for youth includes free assistance in securing recreational park space for ballfields, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. Facilities are open for usage year-round to outside organizations. Private youth leagues will be required to pay a grounds maintenance deposit in the amount of $100 per facility. Information: 832.395.7012.
Soccer For Success
Soccer for Success
Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s program for youth development that utilizes HISD facilities and HPARD’s expertise in organizing and running sports leagues to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles in low-income urban neighborhoods. It has made a significant impact with students and teachers at schools where it has been implemented since 2006.
The core components are:
Physical Activity: Children participate in 90 minute sessions at least three days a week to ensure they receive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.
Mentorship: Each site is staffed by caring coaches who serve as mentors that are invested in the successful development of each child. Mentors stress the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and violence.
Nutrition: Soccer for Success staff deliver relevant educational activities where participants are taught the basics of nutrition, the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices, and the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits.
Family Engagement: Soccer for Success strives to turn parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program's teachings by applying them in their homes. Family members are provided with information on nutrition, health, and public services that will aide them in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.
For more information, please call 832.395.7292 or 832.395.7294.
- For fee schedules, go to http://cohapp.cityofhouston.gov/FIN_FeeSchedule/default.aspx