Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Youth Recreational Sports


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The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) 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 HPARD’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. HPARD staff and volunteers provide coaching assistance, encouragement and support to the children participating in our programs.

We invite you to visit your neighborhood HPARD Community Center to find out more.

Youth Recreational Sports

Aquatics Programs – H2O Safe
H.P.A.R.D.offers free learn to swim classes for youth through the H2OSafe program. Classes are accessible to all and are offered at various skill levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. All classes are free. Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis during specified registration periods.

For more information visit our Aquatics webpage

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Aquatics Programs – Youth Water Fitness
Water fitness is a great exercise for any age, any fitness level and any body type. No fee is charged. Classes are scheduled from June 7 – August 8. All enrollments are filled on a “first-come, first served” basis.

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First Tee of Houston Junior Golf
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

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Hershey’s Track and Field
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 / 832.395.7294

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.

Information: 832.395.7294

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Soccer for Success
Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s program for youth development that uses 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.

The core components include:

  • 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.

Information: 713.645.8433

Youth Tennis

Online Registration

The Youth Tennis Program is a FREE program offered at a variety of public parks throughout the year by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Houston Tennis Association, Inc.-NJTL. The program is designed to provide children with the fundamentals of the game of tennis and educational components that develop life skills. Equipment is available for use during class. Online registration is available or you may sign up on site the first day of class. (No new registrants after first two weeks of session and class size may be limited).

2014 Fall Youth Tennis Schedule (printable pdf)

Ages: 6 - 18
Registration: Online or On Site First Day of Class
Fall Session I: Sep 2 - Oct 9, 2014
Fall Session II: Oct 13 - Nov 20, 2014
Days: Mon & Wed or Tue & Thu
Time: 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Recreation 1 (R1)
 Beginners; fun-based instruction (age 6-10)
 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Recreation 2 (R2)
 Beginners/Adv, Beginners; learning-based  (age 8-18)
 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.* Recreation 3 (R3)
 Intermediate; must pass skills test (at sites marked with * only)
Information: 713.803.1112