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Parks and Recreation


Youth Programs

Aquafina MLB Pitch, Hit & Run

Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition is held each year in May at the J.C. Love Softball Complex.  This event is a free skills competition that provides boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.  The PITCH portion of the program will test how accurately a competitor can throw strikes from 45 feet to a designated “Strike Zone” target.  The HIT portion will test a competitor’s ability to hit a baseball from a stationary tee, along a tape measure from home plate, toward straight-away centerfield.  Finally, the RUN portion will measure a competitor’s speed in a sprint from second base, touch third, and across home plate.  Winners can advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championship events at the 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. 

Interested boys and girls must pre-register by calling the RPAR office at 255-5800. 

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British Soccer Camps

RPAR is pleased to announce a year of soccer camp partnership with Challenger Sports, providers of the USA's most popular soccer camp program – British Soccer Camps.
Hundreds of Challenger coaches each year have helped the company develop one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US. Our experienced staff study the game at all levels and we have identified the key techniques and skills that your players need to work on and master to reach their true potential.
Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a daily World Cup tournament. By signing your child up online at least 45 days prior to camp they will receive a genuine British Soccer Replica Jersey. Each camper will also receive a soccer camp T-shirt, soccer ball, giant soccer poster and a personalized skills performance evaluation with your entry fee.
Camp Dates: August 5th - 9th 2013.
Camp Location:
Regional Sports Complex, 1501 South Farmerville Street, Ruston, LA, 71270

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Flag Football

RPAR's Youth Flag Football League ensures a fun experience by providing physical activity and encourages full participation for each young athlete.  Each fall, we offer the following divisions:  5 - 6 year olds, 7 - 9 and 10 - 12 year olds.  We will use the same age matrix as we do with soccer. 
Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Regional Sports Complex at 1501 Farmerville Street beginning in September.  Players must purchase an RPAR reversible jersey from local outlets.
Players registering late may be placed on a waiting list and cannot be assured a spot on a team.
Like our soccer league, volunteer coaches will teach the fundamental skills of the sport while incorporating teamwork and sportsmanship.  We will be recruiting coaches, so if you are interested, please contact Ashlynn J. Shell or Korick Wilkerson at 255-5800 or  The fee to play is $45/child (City residents) and $55/child (non-City resident). 
Registration forms can be downloaded from Quickscores.  You can register online at or in person at the RPAR office.

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Guitar Lessons

Cain Budds received the Doctor of Music Arts degree in classical guitar performance at Arizona State University where he was a student of Frank Koonce.  While in residence there, he served as a teaching assistant and faculty associate in the internationally recognized classical guitar program.

Dr. Budds is currently Assistant professor of Guitar and Music Theory as well as Head of the String Area at Louisiana Tech University where he heads a vibrant guitar studio.

He has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in the United States and Mexico, and in Master Classes with outstanding performers including Eliot Fisk, Flavio Cucchi, Paul Henry, William Kanengiser, Margarita Escarpa, Kevin Gallagher, Stephen Robinson, Javier Garcia-Moreno, and Pepe Romero.

Dr. Budds lives in Ruston with his wife Monique, their four children, and a rather large and rambunctious dog named Sally.  He collects rare and out of print vinyl records and enjoys outdoor activities including camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing and bicycling.

Dr. Budds is available to teach jazz, rock, classical, folk, and blues.  For more information or to schedule guitar lessons, contact him at 318.278.1391 or via email at

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iHoops Basketball Skills Competition

RPAR usually hosts the iHoops Basketball Skills Challenge in early November on a Saturday morning in the Bobby James Gym.  The challenge is an opportunity for boys and girls ages 8 - 14 to showcase their dribbling, passing and shooting skills in a time-based, half-court obstacle course.  There are twoseperate age groups:  ages 8 - 10 and 11 - 14.  The challenge is free to compete.

We were one of more than 800 organizations and 100,000 players that participated in local competitions last season.  

This event is always free but you must pre-register by calling 318-255-5800 to participate.


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Karate Program

Korean Karate is one of our youth year around programs that emphasize the development of lifetime skills, self control, good sportsmanship, respect, courage and loyalty.  All classes are held at the McLane Multipurpose Center, 605 James Street. 
Beginning classes are held on Monday & Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm. Intermediate and Advance classes are available on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 pm.  The monthly fee is only $49 for one or two classes per week.

Karate skills are taught for self defense, sport karate and nationally recognized belt rank certification with testing given every three months.  Gold stars will be awarded for academic excellence to A and B honor roll students.  The class is taught by Dr. David Jordan, a 9th degree black belt and three other black belt instructors. 
For more information, contact Dr. Jordan at 318-255-3763 or

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NFL Punt, Pass and Kick

Young pro-football fans are invited to compete in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition on a Saturday in September.  This program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers.  Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program.

Girls and boys in five seperate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging competition.  Age classification is as of December 31 of the current year.

No football shoes, cleats or turf shoes are allowed.  Only gym shoes (soft sole) will be permittted.  No bare feet are allowed.

With more than three million boys and girls from around the country taking part in PPK competitions every year from July through January, it is one of the world's largest youth sports participation programs.

The event is free but you must pre-register by calling the RPAR office at 318-255-5800.

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Santa's Hotline

Parents and Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts:  Are your children curious as to what Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the elves are up to at the North Pole?  Each holiday season, RPAR secures a telephone line directly from Santa, himself.  Santa leaves messages telling all of the children of Ruston what is going on at the North Pole. 

Call the office at 318-255.5800 to find out the dates the line goes live.  The telephone number to hear Santa and his elves is 318-255.5414.

Don't miss out this holiday season!

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Tie on the cleats and strap on the shin guards.  Line up at the center circle as we kickoff another season of youth league soccer for both boys and girls.  Divisions will include Under 5, Under 6, Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12.  Each year, we offer two seasons: spring and fall.

Old enough to walk?  Old enough to enjoy a little soccer.

In the Fall, RPAR has a Under 4 Soccer Program.  It's not a league, it's not a game, it's not about competition and points .... Then, what is it?  It's all about FUN and introducing your young David Beckham or Alex Morgan to the sport of soccer.

Each Saturday, we meet with our Fun Leaders (not coaches) for a session of silliness in soccer.  The main goal is to introduce this young age group to the basic concept of soccer (dribbling, no hands, kicking the ball into the goals, and running in a fun fashion.  Also, our goal is to help them improve their social skills and most importantly .... Have fun and learn a little bit about the sport of soccer.

Players must purchase a reversible RPAR jersey from a local outlet with the exception of the U4 group.

You can register online at or in person at least three months in advance.  Players registering late will be placed on a waiting list and cannot be assured a spot on a team.

Also, remember that coaches are an integral part of any program, and we are always interested in signing up volunteer coaches for our soccer program.  Give a little time, and get the satisfaction of shaping a child and much more.  Volunteer coaching information can be obtained by calling the office. 

Games are played on Saturdays at the Regional Sports Complex at 1501 South Farmerville Street.  Scores and schedules can be found at For more information, call Ashlynn J. Shell or Korick Wilkerson at the RPAR office at 318-255-5800 or email at



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Tennis Lessons

RPAR offers tennis lessons on our Municipal Tennis Courts.  Ryan Cating, a native of Lake Charles, is available to teach private and group tennis lessons.  Ryan, a junior Finance major at Louisiana Tech University, is available for private and group tennis lessons. 

Ryan played varsity team all four years while in high school and during his senior year, he and his doubles partner placed fifth in the 5A State Tournament in New Orleans.  Ryan has worked at country clubs as an assistant pro since the summer of 2008 and loves to teach people the sport that brought him so many close friends. 

To contact Ryan with questions or to schedule tennis lessons, please contact him at 337.274.5092 or via email at  

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Youth Basketball

The summer league tips off each year in June and we offer four coed age divisions:  5 - 6 year olds, 7 - 9 year olds, 10 - 13 and 14 - 16 year olds.  The games are played on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for approximately six weeks culminating in a playoff tournament for the older divisions.  All players are randomly placed on teams based on age only.  All participants will play an equal amount of time and have an equal opportunity to develop his or her skills. 

Players registering late may be placed on a waiting list and cannot be assured a spot on a team. 

Also, remember that coaches are an integral part of any program, and we are always intrested in signing up volunteer coaches for our basketball programs.  Give a little time, and get the satisfaction of shaping a child and much more.  Volunteer coaching information may be obtained by calling the office at 255.5800 or emailing the office at


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