Teams We Offer

Flag Football
For players entering grades 1 and 2. Introduces the basic game play and rules of football. No tackling is allowed.
Junior Rocket Football
For players entering grades 2, 3 and 4. First level that football players will be allowed to tackle in live game competition.
Senior Rocket Football
For players entering grades 5 and 6. Games at this level are usually governed and officiated by using High School rules.

Football during the fall in Hartford is a long-standing tradition that always continues to build and grow every year. Throughout its successful history, hundreds of young athletes have crafted their skills using the flag football and rocket football programs that the Hartford Council for Recreation created with our community’s youth in mind. The teams we put on the field compete with teams from other communities to try and win games, but they also learn more important lessons like sportsmanship and fair play. They also receive valuable knowledge about the sport from coaches who enjoy coaching and working with their players to make them better on and, most importantly, off the field. In the end, they encourage everyone to just have fun, because that is what youth sports should always be about!

This season promises to be another action-packed fall full of excitement for everyone involved. With everything we mentioned above in mind, what are some more of the allures of playing football in our programs? In addition to the fun you have and the skills you learn from knowledgeable coaches, you get to compete against neighboring communities and forge rivalries of your own. You also play your home games at Indian Stadium, home of the 1993 Class CC State Champion Hartford Indians. This opportunity gives our players a small taste of playing football on the “big stage” in front of family, friends and fans that attend the games on Saturday’s throughout the fall. So, as you can see, if you have a child that wants to participate in a sport during the fall, look no further than the Hartford Council for Recreation and our flag football and rocket football programs!


The fall football season is upon us! As we speak, sign-ups are taking place and once things are finalized, coaches will be contacting their players. Practices for rocket football will begin the week of August 7th. There will be an annual scrimmage and weigh-in during the month of August, however, a date and time has not been released yet. The regular season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 9th and last until Saturday, October 21st, giving our teams a seven-week season. The game schedule will be posted as soon as it becomes available. When it is released, you will be able to find the schedule under the 2017 Season Schedule section that will be posted below. We appreciate everyone’s patience as the scrimmage information and schedule are being finalized over the next couple of weeks. We are looking forward to a fantastic 2017 football season and appreciate the support from the community of our continued, strong youth initiatives. We look forward to seeing everyone at Indian Stadium this season!


The 2017 flag football, junior rocket football and senior rocket football schedule is below. Please note that senior rocket football games will begin at 10:00 AM, junior rocket football games will begin at 11:30 AM and flag football games will begin at 1:00 PM.

September 9th:

Bangor at Hartford

Indian Stadium
September 16th: Hartford at Bloomingdale Cardinal Field
September 23rd: Decatur at Hartford Indian Stadium
September 30th: Cassopolis at Hartford Indian Stadium
October 7th: Coloma at Hartford Indian Stadium
October 14th: Lawrence at Hartford Indian Stadium
October 21st: Hartford at Marcellus Marcellus Stadium


Football Director: Bert Saldana (269) 674-9515

Flag Football
Flag Football Team: Marilyn Mead (269) 214-1078

Rocket Football
Junior Rocket Football Team: Shawn Phillips (269) 308-1261
Senior Rocket Football Team: Bert Saldana (269) 674-9515

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