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Football during the fall in Hartford is a long-standing tradition that continues to build, grow and prosper every year. Through its very successful history, hundreds of young athletes have crafted their skills using the Flag Football, Junior Rocket Football and Senior Rocket Football programs the Hartford Council for Recreation created with the youth of our community in mind. The teams we put on the field every weekend during the season compete with teams from other communities and try to win games, but they are also taught even more important lessons, like dedication, hard work, playing in the spirit of fair play and the ultimate goal at the end of the day, sportsmanship. After all, showing sportsmanship is the responsible thing to do, win or lose.

When you join our programs, you must know that the athlete in your family is in good hands. In addition to the fun participants are sure to have, players also receive valuable knowledge about Football from coaches and volunteers who enjoy coaching our youth and working with their players to make them better on the field, and more importantly, better off the field. In the end, our coaches encourage everyone to just play their best, because that is what youth sports should always be about!

This season promises to feature another action-packed year full of excitement for everyone involved. With everything we mentioned above in mind, what are some more allures of playing Football? Football players get the opportunity to compete against neighboring communities and forge friendly rivalries of their own. In addition, players get to play home games inside Indian Stadium, home of the 1993 Class CC State Champion Hartford Indians. This gives players an incredible and unique opportunity to experience a small taste of playing Football on the “big stage” throughout the fall. So, as you can see, if you have a child that is eager to participate in a sport during the fall and is interested in physical activity, look no further than our Football programs!

Current Season Information

The 2020 Football season will be underway very soon! After initially being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Interlocal Board of Directors voted to allow the season to proceed under strict guidelines. Due to the late decision, signups took place during the first few days of practice. Practices for all three levels began the week of Monday, September 21st. The annual scrimmage and weigh-in for Junior Rocket and Senior Rocket players has been cancelled this season, due to the limitation on the amount of people that can be gathered in one location. The regular season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 3rd and end on Saturday, October 31st, meaning our teams will participate in five games this season. The game schedule has officially been released and you may find the schedule for the 2020 season by looking at the “2020 Season Schedule” section below.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we weighed a very important decision, and made that decision with the health, safety and well-being of all the participants, coaches and families as our number one priority. All of us with the Hartford Council for Recreation are looking forward to a fantastic and safe 2020 Football season and we appreciate the continued support from the community of our youth sport initiatives. We look forward to hosting everyone, with the proper health and safety precautions in place, at Indian Stadium throughout the season!

2020 Season Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current regulations in place at the local, state and federal levels, and the ever-changing dynamic of the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule posted below is subject to change at any time. Currently, Flag Football games will begin at 9:00 AM, Junior Rocket Football games will begin at 10:30 AM and Senior Rocket Football games will begin at 1:30 PM, unless noted.

October 3rd: Coloma at Hartford (SR. ONLY) Indian Stadium
October 10th: Hartford at Decatur Raider Field
October 17th: Lawton at Hartford Indian Stadium
October 24th: Marcellus at Hartford Indian Stadium
October 31st: South Haven at Hartford Indian Stadium

Coaches Directory

Football Director: Lee Mireles (269) 539-1045

Flag Football
Flag Football Team: Logan Brown (269) 308-9420

Rocket Football
Junior Rocket Football Team: Mike Dill (269) 252-1767
Senior Rocket Football Team: Lee Mireles (269) 539-1045

Teams We Offer

Flag Football Team
For players entering grades 1 and 2. Players are introduced to basic game play and rules of the sport. No tackling is allowed.
Junior Rocket Football Team
For players entering grades 2, 3 and 4. First level that players are allowed to hit and tackle in live game competition.
Senior Rocket Football Team
For players entering grades 5 and 6. Most advanced level that introduces players to faster game play and much stricter rules.


Hartford Council for Recreation
130 Lincoln Street, Post Office Box 332
Hartford, Michigan 49057

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