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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 greater important lessons, like the spirit of fair play, dedication, hard work 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 have fun, 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 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 2019 Football season will be underway very soon! As we speak, the final sign-ups are taking place and once teams are finalized, coaches will be contacting their players regarding upcoming practice dates and times. Practices for all three levels will begin the week of Monday, August 5th. The annual scrimmage and weigh-in for Junior Rocket and Senior Rocket players will take place during the month of August in Hartford. However, at this time, a date and time have not been confirmed yet. The regular season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 7th and end on Saturday, October 12th, meaning our teams will play a six-week schedule. The game schedule has officially been released and you may find the schedule for the 2019 season under the “2019 Season Schedule” section below.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as the game schedule has been being finalized over the past couple of weeks by the Southwest Youth Football League. All of us with the Hartford Council for Recreation are looking forward to a fantastic 2019 Football season and we appreciate the continued support from the community of our youth sport initiatives. We look forward to hosting everyone at Indian Stadium throughout the season!

2019 Season Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis ("EEE") outbreak, game times for this season have been changed slightly. For home games, Flag Football games will begin at 2:00 PM, Junior Rocket Football games will begin at 3:30 PM and Senior Rocket Football games will begin at 5:00 PM, unless noted. Please check with your child(ren)'s coach for details on away games. As always, game dates, locations and times are subject to change.

September 7th: Hartford at Bloomingdale Cardinal Stadium
September 14th: Hartford at Watervliet Panther Stadium
September 21st: Coloma at Hartford Indian Stadium
September 28th: Hartford at Gobles Guy A. Leversee Field
October 5th: Decatur at Hartford Indian Stadium
October 12th: Bangor at Hartford Indian Stadium

Coaches Directory

Football Director: Shawn Phillips (269) 308-2267

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
For players entering grades 1 and 2. This level introduces basic game play and the rules of Football. No tackling is allowed.
Junior Rocket Football
For players entering grades 2, 3 and 4. This level is the first that Football players will be allowed to hit and tackle in live game competition.
Senior Rocket Football
For players entering grades 5 and 6. This level is the second that Football players will be allowed to hit and tackle in live game competition.


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

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