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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 2021 Football season is getting underway as we speak! Signups have taken place, and participants have been sorted into their respective teams, and with coaches or directors reaching out to set the first practice dates and times. Practices for all three levels will begin the week of Monday, August 9th. The regular season is currently scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 11th and end on Saturday, October 16th. This equates to all three teams playing a six-game schedule this season, in addition to having a preseason scrimmage prior to the start of the regular season. A full game schedule for the 2021 season has been released and you may find the schedule on the “Events” page of our website.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as the game schedules have been in the process of being finalized by the Southwest Youth Football League. All of us with the Hartford Council for Recreation are looking forward to a fantastic 2021 Football season and we appreciate the continued support from the community of our youth sport initiatives, especially considering we only had a little over a month of Football last season. We look forward to hosting everyone at Indian Stadium throughout the upcoming season!

Coaches Directory

Football Director: Lee Mireles (269) 539-1045

Teams We Offer

Flag Football Team
For players in kindergarten and grades 1 and 2. Players are introduced to basic game play and rules of the sport.
Junior Rocket Football Team
For players entering grades 2, 3 and 4. First level that players can hit and tackle in live game competition.
Senior Rocket Football Team
For players entering grades 5 and 6. More advanced level that introduces faster game action and more strict rules.


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

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