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About Hopkins Football League (HFL)

The Hopkins Football League is a youth football organization serving kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Your child does not have to attend Hopkins School District 270 to participate. Each year we have approximately 150 players participating on tackle and flag football teams. HFL tackle teams participate in the Lake Minnetonka Athletic Association and play games against other area teams from Minnetonka, Wayzata, Edina, Orono, St. Louis Park, and Maple Grove.

The HFL seeks to promote the growth and development of our players in a fun, safe and competitive environment that maximizes participation and improves players' skills while developing sportsmanship, teamwork, and self-confidence.

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2019 HFL Tackle Football

We are excited to have you as part of the Hopkins football community. The HFL Tackle season begins with our first practice on August 12 followed by a game schedule that begins the first week of September and concludes October 12.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Games start on September 7! Please be sure to register with the appropriate age group.

Your registration includes use of helmet, shoulder pads, game pants and pant pads that all need to be returned at the final game of the year. Also included is a game jersey that players keep at the end of the year.

Players are responsible for providing their own practice jersey, practice pants, cleats, athletic cup, mouth guard and socks. There is a small charge by each coach or team parent to have the names put on the jerseys.

**There is a $100 charge if equipment is not returned, charged in November. Stay tuned for EQUIPMENT RETURN DATES announced toward the end of the season.

HFL Tackle 7th & 8th Grades Registration Fee:

Fee: $150 (Scholarships available for free and reduced lunch). Registration closes on September 8, 2019.

HFL Tackle 5th & 6th Grades Registration Fee:

Before June 1, 2019:  SUPER Early Bird Registration Fee — $200

June 1, 2019 - July 1, 2019:  Regular Early Bird Registration Fee — $235

After July 1, 2019:  Standard Registration Fee — $275

NOTE: Although our pre-season practices begin August 12, registration will remain open until SEPTEMBER 1.

Program Details:

See our Key Dates page for general details.

In addition, please note the following:

Pre-Season Practices (before school starts):

We will practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 5:30-7:00 pm at Hopkins High School on Field H11 (near the water tower).

The first practice is August 12 (5:30-7:00), followed by a kick-off event including snacks, a couple guest speakers, and a football movie (outdoors under the stars). Players and families are invited to stay after practice and celebrate the start of football season!!!

We will then practice August 13 and 15. This first week will focus on speed, agility, conditioning, and fundamentals. No helmets or pads on August 12 & 13. Helmets and shoulder pads will be worn on August 15. Coaches will follow up with more information about the rest of the pre-season practices.

Note: If you have any difficulty getting your player to and/or from pre-season practices in August, please contact Mark Vagle at

Practices after School Starts

For 7th & 8th Grade:

Practices will be held after school from approximately 3:15-4:50, 4 days per week, Monday-Thursday (with at least 1 of those practices being a speed, agility, & conditioning session). The activity bus leaves the school at 5:10. The coaching staff will communicate any adjustments to what is listed here.

For 5th & 6th Grade:

Practices will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:30-7:00 at Hopkins High School on Field H11 (near the water tower). The coaching staff will follow up with more specifics regarding practices.


2019 Summer Football Camp

Check out the details for the Summer Football camp at

2019 HFL Hopkins Flag Football League

In addition to tackle, Hopkins Football League (HFL) is offering a Co-ed Flag Football League to Incoming K- 6th graders.   

Program Goal:  Provide participants with introductory football skills instruction, strength and conditioning and a ton of fun playing flag football.

Cost: $85 for K-2, $100 for 3-6 graders




  • All divisions to generally run from the weekend after Labor Day to the weekend before MEA Weekend.  2019 Dates: 9/7 through 10/12.
  • Grades K-2: Saturday Mornings starting 9/7
  • Grades 3-6: Wednesdays Practices (starting 8/21) & Saturday Games (starting 9/7)

Location: Hopkins High School Fields (K-2 & 3-6) plus Interleague Hosts Fields (3-6)

Equipment:  All players will wear T-shirts, shorts and sneakers.  A reversible team jersey and flag belt will be provided.  

Program Director and Contact Information:  Bo Johnston,

Looking for Volunteer Coaches/Refs – please reach out to Bo Johnston, if interested.

Scholarships - Summer Camps and Regular Season

The HFL wants all who are interested in football to have the opportunity to learn and play the great game of football. If you are in need of financial assistance for the Summer Camps or the Regular Season,  please contact Chad Shaw, HFL Treasurer @

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DICK’S Sporting Goods continues to support youth leagues in the communities they serve because they believe that Sports Matter.  Sports build character, increase confidence, and motivate kids to stay in school and aim for higher education.  As part of their support of our programming, DICK’S Sporting Goods has offered our program a discount shopping weekend on 7/21/2018 - 7/22/2018 at the Minnetonka store(s) (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Each Day)).  On these dates, DICK’S will offer our families and participants 20% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE (excluding guns / ammunition). The link below will allow you to access the coupon for this discount-shopping event.  Simply show the attached coupon via your smartphone or print a copy and  show it at checkout to receive the 20% discount.  Coupon is good during event dates/times only.




Please make sure to show your support of this great sponsor by choosing DICK’S Sporting Goods as your preferred sporting goods retailer! 

Mark Vagle

Hopkins Football League President