Girl’s Fastpitch Softball
The Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Complex has served the Hardee County Youth Sports Dixie Youth Softball Program since 2006. The season begins in March and ends in July at the conclusion of All-Stars. Since serving as the host of the HCYS Fastpitch Softball program, participation has doubled from 85 girls in 2006 to over 170 in 2008. Girls that participate in the program range in age from 7 to 15 years old. Since the softball program began using the complex, HCYS Dixie Softball has won 8 District championships, two runner-ups and are the 2008 Dixie Darlings State Runner Up. In 2006, the complex hosted the District 5 Angels All Star Tournament.
During the season, the Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Complex serves as a practice facility for the HCYS Dixie Darlings program and the HCYS Dixie Boys. Year round the Southern Shockers 14u and 12u girls’ fastpitch softball travel teams use it for practice as well. These two teams are made up of players from around Central Florida. The Southern Shockers 14u won the ISA State Championship in 2008.
The Men’s Slow-pitch softball season begins in June and ends in August. Hardee County holds two championship titles in the Men’s Slow-pitch softball division: in 1995, the “Golden Corral” team won the ISA Men’s Slow-pitch National Championship, and “Bill’s Muffler Shop” won the ISA Men’s Slow-pitch State Championship in 1997. Today there are typically 12 teams with an 18 man roster that participate in this program in Hardee County who play an average of 88 games per season. In addition, approximately 6 tournaments played by 8 teams with 15 man rosters
are held each year.
The complex serves approximately 11,000 visitors and participants annually through the Men’s Softball Program.
Men’s Church League Softball
The Men’s Church Softball League begins in March and ends in May. The program usually consists of 9 teams with 18 man rosters and plays a total of 42 games per season.
Approximately 5,000 visitors and participants are served by the complex annually through the Men’s Church League Softball Program.
Women’s Church League Softball
The Women’s Church Softball League begins in May and ends in July. The program normally consists of 6 teams with 18 woman rosters and plays a total of 42 games per season.
The facility serves approximately 6,500 visitors and participants annually through this program.
The Co-Ed Slow Pitch Softball League begins in September and ends in November. The program will usually average 6 teams with 18 person rosters and play a total of 42 games per season.
Approximately 6,000 visitors and participants are served by the facility annually through this program.
Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Fastpitch Softball
The Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Fastpitch Softball Program begins in January and ends in April. Each team consists of a roster of 15 girls and each team hosts about 16 games per season.
The facility serves approximately 9,000 visitors and participants annually through the High School Fastpitch Softball Program.
Junior High Girls Fastpitch Softball
The Girls Junior High Fastpitch Softball Program runs August through October. The roster is made up of 15 girls who play a total of 12 games per season.
The complex serves approximately 2,500 visitors and participants annually through the High School Fastpitch Softball Program.
Varsity and Junior Varsity Swim Team
The Hardee High School swim team’s season begins in August and ends in November. The team consists of approximately 40 members and there are usually 6 meets held each season.
Approximately 7,000 visitors and participants annually are served by the facility through the High School Swim Team Program.
Summer Swim Team
The summer swim team program which begins in June and ends in August, is usually made up of about 40 members and hosts approximately (4) five team events annually.
The facility serves approximately 6,500 visitors and participants annually through the Summer Swim Team Program.
The Hardee County summer pool program begins in June and ends in August. Daily Admission is $3.00 for open swim from 1:00 – 4:00, 7 days per week. There is an average of 60 children per day that participate in this activity. Discount cards are available. Call 773-3173 for more information.
Pool rental for a 2 hour party is $200.00 plus the cost of lifeguards and supervision.
Swim Lessons Program
Swim lessons for a 2 week session are $50.00 per child. This is a 6 week program that begins in June and ends in July. An average of 200 children participate in this program annually. For more information call the
Hardee County Adult Education Office at (863) 773-3173.
Racquetball is available to the public from 3:15pm to sundown 7 days per week.
High School Soccer
The Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Complex serves as a practice facility for High School Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer.
Approximately 5,500 participants and visitors and participants are served by the facility annually through the High School Soccer Program.
High School Cross Country
The facility serves as a practice facility for the Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams.
Approximately 5,500 participants and visitors annually are served through the High School Cross County program.