The Hillsborough, NJ Jr Raiders offers organized youth activities in tackle football, flag football, cheerleading, track & field and girls lacrosse and field hockey.

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      About the Hillsborough Jr. Raiders    

The Hillsborough Jr. Raiders is an independent recreational youth organization serving the community of Hillsborough, NJ, since 1992. The Jr. Raiders offers organized youth activities in flag and tackle football, cheerleading, track & field, girls lacrosse and field hockey for youth in grades Kindergarten through 8th.   We are committed to teaching the children the skills they need to have fun playing in a safe environment. Our players learn and apply the principals of sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and dedication. The Jr. Raiders offers opportunities for boys and girls of all skill levels. Our philosophy is that all children need to get into the game to learn and have fun. You do not learn, improve or have fun by only doing a set minimum playing time or watching from the sidelines.  We emphasize the fundamentals and progression of skill development, which will prepare them to participate at higher levels of competition as they progress through the different levels within their sport of choice. The Hillsborough Jr. Raiders provides Hillsborough High School with student athletes that are prepared for the next level of competition and education.

Our fall Cheerleading program has quads that provide spirit for our football teams and Competition squads for girls who want to take cheer to the next level.   Each level of football has an associated group of cheer squads. We also have the GEMS squad, a cheerleading program with the goal of enriching the lives of special needs individuals. The GEMS provides a safe, fun and positive learning environment. The program focuses on teamwork, encouragement, integrity, and building self confidence.  The competition squads cheer for the JR Skyland teams and also compete in individual meets and competition throughout the NJ area. We are extremely proud of the awards and major achievements of the squads. Look at our numerous achievements under the awards and championship section of the website. Our mission is to teach individuals to be exceptional cheerleaders, but most of all, to be exceptional people! 

Our fall football program participates in the JR Skyland Football Conference, New Jerseys Premier Youth Football conference.  We offer two levels of play, recreation Patriot Division and competitive Skyland Division. The Patriot Division plays at the Triangle Road Football Complex. We also have two Skyland Division teams that play in the Jr. Skyland Conference at HHS on Saturday nights. The Skyland level teams compete with other conference members who are made up of more experienced 7th and 8th graders on Varsity and a JV team made of our more experienced 5th and 6th graders. The Jr. Skyland Conference was formed in 2004 with the Jr. Raiders proudly being one of the 5 founding organizations. In 2008 the first State Championship (NJUWYFA) was held and we are very proud of our 2008 Varsity Team for being the first recipient of this championship. We added a second State Championship in 2013.

The Spring Track & Field program is an in-town program that focuses on teaching our youth both the field skills and the techniques for running sprints, relays and distance. The program is a member of USATF and our athletes will compete in various local and state meets based on the individual’s capability and advancement. 

Our Girls Lacrosse Program runs in the spring and has had great success in its first few years.  The program participates in the New Jersey Girls Lacrosse Association (NJGLA) and follows the guidelines for sportsmanship and coaches training set forth by the association.  The Girls game is fast paced and exciting, we offer instructional level, U9, U11 and U13 divisions.  The games are played at the Triangle Complex.  We generally practice 2 days per week and have 2-3 games per week during the season.  

Our Field Hockey program is in its second year and is having great success.  We play field hockey in the fall.  The team practices at Docherty Park.  

Our coaches have all taken the  Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Program and must pass background checks.  Football coaches and players are members of USA Football and the coaches must pass basic knowledge tests in order to coach at any level. The JR Skyland conference employs NFHS certified football officials and EMT at each event. 

The Hillsborough Jr. Raiders is sustained by the efforts of its volunteers. We are governed by a Board of Trustees.  Current volunteer members of the Board of Trustees (the Board) are Co-Chairpersons Jamie Moore and Bob Lawton, Treasurer Mary Riccardi, Secretary Jerry Donoghue and Trustee at large, Irene Minetti.  The organization’s day to day operations are managed by the Steering Committee which is comprised of all members of the Board, Patriot Football Director Jerry Donahue, Flag Football Director Chris Porter, Cheer Director Lauren Porter, Equipmemt Director Mike Minetti, Apparel Director Irene Minetti, Concession Director Joe Riccardi and Facilities Director Brenden Ruh.  It is dedication and hard work of our many volunteers that makes the Jr. Raiders the exceptional organization that it is today. We are always looking for new volunteers to help with coaching, directing, being a team parent, trainer or just lending a hand. See our contact page for ways to reach the appropriate person or area of interest.

All Hillsborough Jr Raiders sporting events follow the regulations as established by the Hillsborough Township governing body and by the Hillsborough Township Board of Education. This includes no use, possession or consumption of alcohol, tobacco (any form) or behavior that is inappropriate at any event regardless of location. Anyone not following these regulations will be subject to actions as required to mitigate any situation or breach of regulations by the appropriate authorities and further action including fines and removal from the program by this organization. References to these regulations can be found at and or contact them directly with questions

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The Hillsborough Jr. Raiders Sports, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.