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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The Hillsborough Jr. Raiders are proud to offer two cheer programs. Our recreation cheer program is for children in grades K-8 who are looking for game day cheer experience.  Our competition cheer program is offered to children starting in grade 3 and provides  additional training and a chance for the squads to showcase their talents at competitions throughout the state.  Below is a brief overview of each program.


Recreation Cheer Program

  • Open to all children in K-8 grade
  • Summer practices begin in the middle of August and run through the first week of September
  • Cheering at football games for Patriot level football teams close to their age group
  • Stunt clinics
  • Cheer Rally at the Hillsborugh High School in October along with all of the squads in the HJR Organization. 
  • The Jr Raiders also offer a pre-competition cheer program for K-2 athletes that want a taste of competition cheer.

Competition Cheer Program

  • Choreography camp lead by professional coaches in an indoor cheer gym
  • In-season practices & training providing the safest environment for our athletes
  • Our competition cheerleading teams practice on 9 panel spring floors. These floors are specialized for the improvement of skills in cheerleading and tumbling.
  • The teams will perform at about 8 highly competitive competitions across the region from fall through early winter
  • Cheering at football games for the Skyland Football teams on Saturday nights under the lights
  • Our coaches have many years of experience coaching recreational cheer, all star cheer and college cheer. They all hold a variety of different safety and sport-related certifications including United States All Star Federation (USASF), Positive Coaching Alliance, Concussion Safety, CardiacWise, HeatWise, Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y and more.
  • Numerous competition cheerleaders have continued their careers through high school, all-star cheer programs and eventually college cheer programs