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Youth Sports in Hillsborough, NJ

Tackle Football

Hillsborough Duke Raiders Football

Co-Directors: Frank Cocuzza and Shawn Abline

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Join Hillsborough Youth Tackle Football

Season – Fall

Program Information

Our teams participate in Pop Warner Little Scholars Football and Cheer. Pop Warner sets limits on the size of each team. A team may consist of 16-35 players and requires 1 head coach, 4 assistant coaches, equipment manager and a team commissioner. There are no tryouts. The players will be assigned to a team based on age and/or age.  

The tackle program is open to 8 – 14 year-old athletes. Age as of 7/31/23. No prior experience is required to play at any level.

Teams will be formed based on age.


Registration will open April 1st. Registration fee and work bond are due upon registration.


Tackle Player Registration: $300/player 
Register by June 1 to avoid a $50 late fee
Work Bond: $250/family (charged during registration) 
Work Bond - refunded after volunteer requirement is fulfilled, equipment is returned and full participation in the Calendar Raffle.



Please make an effort to schedule your family vacations during June and July. Though we allow some flexibility for pre-arranged vacations, August is a critical month where skill sets are being evaluated and positions determined.

The 2023 season will begin on Monday, August 7, 2023.

AUG 1st – AUG 31st - practices will typically be scheduled for Monday – Thursday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm for a total of 10 practice hours for the week. No team may schedule more than 10 hours of practice per week before Labor Day.

SEPT– End of the season - practices will be cut back to 3 nights a week for a total of 6 practice hours for the week. The specific nights will be announced during August. No team may schedule more than 6 hours of practice per week after Labor Day.

The season will continue through the end of November if the team qualifies for the post season or through mid-December if the team qualifies for Nationals.

If a team qualifies for Regionals, practices will continue throughout the month of November.  

If a team qualifies for Nationals, practices will continue for the first week of December, and travel to Orlando, Florida.

Games and Travel

Games are typically played on Sundays beginning the last Sunday of August through the end of October. All tackle levels have a chance to make the playoffs which continue into November, possibly December depending on advancement.

The top two teams in their respective divisions will compete in the Central Jersey Pop Warner Championship games. The winner will advance to the Regional Championship games and then will have a chance to move on to Nationals.

National Championships are held in Orlando, Florida, usually the second week of December. Pop Warner provides competitive travel packages to offset the cost of this trip, which typically involves a 4 or 5 night stay in Orlando, with ticket entry to Universal Studios Orlando. Four to five days of school will be missed, and Pop Warner provides letters to the schools to explain the absence.  

Coaching Opportunities

Parent volunteers interested in coaching are encouraged and should register as a volunteer during the player registration process. Coaches have varied experience with the sport and include former players, former HHS alumni, current HHS Players, and interested parent volunteers. No experience is required—however knowledge of the sport is preferred. All are welcome and will be paired with experienced coaches accordingly. When registering as a volunteer you will need to upload a copy of your Rutgers SAFETY certification card. All coaches will also need to complete the required training through USA Football and pass a background check. 

Volunteers under 18 years of age - A Coach Trainee must be rostered, and must comply with the same registration procedures as a rostered player. A Coach Trainee can earn credit for volunteering. A form may be required for the coordinator/ coach to approve their volunteer time. The Coach Trainee would then need to turn in this paper to their sports director.

Equipment and Uniforms  

Each tackle player will be fitted and issued the following gear and uniforms from the Equipment Manager:   
(1) - Helmet with face mask
(1) - Helmet chin-strap
(1) - Shoulder pads
(1) - Practice jersey [white]
(1) - Padded Game & Practice pants [black]
(2) - Game day jersey [cardinal & white]

All these items are the property of the organization and must be maintained and returned to the Equipment Manager at the end of the season to help qualify for the refund of your Work Bond.

Each player will need to provide the following personal items in order to completely ready to take the field:

Football shoes with non-metallic cleats
Practice and Game socks
Football Girdle Athletic supporter or Padded Football Shirt
Protective Cup
Mouth-guard (extras)

If any player is missing any piece of their gear come practice and game time, they will not be allowed to take the field out of regard for their own safety.

Important Notice

Hillsborough Youth Sports is offering a multiple child discount on Registration Fees.

Please register your children for their respective programs then email [email protected] prior to checkout.

Your Work bond fee will also be adjusted to one charge per family (no more then $250 per family) when registering for multiple football and cheer programs. 

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