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Aug, 2014

First Kicks Information


The Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club is proud to continue the popular First Kicks Program.  This program is geared to the 3- and 4-year-old soccer players just starting to explore the game.  The purpose of the program is intended to have our youngest players get familiar with a game ball and use different parts of the body to manipulate the ball.  It is a great time for players and parents to interact in games that challenge the players through decision making. 

Details and Equipment

The First Kicks Program is a four-week season that focuses in on individual play through fun activities.  There are no formal 3v3 or 4v4 games in this age group because the primary focus of the program is emphasized on the individual and not the competition.  Each player will be given a ball at the start of the season and is asked to bring their ball each week.  Equipment needs for this program include shin guards and their ball.  Shin guards can be purchased at any local sports store in the Black Hills.  As for the soccer attire, that is up to the players.  We have had pirates, ballerinas, and English Premier League styles attend in the past.  The main idea is to dress comfortably because there will be a lot of running, jumping, hopping, rolling, bouncing, and soccer playing, so we would like our players comfortable.  The last item to bring would be WATER.  It can get very hot in the fall, so water breaks are a must. 

Dates, Times and Location

The fall season starts on September 6th and is every weekend in the month of September.  The session starts at 10:30 am and ends at 11:15 am.  All sessions will be at the Lower Valley Fields of the Star of the West Complex.

What to Expect

When attending the First Kicks Program, the coaches will be playing and interacting with the players and parents.  Coaches will be teaching the players fundamental skills through fun activities that parents can do at home.  All the activities that are played can be shared with the parents during and after the season.  We believe that by sharing the information with the parents, it will encourage our younger players and families to continue to embrace this game at home during the “off season”.

Contact Information

For more information regarding the First Kicks Program, you can contact the Recreational Director of Coaching, Joshua Valder, at