Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our Fall Recreational Season FAQs for information specific to that program.

What do your programs cost?

You can see the complete fee schedule here. There are additional costs for the Academy and Select programs, including uniform kits and tournament fees.

We believe that you’ll be pleased with what you’re getting for your money and will find that playing for the Black Hills Rapids is a great value. We are committed to providing the highest quality programs and long-term opportunities for our players who want to be involved in a higher level of soccer. This requires higher licensed coaches, a proven curriculum and other important resources that provide benefits that can’t be found for hundreds of miles in any direction.

What are the differences between the programs?

You can find some details about the programs here.

How do I register?

Registration for 2015 Fall Recreational, and 2015-2016 Academy and Select Programs will begin June 1st.

Online registration is quick and easy, just requiring you to create an account (click the "Register" button in the upper right), enter contact and participant info and select the program that your player is eligible for. Payment is by credit card, with no additional transaction fees. 

If you registered by paper form for the 2014-2015 season, an online account has already been created for you. Please do not create a new account if you do not know your account login information, please contact us at info@blackhillsrapids.com and we'll be happy to help you out.

What kind of options do I have for paying for the programs?

Our online registration accepts Visa and MasterCard, and automatic payment plans are available for our competitive divisions. If it is not possible for you to pay by credit card, please contact our registrar. We also hope you’ll take advantage of easy player fundraising opportunities which can greatly reduce or eliminate your costs.

How do I opt in to receiving text message alerts from the Club?

For Recreational Program texts: Text RecreationalProgramsports6566 to 84483

For Academy Program texts: Text AcademyProgramsports6566 to 84483

For Select Program texts: Text SelectProgramsports6566 to 84483

To stop receiving texts: Text STOP to 84483

Why am I not receiving important emails from the Club?

One reason may be that the emails are being intercepted by your email program as spam. The system we use for mass emails has the following sending address: clubnews@bluesombrero.com. “Whitelisting” this address (a process which varies from program to program) should alleviate the problem.

Another issue may be that we have the wrong email address for you. You can log in to your account to check your email address, and change it if need be.

If your team has an active Team Page and you are not receiving "Discussion" notifications from your coach or manager, please check your account settings by logging in to your account and clicking the gear button in the upper right. See that that you have selected "Yes" where it says "Please send me team notification emails."

What is Blue Sombrero and where can I learn more about using the website?

Check out their Frequently Asked Questions here.

Why does the website try to make me re-register when I'm trying to access my team information?

It sounds like your browser is caching your login information so it makes it look like you're logged in, when in reality you need to log in every time you go to the site. Make sure you're logged off completely, then clear your cache (Ctrl + F5), which should refresh the page. After that when you log in, it should let you navigate the site normally and access the team pages, schedules, etc.

When are evaluations and tryouts?

Evaluations for Academy and tryouts for Select are held in June and July. You can see the complete schedule here.

How do I order a uniform?

If you are a first-time player on an Academy or Select team, uniform ordering information will be sent to you from Soccer.com upon acceptance to a team.

Is there a discount for high school players?

Since soccer is now a sanctioned high school sport in Rapid City, our club is not affiliated with the high school soccer program or any other school activities. Therefore, we are not offering discounts to players participating in high school soccer or other extracurricular activities. Fortunately, because of sanctioning, players will no longer have to pay the $230 fee to play high school soccer as in the past, so that’s a big plus.

Why doesn't the Rec fee show the "Early Bird" discount?

The Recreational Program's "Early Bird" discount is calculated at checkout, which is the last step when registering online. 

What is this “Volunteer Fee” I’ve been hearing about?

Countless, unpaid hours are spent behind the scenes to successfully run a club like ours, and the “Volunteer Fee” is a great system that many youth sports organizations employ to keep costs down and quality up. Simply, it is a yearly refundable “fee” that is paid in lieu of volunteering to help the organization, and only applies to the Academy and Select programs. The amount is paid up front, and worked off through volunteering a certain number of hours. If you would rather not volunteer your time, you can simply forfeit the fee amount. Otherwise, once your time commitment is fulfilled, you have the option to be reimbursed or to apply the money to your player account. We hope you choose to give your time, because we could use your help. Learn more here.

Will my child be allowed to play other sports too?

Of course! Being involved in a variety of sports and activities when young is beneficial to proper development in many ways. However, we truly hope that we can make soccer your child's favorite sport.

I have more questions, who can answer them?

Please send your questions to info@blackhillsrapids.com. We'll try to get an answer for you as soon as possible.

 

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