Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence for U8 Players

This program is open only to U7 and U8 players born between 1/01/2011 and 12/31/2012 who have already registered for the Fall 2018 season.


The Center of Excellence is a six-week curriculum developed by the Colorado Rapids staff to promote ball mastery and fast and proficient footwork. Skills are performed repetitively so each player becomes familiar with the ball. This course will also help to develop confident and controlled players under high-pressure conditions as they get more and more comfortable with the ball and the skills being taught. 


  • Each session will be 60 minutes long.
  • Each session will have 4 segments: 1. Ball mastery; 2. Individual technique 1; 3. Individual technique 2; 4. Small-sided game.
  • All players should be learning and trying the skills being taught. We want to do this in a fun environment with lots of opportunity to try moves out and be creative with the ball.
  • The focus of this program is about the individual. No team tactics will be talked about because the program is designed to improve the skills of the individual player.
  • Session time line:
    • Ball mastery (15 minutes);
    • Individual technique 1 (15 minutes);
    • Individual technique 2 (15 minutes); and
    • Small-sided game (15 minutes). 

Cost and Availability

The individual cost to participate in the Center of Excellence is $80 per person. Space will be limited so make sure to sign up early.

To register for the Center of Excellence, login to your Black Hills Rapids account, where you should see that a new program is available for your U8 player. If you need assistance accessing your account, please email

How to Register

If you already have an account with the Black Hills Rapids, log in, and you should see that a new program is available for your player.

Simply click the blue "Register" button in the upper right of any page of our website and follow the steps in creating an account and entering participant information.

For questions regarding setting up or accessing your account, please email [email protected]