BHR DA Program Overview

The Black Hills Rapids are excited to announce our newest level of programming “The Developmental Academy (DA)”.

What is it?  The “DA” program is for those players who have the DESIRE and ABILITIY to play at the highest level the State of South Dakota has to offer.  This program will be modified but similar to the other “DA’s” around the country and is for those unique players who still desire more than anyone else is currently offering statewide.  This program is for those players who are wanting to make the commitment to compete at the highest level, with like-minded teammates and have goals of playing collegiately or as a professional.   The players in this program will get the full gamut of training available which will include technical and tactical training at the highest level, fitness and strength training, injury prevention training, nutritional training, mental strength training, and whatever else we can do to assist these players in reaching their fullest potential.

The “DA” team will be in addition to your current Select team and requires you make a 100% commitment to that team.  The players who make the “DA” team will have extra training sessions each week, play friendlies, and will seek to attend one or two of the highest level events possible. 

What ages?  We will kick off the Spring with one Boys team and one Girls team.  The teams will be made up of players from the 03 and 04 age groups.

How much will it cost?  The cost for each player will be $250.00 plus expenses to travel and play in the events.  We will carpool in Vans with a couple of Chaperones and the players will all room in groups of 4 to keep the costs to a minimum.

Who will be coaching?  Dave Sharp (BH Rapids DOC) will be coaching along with a second coach who will be selected.

When will it start?  Tryouts will be on April 11th and 15th 5:30-7:00pm at Dakota Fields.  Academy training will start after the tryouts and will be training weekly with some additional sessions on the weekends.  A full schedule will be set prior to tryouts.

How will players be chosen? Players will be identified through an open tryout process.  Players can also be invited by coaches but will still have to go through the tryout process.  Final decisions will be made by the DOC, Dave Sharp.


Dave Sharp (Director of Coaching)