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Our Soccer Programs

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Recreational Program

This program is for those players (First Kicks - U19) who play for the love of the game. All of the coaches in the Recreational Program are volunteer coaches. The recreational teams play a six to eight week schedule in the fall and spring and will generally practice one to two times a week. There is no travel in the recreational program.

Center of Excellence Program

The Center of Excellence is a fantastic transition program for the players that are under 8 years old and desire to play in the competitive Pre-Select Program. The Center of Excellence is led by Bill Schaefer, one of our professional staff coaches who is also the Director of the Pre-Select Program.

  • The program is six weeks in duration
  • Provides weekly training sessions with Bill; and other professional coaches;
  • Focuses on individual technical skills to become extremely confident with the ball at their feet and build the proper foundation for competitive play; and
  • Each 6 week session ends with the players competing in one of our tournaments (Fright Fest, Presidents Cup or Rushmore Cup).
Pre-Select Program

The Pre-Select Program is for competitive U08 - U10 players. We have created a training structure and curriculum that is the best in the region. Bill will lead the program with three practices a week - two circuit style-training sessions and one individual team training (fall and spring), focusing on developing:

  • Technically sound players confident with the ball at their feet and pressure coming at them (aggressive dribblers);
  • Proper techniques on dribbling, using fakes and faints, passing and receiving while adding pressure, and to start making basic soccer decisions; and
  • Continuing to build a love for the game.

All Pre-Select teams are coached by our professional coaches and will play friendly games on the weekends or they will compete in 2-3 tournament weekends each season (fall, winter, and spring). These young players will have schedules built with a proper work to rest ratio and will have many weeks of breaks built into the schedule to assure the players do not lose that enthusiasm to play the game of soccer.

Select Program

The Select teams (U11 – U19) are coached by our professionally licensed coaches and follow the Colorado Rapids curriculum to ensure we provide the best training program in the region. Our coaches are required to advance their coaching education through national licensing courses and the Club’s in-house education program. Players train three days a week (fall and spring), and one to two days a week in winter (indoor Futsal) focusing on:

  • High quality training;
  • Playing in the top College Showcase events in the country to advance players with college/professional aspirations and/or playing at the most competitive event possible;
  • Competing in the South Dakota State Championship and advancing to the US Soccer Regional Championship or the US Soccer President’s Cup (U13 and older);
  • Assisting players with college recruitment;
  • Going to the smartest and most cost effective events for their level; and
  • Getting proper rest and recovery.

Players will play in three to four competitive tournaments during each season (locally or regionally), and play matches on the weekends. Roster sizes may vary from team to team and tournament selection will be dependent on the skill of each team.  All Black Hills Rapids teams will work through a carefully planned schedule that assures proper work to rest ratios and players will have multiple 6-8 week breaks throughout the year. Player commitment is mandatory to be able to play on one of the Select teams.


Indoor League / Street Soccer

Black Hills Rapids Indoor League

U7 through U19

Our Indoor League is open to all players, U7 through U19. It is a fast and fun approach to the game, reminiscent of "street soccer" that is played inside. There are no coaches or practices.  The games will be supervised by a certified referee from Western South Dakota Soccer Referee Association.

Cost: $80 – includes playing shirt
Registration opens September 24th. Registration Deadline: October 17th. 

  • The 2020 season will be from November 2 to December 14.
  • Games are played twice weekly, on Mondays (5:30pm – 9pm) and Tuesdays (5:30pm – 9pm). Younger teams will play earlier in the evenings than older teams.
  • Games are played at the Civic Center in Rushmore Hall. Parents are asked to help set up goals before the first game and take down after the last game (it's easy).
  • Rosters are created randomly, and teams are coed.
  • Games are comprised of two 17 minute halves, with substitutions occurring on the fly. Parents are encouraged to assist younger teams with substitutions to ensure even playing time.
  • No practices; games only.
  • Equipment: Indoor athletic shoes. No cleats. Shin guards covered by socks. Do not bring your own ball to games.
  • A  shirt distribution will occur October 26th, 5:30pm - 7pm  at Dakota Fields. It is important that you pick up your player's shirt at this event. Players will not be able to participate in the League without their shirt.
  • Space is limited, so register early!
  • There will be no refunds after the registration deadline.
Registration is online only. Use the Login or Register buttons in the upper right of this page.

TOPSoccer

     US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers.  The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability.

Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.

This program is open to U6 through U19 players.

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Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club
P.O. Box 273 
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709

Email: [email protected]

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