The Coaches' Corner

New Heading Policy

The South Dakota State Soccer Association is adopting U.S. Soccer’s recommendations regarding “heading” soccer balls. As a result, The Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club will be adopting these recommendations, effective immediately:

Any teams with U11 players or younger on the field are not allowed to engage in heading, in either practices or games. Any teams with U13 players or younger on the field must limit heading training to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week. These players are not allowed to head the ball during a game. 

From the SDSSA:
These recommendations are being adopted fully by South Dakota State Soccer Association effective immediately for the spring 2016 season, and we strongly recommend that all member associations comply as well. If any coaches, referees, administrators, or parents have questions they are encouraged to read the information from USSF and to contact the SDSSA office. At the end of the day we are all focused on providing a fun, and SAFE, environment for our athletes to enjoy this beautiful game.

From the U.S. Soccer Referee Program:
When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.  If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.

Welcome to the Black Hills Rapids

It is an honor to be the first to welcome each of you to the Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club.

Our involvement in grassroots soccer has one goal. We want to assist in creating an environment in which every player enrolled in the organization has a clear pathway to participate in soccer at a level that matches both their ability and motivation. We believe that the board and staff of BHRSC are equally invested in this vision.

To accomplish this we will work with the administrators, coaches and parents to ensure that we are all using the same information to assist the player in their journey. Along the way we will not forget the reasons that we enroll young people in sport – benefits such as enjoyment, exercise and general wellness, fundamental skills, teamwork and the ability to deal with adversity are all building blocks that we can’t skip if we want to produce young men and women that are prepared to succeed in the world well after they conclude their youth participation in the sport.

We look forward to the responsibility that comes with educating the young people in the club and anxiously await the start of the fall season!

Brian Crookham
Sr. Director, Youth Development and Alliances
Colorado Rapids Soccer Club