What is the Recreational Program?
Please see our Recreational Program Overview.
When is the registration period?
Registration for our spring season will begin January 1.
The spring registration period will begin January 1st. When divisions become full they will be closed to further registrations. Some age divisions will remain open for registrations longer if a sufficient number of coaches volunteer (please see "Who are the coaches?" below). Our “Early Bird” discount, which is $28, will end February 15th. Our guaranteed placement and refund deadline will also end in mid-February. The Early Bird discount is calculated at checkout when registering online.
How do I register?
Register online by clicking the "Register" button in the upper right of any page of our website. If you've registered a player in a Black Hills Rapids program before, use the same account login information that you used then — please do not create a new account. If you have questions on how to access your account, contact [email protected]. If you do not have the ability to register online, please contact our registrar at [email protected].
What is the cost?
You can see the complete fee structure here. Credit card transaction fees are included in the prices shown.
Which age division does my player belong in?
Please see our Age Division Matrix. The correct division is automatically chosen during online registration based upon the date of birth entered in the participant information.
Where do I send a birth certificate?
If your player has never registered with the Black Hills Rapids, we require a birth certificate for age verification. You can send a photocopy to Black Hills Rapids, PO Box 273, Rapid City, SD 57709. If you have a digital version (pdf or jpeg) you can email it to our registrar.
What equipment will I need?
Shin guards, socks to cover the shin guards, a practice ball, and appropriate shoes are required. Soccer cleats are not required for First Kicks through U8 players — comfortable athletic shoes will suffice.
Soccer Ball Requirements:
If you played in the fall season, you will need both of your jerseys that were supplied in the fall.
- First Kicks: A club supplied soccer ball will be given to each player on their first day.
- U5-U8: Size 3 Ball
- U9-U12: Size 4 Ball
- U13-U19: Size 5 Ball
When is the season?
First Kicks — April 18th through May 9th (4 weeks; Saturdays; 40-45 minute sessions)
U5-U6 — April 18th thought May 30th (6 weeks; Saturdays (30 min practice then 30 min game)
U7-U8 — April 4th through May30th (7 weeks; Practices once a week with games on Saturdays)
U9-U10 — April 4th through May 30th (7 weeks; Practices twice a week with games on Saturdays)
U11-U12 — April 4th through May30th (7 weeks; Practices twice a week with games on Saturdays)
U13-U14 Coed — April 7th through May 5th (6 weeks; Practices at least once a week, Tuesday night 8v8 games, and 3 Saturday games)
U15-U18 Coed — April 9th through May 7th (6 weeks; Practices at least once a week, Thursday night 8v8 games, and 3 Saturday games)
When will I be contacted regarding my coach, team and schedule?
Coaches meetings were held March 21th. You should have been contacted in the following days by your coach regarding your team and schedule.
Where do I get a Rapids jersey for games?
If you played in our fall season, please use the jerseys that were supplied then. If you are new to the program, a Black Hills Rapids playing shirt will be supplied by the club. Playing shirts cannot be modified with names, images, additional logos or coloring.
You should have two shirts for games: Burgundy (home color) and White (away color). Your schedule will inform you whether your team is the "home" or "away" team.
When and where are the practices held and games played?
Practices and games will be held at the Dakota Fields Sports Complex, unless otherwise noted. Exact times and fields depend on the age division and will be communicated to you by your coach. Games for the lower age divisions are held on Saturdays, with practices for U8 and above taking place at least once a week in the evening.
How long are the games?
U6 — Four 6 minute quarters
U8 — Four 12 minute quarters
U10 — Two 25 minute halves
U12 — Two 30 minute halves
U14 — (8v8) Two 30 minute halves; (11v11) Two 40 minute halves
U19 — (8v8) Two 30 minute halves; (11v11) Two 40 minute halves
How are teams formed?
We attempt to form teams based upon neighborhood or school. In older age divisions (U14 and above), coed teams may be city-wide and combined based upon the number of registered players. Younger divisions are gender specific, but certain age divisions are combined (U9 playing with U10, for example), and every effort is made to balance the ages of the combined teams.
Who are the coaches?
Our Recreational coaches are volunteers from all around the community. Very often a team parent serves as a coach. We are always in need of more volunteer coaches so more teams can be formed and more children can play, so please consider volunteering to be a coach. The club has many resources to help you be a successful coach. In order to help recruit coaches for the Recreational program, the club has instated an incentive program. This incentive program allows a head coach to have their child at the same age they are coaching play free. This discount will be in the form of a rebate of the early bird discount price at the end of the season.