BHR Developmental Academy Program Overview

DA (U14, U16, U18 -- DOC will make final decision on age groups and teams) Program Overview

This is our most demanding and competitive level made up from multiple age groups through a special tryout process.  The DA teams will be coached by the DOC , Dave Sharp, along with the top coaches in the Black Hills Rapids program (selected by the DOC).  It is for those players who truly aspire to play at the next level (CO Rapids DA, ECNL, College, or Professional).  These players will often train five days a week, three with their Select team and two with the DA team.  This advanced training will focus on the five components of soccer: technical, tactical, physical preparation, mental preparation and nutrition. 
     The DA teams overall goal is to compete in the Midwest Regional League and/or compete in the highest level of tournaments playing in the highest brackets possible.  The goal is to build a resume/track record so when they start the college recruiting process they will be accepted or invited into the top showcase events. The DA teams will be formed through a tryout process in both the fall and spring and will play in the top events throughout the year. Players must play on one of the Select teams to be considered for this program.  The DA teams are in addition to the Select teams so players will be required to meet the demands of both.  The Black Hills Rapids staff will assist these players in the very overwhelming college recruiting process through our College Advisory Program (CAP). The DOC and coaches will also work directly with the Colorado Rapids to provide opportunities for players to try out for the Colorado Rapids MLS DA and ECNL teams.


Dave Sharp (Director of Coaching)