Last year, a merger between Rapid City Youth Soccer League and Rushmore Soccer Club was approved. This was a huge step forward for youth soccer in our community, and the Black Hills Soccer Club was formed.
This unification began another thought process, which was, “How can we take soccer to the next level in our area?” From that question, an affiliation with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer was pursued. The result is the Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club.
When the Black Hills Rapids begin their first season in August of this year, you’ll see big changes. Our youth of all ages will begin benefiting from the professional expertise of the Colorado Rapids through an improved curriculum, coaching structure and parent education, with a strong emphasis on player development.
Best of all, our youth will be playing under one crest. And, in the not too distant future, the Dakota Fields Soccer Complex will become a welcome home for our club.
Together we are stronger, and together we can build a renewed and stronger soccer culture in our region.
View the welcome video here.
Read the official press release regarding the affiliation here.
Learn more about the Colorado Rapids Youth Development Program here.
We are currently seeking Director of Coaching candidates for our Competitive, Pre-Competitive (Academy) and Recreational Divisions. These will be paid, part-time positions. Please click the links below for information on qualifications, responsibilities and submission details. Applications must be submitted by April 20th.
We’re seeking additional volunteers to help manage and assist in certain areas of the club. Please check out the opportunities and sign up here!
Joe Burger has been selected as Technical Director for the Black Hills Rapids by the Board of Directors. Learn more about Coach Burger here.
“Soccer is an exciting and growing sport in many communities throughout our state. The partnership between the newly-formed Black Hills Soccer Club and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer is the first of its kind in South Dakota and should greatly expand opportunities for youth of all ages in the Rapid City area.”
— South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
“Partnering with the Colorado Rapids increases athletic opportunity for our youth in Rapid City. I’m excited about elevating the status of soccer in our community through education, development and training at all age levels.”
— Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker
Read what others are saying here.