The BHK Experience

Why Blackhawks?

Blackhawks is the oldest, most decorated soccer club in the state of Minnesota. Our immigrant roots are strong and continue to be an important part of our soccer club. Blackhawks is an urban club, committed to inclusiveness and to the development of players who have the skills and desire to play soccer at the highest level.

The three cornerstones of training are technical, tactical, and character development. Our players learn leadership skills, how to play as a team, and to respect all players, coaches, and refs involved in every game. Most teams have a core group of players, comprising more than half the team, who have played together since they were 9 years old. By the time they are 18 years old, they will have grown up together, likely traveled to Sweden/Denmark and out of town tournaments together, and developed deep friendships. At the same time new players and families join every year and are welcomed and embraced by the teams. In our club culture our teams both celebrate together and support each other through the tough times, on and off the field.

We have a club tradition of traveling to Sweden/Denmark during the summer of U15 soccer. Teams begin to fundraise as early as U12, preparing for this unique experience. Teams have traveled to Gothia Cup, where 1600 teams from 80 nations participate annually, and become friends with players from across the globe.

Players who are looking for a challenging year round training environment, the opportunity to improve their game against passionate teammates, and the chance to train with professional coaches starting at age 9 will find their home at Blackhawks soccer club.

The Blackhawk Player Experience

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Little Hawks – Players aged 5-8 develop their skills through training and practice in 3v3 small sided games. Little Hawks programs are offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, in addition to Summer Camps. more

Development Soccer – Players aged 9-12 begin to play “traveling soccer” in the MYSA (Minnesota Youth Soccer Association) leagues. The focus is on technical and tactical development with year round training. Teams progress from 6v6 to 8v8 during these years. Three different levels of competition, club determines team levels. more

Competitive Soccer – Players aged 13-19 play “traveling soccer” in MYSA league, promotion and relegation rules begin, adding Premier level at age 14 (top 6 teams in State). Players continue improvement of skills & tactics, with a focus on character development, fitness training, and team playing formations (4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, etc). more

The Blackhawk Family Experience

parent-1Traveling soccer families find themselves volunteering (team manager, team treasurer, tournament coordinator, team dinners, team meeting hosts, futsal volunteer, annual celebration volunteer, team fundraising, board member, age group coordinator, etc), driving players to games, and cheering from the sideline. Being a soccer dad or mom means washing uniforms, having family dinners at odd hours during the summer season, and helping out when other players need rides. Summer weekends include tournaments with 3 plus games and summer vacation can end up revolving around the games and tournaments as players become older and more serious about the sport.