NJ Rush beat Boca United, Mississippi Rush and AZ Arsenal in the opening round before a 1-0 Win over GPS in the semi-final and a no doubt 8-0 victory in the final over New York SC in the Championship Game!
Congratulations NJ Rush!!
Game Day #2 is in the books and Rush Fest 2016 has been a tremendous hit so far! Tuesday saw some hugely entertaining games. On the girls side, Hawaii Rush has been very impressive with wins over Colorado Rush and Dallas Rush over the first 2 games. The Hawaii Rush Nero girls have also done very well with 2 wins so far. On the boys side, the highlight game of the day featured New Mexico Rush and Hawaii Rush. A back and forth affair that saw several swings in momentum but in the end, New Mexico took their chances better and finished with a 4-2 win.
The spirit award is looking to be a very close race. Dallas Rush and Colorado Rush girls teams have been outstanding while Virginia Rush is representing well like always.
Off the field, Monday's sessions included a classroom presentation on the Rush Core Values from Virginia Rush Technical Director Matt Mittelstaedt. Field session was the perennial favorite 'Street Soccer' event where players get randomly mixed with others from across the coutnry to compete in small sided games. Tuesday's classroom session featured a Rush Fest first. This year, teams and players brought in materials to participate in the 'Make Your Own Ball' event. Tape, newspaper, twine, string and more were fashioned into small soccer balls that the kids could play with the remainder of the week.
In the evening, Rush Soccer National Thunder Director Rick Smith (Pikes Peak) led a session for the Rush Thunder (special needs players) program (pictured above). Rush Fest participants joined in as buddies for a great and memorable session for the Thunder players.
Rush Fest coaches were also treated to a coaching education session with Colorado Rush Director of Youth Girls Russell Finch who ran his Rush Fest team through several different training drills designed for transition and decision making.
Wednesday is Rush Fest break day where teams will go to Water World Water Park or experience other attractions in Colorado. Teams get back to the fields on Thursday. Keep track with Rush Fest happenings on our social media networks.
The USWNT announced their 18 player rosted for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and our very own Lindsey Horan will be in attendance! Lindsey becomes the first Rush player ever to play soccer in the Olympic Games!
The 2016 Rush Fest in Colorado has kicked off. This marks the 9th year of the event that welcomes in U12 age players for a week of games, training, cheering and fun!
Sunday night marked the opening ceremony with 1200 kids, parents, coaches and chaperones all in one room screaming Rush songs and loving life!!
Games start up tomorrow morning at 8AM. Check in to rushsoccer.com for some game recaps through out the week. Rush Soccer social media channels will have full coverage all week as well. Check it out.
Going a perfect 3-0 in the opening round with wins over WVFC from West Virginia (3-1), Velocity Premier Boynton of Maine (6-0) and DC Stoddert Metros of Virginia (3-0) before squaring off with South Shore Select of MA in the semi finals. A stunning 6-0 win saw NJ Rush into the finals where they completed their 4th straight shutout to be named Region I Champions!
The 13's now advance to the USYS National Championships taking place in Frisco, Texas July 25-31.
Great Job NJ Rush!!
U.S. Soccer has announced the first 25 clubs that will be a part of the Girls' Development Academy, an initiative designed to accelerate the development of world-class female players. The new program, which will begin play in the fall of 2017, will be comprised of this first group of clubs that are among the most elite in the United States.
"Colorado Rush is proud and humbled to be accepted into the Girls Development Academy. We have always tried to be at the forefront of youth soccer on both the boys side and the girls side," said Colorado Rush Technical Director Erik Bushey. "We are proud members of the boys Development Academy (DA) and continue to be proud members of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). Both programs we have been a member of since their inception. Now, with the beginning of the girls DA we hope to utilize the federation's programming to take our girls program to new heights. We are excited for our players and our club!"
The program will focus on positively impacting everyday club environments to maximize elite female youth player development. Increasing the training to game ratio, playing fewer but more meaningful games and providing assistance for coaching education and development are just some of the standards and best practices the program will promote.
Since 2007, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has served as the elite male youth player development model for the country and has significantly improved the everyday environment for players, coaches, referees and clubs. The Girls’ Development Academy will be structured with many of the same principles and will begin play in the fall of 2017.
“Launching a Girls' Development Academy is part of an unprecedented commitment to elevating the women's game," said U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs. "The Development Academy program will offer clubs support and education to positively impact the development of players and coaches throughout the country.”
"We all know how important it is to create the correct environment and expectations for elite player development, something that was highlighted for me during my time as Development Director for our youth Women’s National Teams,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis. “The Development Academy is an important step forward to continue the growth of the women’s game in the United States, and to create the best pathway for players to reach their full potential.”
These first 25 clubs have a total of 119 staff and coaches that hold a U.S. Soccer A or B Coaching License, and includes 91 coaches who are employed on a fulltime basis. To date, these clubs have produced 307 players for U.S. Soccer’s National Teams (youth and senior) as well as 84 professional soccer players. In addition, this group will be providing 276 full scholarships with a total of $1.49 million of scholarship funds being contributed.
Club applications were evaluated and accepted by U.S. Soccer’s technical staff based on the following criteria:
The program will feature three combined age groups: U-14/15, U-16/17 and U-18/19. Clubs will be expected to train a minimum of four times a week. The use of combined age groups will require clubs to form teams with a balanced roster of players from two distinct birth years. The games will be scouted by U.S. Soccer and the program will serve as the primary pathway to the Youth National Teams.
In addition to combining the most elite players from each birth year to form the mixed age group player pool, coaches will be encouraged to play their players “up” on an older age team within the club to help accelerate development.
The competitive framework will focus on the core values of the program, which emphasizes quality coaching and teaching in a positive learning environment for players with zero tolerance for poor behavior from coaches.