FAQs on the Rush Select Program
How can I make the Select team?
Players are scouted beginning at U12. The program takes recommendations from each club’s Technical Director to form the pool of players for each age group. The group is constantly evolving and players come and go as the team ages up. Making the Rush Select team once does not mean a player will always be involved and players can be added to the group at any time.
What are the Rush Select ID Camps?
The Rush Select ID Camps are for the U13 - U15 age groups. 60 boys and 60 girls in each age group attend a 3 day trial in Casa Grande, Arizona, where Rush Select staff will train and evaluate them. This event gives the coaches a much better picture of the players than the recommendations from clubs can and ensures that we select the very best group.
Who is eligible to play for a Select Team?
Any Rush player between the ages of U13 and U18 is eligible to be selected.
Who coaches the Select teams?
Top Rush coaches from around the country make up our coaching staff. We currently have coaches from more than 20 clubs around the nation on our staff.
What are the costs involved?
Costs vary depending on the event, but will usually be in the $400-$800 range. International trips will cost more due to airfare, but fundraising opportunities will be provided to help offset costs. There is also a limited budget for scholarships.
Who runs the Select program?
The Director of Rush Select is Brian Lux and he can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rush Select Operations Director is Lauren Meehan and she can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Sarah Piper from Texas Rush started with Rush Select at U13 at the President’s Day Tournament in Phoenix. After leading the team to a win over the #1 team in the nation with a last minute game winning goal, Sarah has been hooked to Rush Select. Since then, Sarah has played in other Rush Select events and has been called up to the U-16 United States National Team. Sarah recently was picked to travel to Germany with generation adidas as one of two players picked by the Rush Select Program each year. Here is her recap of the event: The generation adidas trip to Frankfurt, Germany to play against members of the FFC Frankfurt Academy was definitely an experience I will never forget!! I am extremely thankful that I was able to meet the people I met and am blessed to be able to travel to such beautiful and historic places through soccer. The trip was balanced with hard work while on the field, but also touring of modern and historic cities such as Frankfurt and Wurzburg. The first three or four days of camp were full of two-a-day trainings and games where we were pushed physically very hard, but through passing, moving, and playing soccer instead of preseason running. Going into camp I was seen as a midfielder but, like many camps, midfielders are an abundance so I decided to drop back to center back where I am also quite comfortable playing. By our first game everybody was worn out, easily falling asleep each night!! Our first game was against FC Frankfurt 00s in which our back line took a clean sheet in a 10-0 win. After this win, our surplus of touring began as we toured Frankfurt that afternoon, Wurzburg the next day, and finished up Saturday with some shopping and sightseeing around Frankfurt once more.
One of my favorite parts of touring was definitely the architecture and detail in many of the buildings in Germany which we don’t see in the US very often. As we toured the two cities we learned much of the history, took tons of pictures and bought too many gifts for family and friends (especially chocolate!!). It would be impossible to share all of the joy I was able to get out of this trip through meeting friends and seeing different coaching styles and I am so thankful for any chance I have to go abroad and experience another culture through their food, technology and language. I’m extremely thankful to the Rush Select program and Rush Soccer for giving me this opportunity, but in the big picture, giving me the ability to experience the world through a sport I love so much!! I had a great time over in Germany and am sad to leave, but also so happy that I have been able to create more friendships and relationships in the last week that I am able to bring back to the states and keep forever.
Thanks for everything, Sarah.