Melina at ODP National Training Camp

Melina H

Melina H from the Iowa Rush Girls State Championship U16 Team recently was invited to travel to Arizona to take part in the U.S. Soccer National Training Camp.  We are all very proud of Melina's hard work and recognition for being invited to train in this highly competitive environment.  Senior Girls Director and U16 Girls Head Coach Daryl Brazeau said "It is great to once again have an Iowa Rush player attend a National Training Camp.  Melina has worked very hard throughout her time at the Rush and she deserved this opportunity".  
 
Melina joins a growing list of Iowa Rush Players who have been invited to U.S. Soccer National Training Events, including Megan Fuller who went on to play at the Ohio State University, and Rachel McCloskey who currently plays at the University of Minnesota. 
 
See below to read about Melina's personal experiences at the U.S. Soccer ODP National Training Camp:
 
"As part of the US Soccer National Training Camp, I got to spend five days with about 80 girls from all over the U.S. in Phoenix, Arizona. We practiced in teams of 12-14, focusing on topics like transitioning and defensive shape. Each of the four teams was scrambled, meaning it included players from all four regions. We trained twice a day, and each training consisted of either regular practices with our scrambled teams, small-sided games, or full-field games. I think being on a very competitive team with Iowa Rush definitely prepared me for this event, and all in all, I had a great experience."

 


Dev. Con Calls

The Developmental Conference Calls will be scheduled at 10 am Mountain Time, the first Thursday of every month.  The Developmental Technical Director will send an email the Monday prior to the call.  The email will contain any changes and the chosen forum of the call.  The calls ware designed for coaches of players U10 and under but are open to any coach who would like to participate.  Guest speakers from around the world and experts in their field will share their knowledge along with best practices and the latest in coaching education and player development.

If using the dial in number please dial in Conference call number: 1 888 531 5388  Pin: 03406.  Please remember the conference call etiquette and mute your microphones and state your name before asking a question.  Below is a calendar of the calls, the ones in blue are to be confirmed.  


Click here for the 2016 Developmental Con Call Schedule



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NTD Con Calls

NTD Con Calls:  The National Technical Director will hold their club level calls on the third Thursday of every month.  Agendas will be sent out prior to the calls and current and past calls can be found at this link.

 

The call times will be the following:

10am – MST – Azul – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

11am – MST – Rush – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

12pm – MST – Nero – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Please remember to register for the call at the top of the agenda when you call in.

 

 

TD Con Calls

TD Con Calls:  The House of Representatives con calls will be conducted quarterly starting in January each year.  These calls will take place at 12pm MST in January, April, July (Summit), October.  Agendas will be sent out prior to the calls.

 

Membership Fees

Membership fees will be due a month following the collection of the clubs' membership numbers.  Developmental & Competitive U11-U14 will pay $3 twice a year, while Competitive U15-U18 will pay $6 once a year.  A fee of 6% interest will be added on after the due date & each recurring month the fee is late.

The fee is used towards the SPI operating budget.

 

Your Player numbers submission will be requested via a Google sheet with an email request reminder as follows:

 

Spring

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

04/20/2016

05/01/2016

05/09/2016

05/10/2016

05/15/2016

 

 

Fall

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

09/20/2016

10/01/2016

10/09/2016

10/10/2016

10/15/2016

 

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All Rush

The All Rush Team is a program that recognizes the top senior players from all the Rush clubs around the world, for both their on-field soccer skills and their representation of the Rush Core Values off the field.   The recognition award is sponsored by soccer.com and has the backing of two of Rush Soccer’s all time Elite players Todd Dunivant  MLS Cup Champion and LA Galaxy standout and Lindsey Horan, former All Rush recipient, Paris St. Germain player and US Women’s National Team forward. For more information on the All Rush Program please click this link: http://www.rushsoccer.com/en/9-uncategorised/1102-all-rush-team

 

Your All Rush nominations will be requested via Google Forms with an email reminder request schedule as follows:

 

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

2/17/2016

3/1/2016

3/24/2016

3/25/2016

4/1/2016

 

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Employee Incentives

Employee incentives data is collected once a year in order to issue a bonus to the participating employees.  The data is based on Rush Soccer's previous fiscal year that runs July 1st through June 30th each year.  Rush Soccer applies a formula, 50/25/25, to its annual budget, with 25% of the budget allocated to the employee incentive program.
The program is divided into four categories: 403B, Salary, Longevity, & Hierarchy.  In order to participate in this program, an employee must have been employed with Rush for one full fiscal year & the club must be up to date on its membership fees.  Contracted and part-time employees will be included in the Employee Incentive program at the discretion of that club’s Technical Director.  If the club has not hired full time employees due to club budget or health care coverage, but that employee’s only employer is their respective Rush Club, Rush Soccer recommends to include said employees in the incentive program.  If a contracted or part-time employee has other employers that are in the soccer community or that require more than 50% or their time, Rush Soccer recommends they are not part of the incentive program, but, will nevertheless take the recommendation of the Technical Director.  However, Rush Soccer would still like to collect information on those contracted/part-time employees that will not benefit from the Employee Incentive program, and it should be indicated that these employees should not receive any benefit from the plan.  The partner club will fill out a copy of the linked document.

Your Employee Incentives submission will be requested via email with an attached document with an email reminder request schedule as follows:

 

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

9/20/2016

10/01/2016

10/14/2016

10/15/2016

10/20/2016

 

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Tournament Information

Tournament data will be collected from all clubs once a year.  This information requested is used for current/potential sponsors and to split up the tournament promo dollars.  The tournament promo dollars are split up based on the size & level of competition of each tournament.  Tournament Data Google doc.

 

Your Tournament Data submission will be requested via Google sheet with an email reminder request schedule as follows:

 

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

9/01/2016

9/07/2016

9/24/2016

9/25/2016

10/01/2016

 

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Coaches Gear Forecast

Each year, SPI's uniform committee works with adidas to create the Rush Soccer coaches gear line for the following year.  There will be some mandatory items and some optional.  Coaches gear forecasts will be collected once a year.  The SPI program manager will provide each club with its order form and total dollar amount.  The promo coaches gear amount is based on a club's uniform forecasts/purchases.  If a club does not submit its forecast on time, the program manager has the ability to submit it on that club's behalf.

Your Coaches Gear Forecast submission will be requested via email with an attached document with an email reminder request schedule as follows:

 

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

8/01/2016

8/07/2016

8/24/2016

8/25/2016

9/01/2016

 

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Uniform Forecast

Every other year, SPI's uniform committee works with adidas to create the uniform line for the upcoming cycle.  Uniform forecasts will be collected every other year on a two year buying cycle.  New clubs & mergers that occur mid-cycle will go into the inline (developmental) uniform kit.  Clubs must forecast within 15% of their purchases for the following cycle.  Clubs will receive the forecast document from the program manager.

Your Uniform forecast submission will be requested via email with an attached document with an email reminder request schedule as follows:

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

8/01/2016

8/7/2016

8/24/2016

8/25/2016

9/01/2016

 

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Select Nominations

Rush Soccer forms select teams (All-Star teams) that are comprised of the top Rush players from across the country at the U13-U17 age groups. These teams attend various events, both domestic and international, on a yearly basis. Player pools are established through club recommendations and identification at the Rush Festival and the Select ID Camps.   Player nominations are required for Rush to begin the identification process.  For more information on the Rush Select Program please click this link:  http://www.rushsoccer.com/en/9-uncategorised/1701-rush-select

 

Your Rush Select nominations will be requested via Google Forms with an email reminder request schedule as follows:

 

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

6/1/2016

7/1/2016

7/24/2016

7/25/2016

8/1/2016

 

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Summit Attendance

The Rush Summit is a three day conference for Rush Technical Directors, administrators and other staff members. Topics change from year to year but address current issues that Rush Clubs are facing with suggestions how to address and improve all aspects of each organization. A representative from every club is expected to be in attendance.

 

Your Rush Summit attendance will be noted by taking attendance at the event, but an email reminder with registration information will be scheduled as follows:

 

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

2/1/2016

4/1/2016

6/1/2016

7/1/2016

7/31/2016

 

Please see an example of the 2015 Rush Summit Itinerary.
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Membership Numbers

Membership Numbers - (Spring & Fall): Rush Soccer will collect each club's player counts twice per year - spring season & fall season.  These numbers are used to bill the partner clubs SPI's annual operating fee with a player fee of $6 per year as voted in as the 2015 Rush Soccer Summit.  Numbers will be requested for Developmental, Competitive U11-U14, & Competitive U15-19.  A club's membership numbers should match its uniform forecasts.
Spring 2016 and Fall 2016

Your membership number submission will be requested via Google sheet with an email reminder request schedule as follows: 

 

Spring

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

3/15/2016

4/01/2016

4/09/2016

4/10/2016

4/15/2016

 

Fall

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

8/15/2016

9/01/2016

9/09/2016

9/10/2016

9/15/2016

 

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Club Capsule

The Club Capsule is designed to be placed in the Soccer.com/Rush e-newsletter that is sent to Rush membership 3 times each year. The capsule can be used to highlight clubs success, promote events, etc. Examples of past newsletters can be found here: http://www.rushsoccer.com/en/1143

 

Your Rush Club Capsule submission will be requested via email with an attached completed club capsule template with an email reminder request schedule as follows:

 

Spring

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

02/17/2016 03/07/2016 03/14/2016 03/17/2016 03/21/2016

 

Summer

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

07/05/2016 07/25/2016 08/01/2016 08/04/2016 08/08/2016

 

Winter

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

10/10/2016 10/31/2016 11/07/2016 11/10/2016 11/14/2016

 

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Required Registration Fields

In order to better serve our membership, Rush Soccer will request player registration information in order to build specific distribution list for more efficient communications. The information will be collected and uploaded in to an online database for use to communicate with membership.  As approved by vote during the Rush Summit in 2015, all Rush member clubs will submit data to SPI from your current registration system platform. The database will be managed and maintained through Demosphere.

 

Twice a year, each member club will download their membership's registration information into an Excel spreadsheet or CSV (Comma Separated Values). The member club will email two separate spreadsheets; one for competitive players, and the other for recreational players. These files will be collected and sent on to Demosphere and not shared with any outside entities. Details can be found in this document Mass Communication usage:

 

There will be an email reminder request  with all the details on the following schedule:


Spring

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

3/15/2016

4/01/2016

4/09/2016

4/10/2016

4/15/2016

 
Fall

1st

Request

2nd

Request

3rd

Request

Due Date

Deadline

8/15/2016

9/01/2016

9/10/2016

9/11/2016

9/15/2016

 

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Juggling Club

KEEP-IT-UPThe Rush Juggling Club is open to all players within the Rush Organization. To have your score added to the list, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). In your email please include your first and last name, # of juggles, your Rush club (STATE NAME NOT TEAM NAME), Date of Birth, Gender and the date when you set the record.

What is Juggling? 
Juggling is the act of keeping the ball off the ground. For soccer players, this means using any part of your body (laces, thigh, chest and head) to maintain control of the ball in the air without using your HANDS!! If you haven't juggled before, try the following: Hold the ball out in front of yourself. Now, drop the ball onto either your laces or thigh, and knock it back into your hands. Once you get a feel for this, try to do it two or three times in a row without using your hands!

Why Juggle?
Because juggling can significantly improve your game in many different ways! Your touch on the ball is vital to the game of soccer. If you can juggle the ball consistently, you are more likely to be consistent when receiving and distributing the ball in games. It's a great way for you to learn how the ball reacts to different touches and surfaces. Juggling can also improve your confidence on the ball - not to mention, it is fun!!!

When to Juggle?
The best part about juggling is that you can do it almost anywhere and all it takes is YOU and YOUR BALL!! The most effective way to achieve your jugglgin goals is to PRACTICE ON YOUR OWN! Beating your score and challenging yourself are important keys to improving your game. Juggling a soccer ball with feet, thighs or head is an excellent activity for both beginners and advanced players alike. It's a great warm-up activity and you will notice that after only a few minutes, your heart rate rises and muscles become warm and loose.


 

RUSH JUGGLING CLUB LEVELS

White - 100-249
Royal - 250-499
Black - 500-999
Elite - 1000+

 

 

Juggling Club 1000+

KEEP-IT-UPThe Rush Juggling Club is open to all players within the Rush Organization. To have your score added to the list, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). In your email please include your first and last name, # of juggles, your Rush club (STATE NAME NOT TEAM NAME), Date of Birth, Gender and the date when you set the record. Below are Rush players who have eclipsed the magic 1000 juggle mark. You are a master in the world of juggling! Great job!

RUSH JUGGLING CLUB ELITE LEVEL MEMBERS 1000+

PLAYER NAME AMOUNT RUSH CLUB DOB GENDER DATE SET
Hunter Talak 4115 So Cal Rush 08/23/2003 M 10/18/2015
Emma Gibbs 2385 Colorado Rush 04/17/2001 F 11/08/2015
Lauren Raad 2165 Connecticut Rush 08/15/2001 F 05/01/2015
Ari Siwek 2045 Idaho Rush 08/28/2006 F 01/10/2016
Corey Williams 1400 Colorado Rush 01/30/2000 M 9/30/2015
Sal Saputo 1127 Missouri Rush 05/11/2001 M 11/25/2015
Meg Guarente 1144 NJ Rush 2003 F October 2015
Mia Shute 1061 NJ Rush 2003 F July 2014
Dillion Rich 1057 Missouri Rush  11/30/2002  10/18/2015 
Rocket Angelucci 1044 NJ Rush 2003 M June 2014
McKenna Dannenhauer  1026  Colorado Rush 05/02/2002  12/13/15
           
           
           
           
           

 

Juggling Club 500

KEEP-IT-UPThe Rush Juggling Club is open to all players within the Rush Organization. To have your score added to the list, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). In your email please include your first and last name, # of juggles, your Rush club (STATE NAME NOT TEAM NAME), Date of Birth, Gender and the date when you set the record. The players below have managed to juggle in the 500-999 range. Great job and 'Keep it Up' trying to get to the next level!

RUSH JUGGLING CLUB BLACK LEVEL MEMBERS

PLAYER NAME AMOUNT RUSH CLUB DOB GENDER DATE SET
Rebecca Casper 900 NJ Rush 2002 F August 2015
Jeremy Ullman 755 Maryland Rush 04/25/2003 M 09/10/2015
Idan Dallal 639 Colorado Rush 09/10/2004 M 07/24/2015
Garrett Thompson 628 Rush Pikes Peak 11/16/2001 M 06/13/2015
Riley Tucker 567 Colorado Rush 03/13/2001 F 12/20/2015
Sofia Solberg 511 Alaska Rush 09/07/2001 F 10/15/2015
Bryce Kilmer 502 Maryland Rush 10/26/2003 M 01/27/2016
Emily Rasmussen 501 Idaho Rush  01/31/2015  10/31/2015 
Hiro Shimakura  700  Japan Rush  05/29/1994  12/15/2015 
 Erin Sullenberger 700  NJ Rush  2003  June 2014 
           

 

Juggling Club 250

KEEP-IT-UPThe Rush Juggling Club is open to all players within the Rush Organization. To have your score added to the list, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). In your email please include your first and last name, # of juggles, your Rush club (STATE NAME NOT TEAM NAME), Date of Birth, Gender and the date when you set the record. Below are Rush players who have taken it to the next level and gotten between 250 and 499 juggles. Great job and 'Keep it Up' trying to get to the next level!

RUSH JUGGLING CLUB ROYAL LEVEL MEMBERS 

PLAYER NAME AMOUNT RUSH CLUB DOB GENDER DATE SET
Josh Kiltz 480 Middleton Rush 05/07/2007 M 12/30/2015
Jillian Gotz 408 California Rush 12/21/2001 F 07/16/2015
Carmen Lo 402 Connecticut Rush 04/09/2002 F 07/01/2014
Jojo Martens 385 Lansing Rush 2003 M 2015
Marc Reedy 377 Virginia Rush 02/31/2001 M 10/27/2015
Lexi Frederick 368 Missouri Rush 12/12/2002 F 09/15/2015
Matias De Rosa 364 Maryland Rush 12/19/2002 M 08/03/2014
Aryaman Shah 350 India Rush 02/14/2003 M 12/15/2015
Caed Myles 323 Alaska Rush 09/17/2004 M 11/06/2015
Emilio Pena 323 So Cal Rush 02/10/2004 M 01/06/2016
Emilio Pena 287  So Cal Rush  02/10/2004  10/12/2015 
KK Parru 262 Connecticut Rush 03/19/2003 F 11/18/2015
Sena Otsuka 262 Idaho Rush  08/02/2003  10/22/2015 
Evan Somervell 256 Southwest VA Rush 01/12/2001 M 08/12/2015
Ian Woodley 251  Idaho Rush 01/26/2004  10/07/2015 
Mason Sproule 250 Southwest VA Rush 10/02/2002  M 10/19/2015
           
           

 

Juggling Club 100

KEEP-IT-UPThe Rush Juggling Club is open to all players within the Rush Organization. To have your score added to the list, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). In your email please include your first and last name, # of juggles, your Rush club (STATE NAME NOT TEAM NAME), Date of Birth, Gender and the date when you set the record. The players listed below have worked hard on their craft and have eclipsed the 100 juggle amount. Great job and 'Keep it Up' trying to get to the next level!


RUSH JUGGLING CLUB WHITE LEVEL MEMBERS

PLAYER NAME AMOUNT RUSH CLUB DOB GENDER DATE SET
Kaylee Fone 232 Idaho Rush 09/22/2002 F 11/18/2014
Rowan Morrison 206 Idaho Rush 11/18/2004 M 10/09/2015
Nathan Starzl 204 Alabama Rush 06/17/2004 M 02/04/2016
KK Parri 202 Connecticut Rush 03/19/2003 F 10/20/2015
Maurya Shah 200 India Rush 01/06/2002 M 12/15/2015
Adam Bennett 185 Southwestern VA Rush 11/07/2000 M 11/01/2015
AJ McCoy 184 Alaska Rush 08/11/2000 M 10/15/2015
Sarah Hammond 182 Idaho Rush 09/02/2001 F 10/20/2015
Anika Zepeda 172 Missouri Rush 12/27/2001 F 10/19/2015
Landon Duvall 162 Missouri Rush  03/07/2005  M 10/15/2015
Cobe Williams 136 Colorado Rush 01/30/2015 M 12/18/2015
Sophie Caswell 135  Colorado Rush  02/09/2000  10/20/2015 
 Annie Maley 127  Pennsylvania Rush  11/08/2004 F  10/15/2015
 Soren Taylor 110  Idaho Rush  10/15/2003 M  11/14/2015
Pierce Pappert 110 Connecticut Rush 10/07/2006 M 11/22/2015