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Rush Fest Frequently Asked Questions

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>> FOR CHAPERONES / MANAGERS<<

>> TRAVEL STUFF <<

>> FOR PARENTS <<

>> ADDITIONAL WAYS TO BE AWESOME <<

 

Q) What is the Purpose of the Rush Fest?
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The Rush Fest has multiple purposes and goals. This is an opportunity for Rush players from across the world to come together and be educated with the Rush Way, in a fun but competitive environment. Education is a huge part of the week with players receiving coaching during practices and games from some of the best coaches in Rush Soccer, but the education is not solely for players. There will also be clinics for the coaches, parent education sessions and team manager education. In addition, the competitive games will allow the Rush Select Coaching staff to identify potential players for the upcoming U13 Rush Select Pool. 
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Q) How can I register?
A) Easy, register here
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Q) Who can register?
A) Rush Fest is currently only for U12 Boys & Girls Rush teams, regardless of where you reside. Physically filling out registration should be done by a coach or team manager (or parent, if you are only registering an individual.)
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Q) Do I have to bring my whole team?
A) If you are able to bring at least 13 players from your team then you are able to get a price break on the many of the fee’s (including registration and T-shirt discounts). You are also able to add a couple of players to your team from outside of your state (or your club as a recruitment tool) to ensure you have enough players to take advantage of the discount. Use our comment form to request being paired with another team.
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Q) Can I register as an individual?
A) Yes – if you are able to attend but you are from a state without a specific U12 team, or there are not enough players to make the journey as a team, we have the option to register as an individual and Rush Soccer will place you on a team for the week.
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Q) What is the cost?
A) You will pay an immediate $110 deposit to hold your space at this event. This $110 deposit is a ONE time, non refundable fee and is a flat $110 for individuals AND teams. (For example, a team will not pay $110 x # of players, a one time $110 deposit will hold space for 13+ players.)
Individual registration is $110 for the Fest (this includes the Games, Training, Classroom, Social, t-shirt and coaches clinics). Obviously you will pre-pay this at registration. 
There is a team registration fee of $1450 for 13 - 18 players which includes all of the above. 
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Q) Do I have to stay in a specific hotel?
A) Yes, Rush Fest is a "stay-to-play" event and you will reserve rooms through our partner, Pse. Rush Soccer has secured hotels for the Rush Fest which will host the classroom facilities, opening ceremonies, and facilities for team and staff meetings. 
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Q) How can parents book hotels for the same rate and location? 
A) Parents can book their hotels via the same link as players and coaches; however, we ask that you are courteous with your room block - space is limited, and we want as many teams/players as possible to have their choice of hotel. 

Q) When should I book my arrival and departure dates?
A) The opening Ceremony will commence at 6pm on Sunday, July 13th, and the last games will conclude by 1:00 on Friday the 18th of July. Colorado has so much to offer in the summertime, we recommend you stay a few extra days to have some fun! 
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Q) Okay, I registered - now what?
A) You should receive an email detailing your registration submission. Please verify everything is correct, and within one week of registering you will hear from a Rush staff member detailing your acceptance or denial to this event. (Be sure you pay your deposit!)
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Q) What if I need to make changes to my original registration?
A) Please respond to the staff who sent out your acceptance letter to make changes to any registrations. We will do our very best to accommodate you.
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Q) Are meals provided?
A) Teams and individuals will be on their own for all meals. The only planned activity is [ TBD ], which will NOT include a meal. It is recommended $35-$40 per day is sent with your children to cover meal expenses.
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Q) Do we play 11v11 or 8v8?
A) All Rush Fest games will be based on the 11v11 format. If your team plays 8v8 feel free to find guest players you wish to bring (maybe players that you would like to see on your team even if from outside the club), or we can pair you with a state that also has low attendance number.
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Q) Are we encouraging parents to attend?
A) Absolutely, this is a Rush wide festival and we believe the parents should attend to experience the Rush Way in full effect too. We are asking the players to stay together in rooms with chaperones and coaches and not stay in the same room as their parents. This is likely the first time that the players are traveling and staying together as a team and we want to make sure that we give them the responsibility but under the supervision of their chaperones. Learning the Rush Way to travel is a part of this event!
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Q) When can I expect a schedule?
A) The final schedule generally comes out 1-2 months before the event.  Here is a sample schedule but please note, the format will change slightly. 
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Q) Are there discounts available?
A) By requiring all payments up front for t-shirts, registration, vans and Rapids tickets, we are able to offer group volume discounts and tax exemption. Teams of 13 or more can automatically save $500+ by registering together. T-shirts are included in your registration cost.
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Q) What if I don't need ground transportation?
A) If you are driving or are local, no worries, but if you are in need of a rental car we require you to respect our partnership with Avis / Budget. Don't worry, they offer discount pricing for us!
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Q) What is expected of a Rush chaperone?
A) Rush chaperones are responsible, soccer-loving, and able to pass a background check. Specifically for this event, a chaperone must be punctual, tireless and attentive. Typically a chaperone at the Rush Fest is responsible for driving the team to and from the fields, meals, the hotel, the airport, etc. See more in our manager's packet.
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Q) Are chaperones compensated for their time or travel expenses?
A) This matter is typically settled amongst individual teams. We recommend the team at least cover a chaperone's hotel or flight. Typically the role of a chaperone is voluntary, yet very rewarding.  See more in our manager's packet.
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Q) How much driving should a chaperone expect?
A) Because we fit so many activities into less than a week, a chaperone can expect quite a bit of driving. Depending on which hotel you're at, your schedule, and your extracurricular activities, you may be in a car for 3 hours in a day... We suggest you turn up the tunes and make the best of it!  See more in our manager's packet
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Q) What should my role be as a parent at Rush Fest?
A) We invite parents to take on an observer role at the Rush Fest so that players have the most positive experience with their new coaches and teammates possible. Your support and enthusiasm are very much appreciated, as is your willingness to enjoy watching rather than participating. Cheers to letting the players focus on their event! 
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Q) How much is due at registration?
A) Because space is limited and the Rush Fest is still growing, we require a $110 deposit at the time of registration. The secure payment will be made via PayPal and is the only form of payment we will accept for your deposit. This $110 deposit is a ONE time, non refundable fee and is a flat $110 for individuals AND teams. (For example, a team will not pay $110 x # of players, a one time $110 deposit will hold space for 13+ players.)
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Q) When is final payment due? 
A) Full payment is due by July 1st, with a late fee of $50 if paid after July 5th and NO PARTICIPATION/NO REFUNDS if full payment is not received by July 10th. Registrations after July 1st will require full payment immediately upon registering. Full payment can be paid via cc or check. More pricing details here.
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Q) What is this "gift exchange" I've heard of?
A) One of the big events we plan is a "kids only" (not strictly) social event in which players socialize amongst each other and exchange Rush gifts from their local club. It is a blast! We recommend you bring an item per child, but by all means bring more - the more a player starts with, the more they can trade for with other clubs! Your item can be anything customized to your local Rush club. (ie Colorado Rush t-shirts, Alaska Rush hat, etc.)
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Q) Do we have to bring our own equipment? 
A) Coaches are responsible for bringing their own cones and pennies and we recommend the players each bring a ball.  With over 50 teams anticipated we are unable to provide equipment for all teams, unfortunately.
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Q) Is there a packing list we can use?  
A) Yes, please download a sample manager's packet and within it you will find a packing list. 
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Q) What airport do we fly into?
A) Fly into Denver International Airport. Our Rush Fest travel page has more info.
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Q) Where do we pickup rental vans? 
A) You will pickup vans at the Avis Denver International Airport location. You will prepay for these vans, but drivers will need to sign  for their vehicles (decline insurance!! we include it already). Our Rush Fest travel page has more info.
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Q) How far are hotels from fields and the airport?
A) The bulk of our hotels will be 10-15 minutes from the fields, and about 30-40 minutes from the airport. Our Rush Fest travel page has more info.
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Q) Are only the Rush & Nero teams welcome?
A) We want as many U12 teams to experience Rush Fest as possible. Of course, space can be limited, so please inquire with the Rush Staff before registering a non-Rush/Nero team. 
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Q) When are final rosters due?
A) Your final rosters, along with most other items with due dates, will be due before 5 pm MST on July 1st. Please be mindful of the hard work and busy schedule the Rush Staff has and respect our deadlines!
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Q) Do you welcome international Rush teams? 
A) Of course! We encourage our U12 Rush teams from around the WORLD to join us. 
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Q) Is the Avis discount only good at the Denver airport location?
A) In fact - NO, it is good nationwide, year-round. If you would like to rent a vehicle at your local location and drive it to/from Denver, then you are in for some benefits! (Low flat rate, unlimited miles round trip, included LDW insurance, pay no taxes, etc.) This is because Rush Travel has a partnership with Avis! 
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Q) Are there resources I can reference?
A) We have resources galore for you, please take advantage of them!

  • Our Parent membership page has a ton of great articles and documents compiled in a neat little space. Be sure you are registered and signed in to access this members-only area!
  • This Rush Fest manager's packet template is pretty useful.
  • If you want to start planning meal spots and routes, here is a map of the area
  • Make it a vacation! There are some must-see Denver attractions that we recommend, you know, since you'll be in the neighborhood.
  • Ensure your travel is safe and healthy. Denver is a high altitude, generally dry environment, and as such it is easy to get dehydrated and injured. Take every precaution to ensure your players make it through the week still able to walk!
  • Don't forget to download the waiver, have every parent/child sign where indicated, and return to us! These are REQUIRED for EVERY player's participation, NO EXCEPTIONS. 
  • DOWNLOAD OUR RUSH FEST APP! [coming soon] It will have everything you & your team need at the event. 

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Q) What am I responsible for as a team manager [of this event]?
A) Whether you are a team manager year round or just for this event, your volunteer work is appreciated, and we want to make your job a little easier. Don't forget to take advantage of our reference items above.  

It is suggested that a Rush Fest team manager: handles registration; collects/submits payment (or instructing a Treasurer to do so); acts as the main liaison between the team and Rush staff; distributes & collects waivers; assigns responsible, dependable, safety-first chaperones; handles hotel reservations for the team; helps with travel (vans, flights - use Rush Travel for group flights if you feel overwhelmed); and generally ensures the needs of Coach and Rush Staff are met so the team's trip is a flawless success!
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Q) What size ball should we bring?
A) Please bring a size 5.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Note: July is a busy month for the Rush staff and we ask that you pay close attention to our deadlines. We will keep up consistent communication (including reminders) to ensure you do not miss an important date, but please know that we set deadlines for a reason and failing to meet them could result in the forfeiture of your spot at this event. All items are due by 5 PM MST on the date specified. 

ITEM DUE DUE DATE
 Registration July 1
Deposit   At Registration
Appearance Agreement / Waiver Returned  July 5 
Hotels Reserved  July 5 
Hotels Canceled Without Penalty  July 7 
Vans Reserved (names, pick up/drop off info, etc. provided)  July 1 
Final Payment July 5 
Rosters July 1 
CUT OFF DATE - after this date, your participation will be DENIED if all items above are not complete. July 10 
From Rush: Team groupings released July 3 
From Rush: Practice / Game Schedules released July 3 
From Rush: Manager's Packet updated [likely never, we are transitioning from paper to our new app!] 
From Rush: Player Itinerary released  July 3
From Rush: Manager Meeting Itinerary released  July 3

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