Rhode Island Rush is still very much in their infancy as a Rush club. But they are working hard to bring the Rush Way to the North East including taking on some of the National Rush programs including the Player Loan Program. Their first foray into the PLP was a resounding success!
Recently, Julia Palin, a 16 year old midfielder from Norton, MA had the opportunity to participate in RI Rush’s Player Loan program by guest playing for PA Rush in the Bethesda Premier Cup in Bethesda, MD.
The Player Loan Program enables players to take advantage of playing opportunities with teams in other regions of the country. Players can play in events that their team may not be able to participate in, play at higher levels of competition, be exposed to regional or national staff, travel regionally, nationally or internationally as well as experience different playing styles, coaching, cultures and traditions.
One of the unique things about this experience was that Julia guest played for another Rush team before she ever set foot on the field with her RI Rush team. When contemplating whether to stay with her previous club team or accept a position with RI Rush, Julia was told that Rush sets themselves apart from other clubs, not only with their superior coaching, core values, and mission, but also by the opportunities Rush itself offers.
What opportunities are they talking about? Would it really be different?
Indeed it is! Julia and her mother were taken back by the quality of competition and the amount of college coaches that actually “showed up” at her first tournament. She was also impressed with how involved Rush coaches are with helping their players with the college recruiting process. “I learned so much over the weekend. Many things I didn’t even know about!” says Julia. “I was also wondering how I would be accepted as a guest player and how I would fit in with a team that has been playing together for awhile. Rush is truly a family and made me feel welcome, like a regular member of the team. It was a great opportunity to play in another part of the country, make new friends, and network with other parents and players. I also think it’s good to play on other teams and adapt to their style of coaching and tactics. There is always so much to learn, and Rush gives me that opportunity! I truly believe it makes me a better player and more marketable.”
“I also had the opportunity to attend a free Player and Parent College Recruiting Seminar, where 5 coaches (Div I, II, III) shared recruiting tips from their perspectives. It was so helpful to hear what they like and what they don’t like when they are considering a player. The information I gained in that seminar was priceless.”
“Another perk of the Player Loan program is that I also got to travel to Washington, DC with my mom after the tournament. Being able to play in other parts of the country where I may want to attend college is fantastic, but I also love the sightseeing opportunities I get to share with my family.”
"RI Rush is a perfect fit for me and it really does provide opportunities that I would not have had the chance to be involved in otherwise, such as the College Advisory Program, Rush Select, National and International Programs, I Juggle, the REACH program and more."