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Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t worry about rosters or player cards. There is no check-in. We are all in the Rush family and all players are here to compete and have fun.

Coaches – Pennies and Cones and a match ball will be provided for games and practices. Please have your players bring their own ball for training sessions and warm ups.

Q) What is the Purpose of the Rush Fest?

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.

Q) What is the cost? 

  •  $140 for individual, no deposit, no refunds, due by April 1st

  • Single $250 nonrefundable deposit for full teams, does apply towards registration costs

  • $140 per player for partial team, 2-13 players – The cost per player will automatically calculate during registration.

  • $1800 for Full team of 14+ players 

Q) Who can register?
A) Rush Fest is for 2009 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.) We will have all levels of play, from DA teams to lower level, and everything in between.

Q) Do I have to bring my whole team?
A) Every 2009 is welcome! We encourage full teams to attend but will not deny individuals. 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.

Q) Can I register as an individual?
A) Yes – if you are able to attend but you are from a state without a specific 2009 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.

Q) Do I have to stay in a specific hotel?
A) Yes, Rush Fest is a "stay-to-play" event and you will reserve your block of rooms through Rush Travel. Rush Soccer has secured hotels for the Rush Fest which will host the classroom facilities, opening ceremonies, and facilities for team and staff meetings. Team Managers will receive booking links once registration is approved.

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 11, and the last games will conclude by 2:00 pm on Friday, July 16. Colorado has so much to offer in the summertime, we recommend you stay a few extra days to have some fun! 

Q) Okay, I registered - now what?
A) You should receive an email detailing your registration submission. You will receive a Google Doc to fill out pertinent information regarding your team, and will receive emails from Damion to collect payment, rosters, etc.

Q) Are meals provided?
A) Teams and individuals will be on their own for all meals. The host hotel does include a buffet breakfast. It is recommended $35-$40 per day is sent with your children to cover meal expenses.

Q) Do we play 11v11 or 9v9?
A) All Rush Fest games will be based on the 11v11 format. If your team plays 9v9 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 a low attendance number.

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!

Q) I’m bringing my player’s siblings. How can they be involved?

A) We accept any volunteer help we can get! We have a Developmental Camp as well as a Thunder Camp they can be involved in, or just helping around the event where needed.

Q) When can I expect a schedule?
A) The final schedule generally comes out a month before the event.

Q) What is expected of a Rush chaperone?
A) Rush chaperones are volunteer heroes and without them, this event wouldn't be possible. Generally, 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, arranging all meals, sorting travel items, etc. Contact us if you need guidance.

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!

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.)

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.

Q) What airport do we fly into?
A) St. Louis Lambert International is the best airport to fly into. It is only a short drive from the fields and host hotels.

Q) Where do we pickup rental vans? 
A) Vans will be available at Avis or Budget at the airport (St. Louis Lambert International.)

Q) Do you welcome international Rush teams? 
A) Of course! We encourage our U12 Rush teams from around the WORLD to join us.

Q) What size ball should we bring?
A) Please bring a size 5.

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O'Fallon, Missouri 63368
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