Building a club culture. The time is now.
We want you! Please click on the link for a list of new volunteer opportunities:
Iowa Rush events and activities provide our players and families with countless opportunities to play soccer and build lasting relationships. All of these events and activities require volunteers to be successful. We need your assistance with providing our players, families and guests a positive experience with Iowa Rush and with our community. Join a vibrant, energetic group of volunteers. Iowa Rush events and activities provide our players and families with countless opportunities to play soccer and build lasting relationships. All of these events and activities require volunteers to be successful. We need your assistance with providing our players, families and guests a positive experience with Iowa Rush and with our community.
When you volunteer with Iowa Rush, you will have the opportunity to:
- Make a difference
- Connect with your community
- Feel involved
- Use your skills in a productive way
- Develop new skills
- Meet new people
- Explore new areas of interest
- Make new friends
- Strengthen your resume
Be a part of the club, be engaged, get involved! Sign up now to volunteer.
The Iowa Rush Soccer Club serves our youth through the involvement and dedication of hundreds of adult volunteers. Through these efforts the children enjoy a rich and rewarding soccer experience. We are continually in need of volunteers throughout the year. By being actively involved in Iowa Rush, your ideas and visions help develop the future of soccer in our community and keep our costs down. If you are interested in working together to build a club that will benefit all levels of soccer players in our community, please contact Iowa Rush Administration.
Areas where we need assistance:
- Advertising/promote training programs
- Alternate Practice Fields
- Brochures/Flyers (promotion)
- Bulletin Board
- Concession stand inventory
- Concession stand staff
- Custom Print Requests
- Equipment - Distribution
- Equipment - Maintaining inventory
- Equipment - Purchases
- Field Closures
- Field Marshalls
- Grant Writing
- Indoor Facilities
- List of committees (maintaining)
- Logo Requests
- Long Term Planning
- Lost and Found
- Policies and Procedures
- Press Releases
- Registration - Academy
- Registration - Camps
- Registration - Recreational
- Registration - Select
- Registration - Tournaments
- Rush Festival
- Rush Tournaments
- Surveys - Zoomerang
- Swap Shop
- Text Messaging
- T-shirt design
- T-shirts ordering
- Videos for Promotions
- Volunteer Coordinator
Your help is needed!! Iowa Rush Soccer Club is Ankeny's only regulation soccer program serving 1,200 players and we exist through volunteer efforts.
The “volunteer fees” of previous years are built into the fees for 2011 - 2012 and are technically not a separate fee or a fee that is paid up front it is all included in the player fees. Parents are able to receive a $20.00 reimbursement by volunteering and completing one of the following duties:
- Work a shift in concession stand
- Serve as a team manager/team parent **Competitive program only**
Sign up today to work in the concession stand. Volunteers will be reimbursed their volunteer fee upon completion of a 2 hour shift.
A parent/guardian can sign up for 1 shift for each player that is registered with the club. If anyone over the age of 14 is interested in working additional shifts, they can review the openings for the upcoming weekend on Friday nights after 7pm. We need to give the parents the first opportunity to sign up so you can only sign up for left over shifts after 7 pm on Friday night. If you sign up for multiple shifts prior to 7pm on Friday, your name will be removed and you will not be reimbursed for the shift
- Sign your name in the "sign-in book".
- No one under 14 should be in the concession stand or be handling money.
- At the end of each shift you are responsible for training the next shift, clean counters and floors. Please do not leave a mess for the next shift.
- If you are on the last shift please do the following:
- Wipe down counters with stainless steel cleaner.
- Clean out popcorn machine inside and out.
- Turn off all machines EXCEPT THE NACHO MACHINE and wipe them down.
- Stock drinks and snacks if asked. (Rotate drinks, they are dated and must be used before expiring.)
If you are interested in working together to build a club that will benefit all levels of soccer players in our community, please contact Iowa Rush Administration
Iowa Rush understands that referees are an integral part of the game. Therefore we promote all referee license courses and encourage our players and parents to become match officials. Referee license courses are available through the Iowa Soccer Association. Program information can be found at www.iowasoccer.org
For information about Iowa Rush Referees, please contact:
Entry Level Referee Clinics - Registration at www.iowareferees.org Click the Clinics Page
REACH (Rush Equipment Assisting Children) is designed to share love and compassion with marginalized youth in third world countries by providing youth soccer clubs, schools, and villages with soccer uniforms and equipment. Furthermore, REACH strives to be advocates of community development by enriching the lives of youth through service, soccer, and education. Over the past few years, Rush has delivered tens of thousands of pieces of equipment to countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, South Africa, Mexico, Thailand, etc. Future sites include Mali, Ghana, Kenya, and Haiti.
The REACH program has been featured on CBS, ABC and Good Morning America. General David Petraeus of the United States Army has personally shared with the Rush the Army's desire for the REACH program to continue. General Petraeus values the humanitarian aspect as well as the fact that the negative stigma diminishes when the U.S. troops are viewed as gift givers in conflict territories. Other partners include America One (foundation of musician and humanitarian Bono) Eurosport, TRIAD and more.
While the REACH program has been very successful to date, it is still being under-utilized. With such a large membership, Rush Soccer has a responsibility to use our numbers to spread this program to all of our Rush partners. With the full support of Rush clubs across the nation, there is no end to the amount of good we can do for the less fortunate. In the past few months, Rush has taken a more proactive approach and has requested for each Rush partner club to have a representative to serve as REACH Volunteer Coordinator or RVC. The RVC's will be collecting equipment within your community and eventually ship the collection to a site in the U.S. for inventory and then, Rush headquarters, one more time will ship to communities in need with-in the United States and Abroad. Ahmed Agyeman is our Iowa Rush REACH Contact
When you serve 1,200 players each season, there are a lot of moving parts. We maximize every registration dollar we receive, but there's always more we wish we could do. Your contributions allow us to maintain or extend the reach of our scholarship program, maintain the level of services we provide even in the face of rising costs, and continue to keep soccer at all levels as affordable as possible. Of course, your donation is fully tax-deductible and greatly appreciated by our staff and players.
Iowa Rush strongly believes that the benefits of participating in youth sports should not be limited only to those who can afford it. That is why we award scholarships to children of families with documented financial need. Donations to our Scholarship Fund allow us to continue this important work and allow kids who otherwise would not have the chance to play the game they love.
Field Maintenance Fund
Iowa Rush enjoys healthy, positive relationships with the Ankeny Parks and Recreation Department for field use. But that use is not free. Each year, Iowa Rush spends a significant amount of money annually in field preparation and maintenance; mowing, fertilizing, lining fields, etc. That figure does not include field equipment such as goals and nets, nor does it include money for future field acquisition or development. Donations to our Field Maintenance Fund allow us to continue to maintain the fields we use for games and practice, allowing kids the opportunity to play the game they love.
Unrestricted donations allow us the flexibility to use funds in a variety of ways, including:
- Immediate, unforeseen needs such as replacing damaged field equipment.
- Special events such as RecFest and the Select tournaments.
- Helping coaches attain state- and national-level licensing.
- Unrestricted funds will not be used for personnel expenses or expenses incurred by individual teams or players.