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IOWA RUSH COACHES

 
Players are a direct product of the environment in which they learn the game. At Iowa Rush we shape the curriculum tor agymeman u12b f13 teach players to get better by providing constant challenges and exposure to problem solving situations. The players receive supervision, advice, encouragement and instant feedback in a developmentally appropriate environment. The training sessions and matches should be fun, not stressful, learning moments. Players should be allowed to make mistakes, receive information and respond in a positive manner to adversity. The curriculum is also designed to meet individual player needs based on age, ability, capacity, potential and ambition.
 
Our primary focus is to help each individual player develop, grow, and mature as soccer players, athletes, and people. It is a long-term process that cannot be rushed. There is no guarantee that a player will reach his or her potential, but we must give the players an opportunity to become the best that they can be. There is no magic formula, no shortcuts to successful development. Coaching at the youth level is not about collecting or recruiting players to win team championships. It is about working with players and coaches to improve performance by creating age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate environments that are safe, healthy, challenging, and competitive.
 
We need to understand who we are coaching; they are not mini-adults, they are children. Each age group has different characteristics that affect the way we teach and communicate. For all ages, winning is not the end-all-be-all. While learning how to compete and win and lose are important, it is the acquisition of skills and life lessons which remains our highest priority. Since players develop at different rates, this is not just for those who are the most advanced for their age. Nor is it just for the best athletes or the most committed soccer players. It is why we should set individual challenges in front of each player. Players may be asked to play up in age, while others may be asked to play in a more appropriate environment based on their skill level. Others may find themselves being asked to do more in order to be challenged.
 
Such a philosophy means sometimes taking unpopular stands regarding team formation and player placement. It means being honest with parents about the growth and development of their child. It requires us as coaches to challenge each individual player, while not forgetting about the needs of the team. As an organization, we have to find a delicate balance to do what is in the best interest of the player vs. that of the teams and the club. To accomplish these goals, we must all be committed to understanding the game and learning more about how we can coach, direct, and lead. In this way, coaches need assistance, players need direction, and parents need guidance.
 
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Recreational Coaches
  • Receive training from the professional staff coaches throughout the year
  • Receive partial reimbursement for licensing courses
  • Can be (and many are) licensed through the Iowa Soccer Association
  • Provide a safe learning environment
  • Typically has a child on the team

Coaching Clinics
Iowa Rush Soccer Club has parent coaches who volunteer their time and talents on a weekly basis to enrich the soccer experience of the players in our recreational program. We understand that not all parent coaches have played the game, so the club provides a pre-season clinic and has teaching resources available throughout the season. We provide an age appropriate coaching curriculum as well as access to USSF Coach License Courses. The club will reimburse 50% of license fees upon completion of the course.

Employment/Volunteer Disclosure

The Iowa Soccer Association requires that ALL volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, and team parents complete an Employment/Volunteer Disclosure Form. This form must be completed before a coach/assistant coach or a team parent will be added to a roster. Returning volunteers must complete a new form every 2 years. Please click on the link below.
Coaches and assistant coaches click here to complete form
 
 RUSH WAY COACHING RESOURCES - ALL AGES - Click on the Links Below

Fun Games from RUSH Progression Manuals

Games with Restrictions from RUSH Progression Manuals

Juggling - All Ages - from RUSH Progression Manuals

Footwork - All Ages - from RUSH Progression Manuals

Glossary of Terms from RUSH Progression Manuals

RUSH WAY COACHING RESOURCES - U5-U8 (Micro Division) Age Groups - Click on the Links Below

Ball Gymnastics from RUSH Progression Manuals

U5-U6 Professional Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U7 Professional Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U8 Professional Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U5-U8 Micro Division Game Day Ideas from RUSH Progression Manuals

 Coaching U5-U8 Summary from RUSH Progression Manuals

Iowa Rush U5-U6 Player Curriculum

Iowa Rush U7-U8 Player Curriculum

RUSH WAY COACHING RESOURCES - U9-U10 (Bantam Division) Age Groups - Click on the Links Below

Ball Gymnastics from RUSH Progression Manuals

U9 Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U10 Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

Coaching U9-U10 Summary from RUSH Progression Manuals

Iowa Rush U9-U10 Player Curriculum

RUSH WAY COACHING RESOURCES - U11-U13 (Youth Division) Age Groups - Click on the Links Below

U11 Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U12 Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U13 Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U11-U13 Youth Division Game Day Ideas from RUSH Progression Manuals

11v11 Formation Guide from RUSH Progression Manuals

Coaching U11-U13 Summary from RUSH Progression Manuals

Iowa Rush U11-U12 Player Curriculum

RUSH WAY COACHING RESOURCES - U14-U15 (Junior Division) Age Groups - Click on the Links Below

U14 Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U15 Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U14-U15 Junior Division Game Day Ideas from RUSH Progression Manuals

11v11 Formation Guide from RUSH Progression Manuals

Coaching U14-U15 Summary from RUSH Progression Manuals

Iowa Rush U13-U14 Player Curriculum

RUSH WAY COACHING RESOURCES - U16-U18 (Senior Division) Age Groups - Click on the Links Below

U16 Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U17-U18 Training Sessions from RUSH Progression Manuals

U16-U18 Senior Divisioin Game Day Ideas from RUSH Progression Manuals

11v11 Formation Guide from RUSH Progression Manuals

Coaching U16-U18 Summary from RUSH Progression Manuals

ADDITIONAL COACHING RESOURCES - Click on the Links Below 

Coaching Education Opportunities In Iowa
Best Practices- US Youth Soccer
Refereeing Info in Iowa
US Youth Soccer Quick Tips Videos
Iowa Soccer Association (ISA) Soccer Sessions for All Ages
More Soccer Sessions for All Ages
ISA Recreational Manual, U6-U8
ISA Recreational Manual, U10-U12
Greater Des Moines Rules
Small Sided Games Manual

U5 & U6 Coaching Tips
U7 & U8 Coaching Tips

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