ALASKA RUSH SOCCER CLUB

Academy Teams

9U & 10U Academy Teams

The Alaska Rush Academy Teams are designed and modeled after some of the top European professional academies, many of which have existed for over 30+ years. Players like Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), and Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) all began their careers as soccer-crazed youngsters before being invited to participate in their respective club's premier developmental programs. As a result of the consistent, professional-level training they received through such academies, they are now regarded as some of the world's most elite players playing for some of the world's most elite teams.

The Mission of the Academy Program is to provide a professional level training program for 9U and 10U boys and girls. The program is designed to introduce and develop the individual player's technical skills with the ball and to stimulate his/her desire to play soccer competitively in a team environment. The program will provide a quality soccer education and healthy competition in a setting that promotes creativity and encourages players to take risks and improvise without fear of mistakes.

The Academy Program uses an academy approach that is geared toward boys and girls ages 9 to 10 years of age, placing a large emphasis on player and team development in a quality-training environment. The aim is to improve a player's technical skills, expand his/her game awareness, introduce the game as well as its systems and positional play, and transition them into competitive when they are ready.

The Rush Academy training curriculum is designed to introduce and complement future, competitive match play as well as address the immediate needs of the youth soccer player. It is a combination of technical and tactical topics with the emphasis mostly on technical and skill development of the players. The curriculum will cover important, age-appropriate topics such as:
• Dribbling, including shielding and taking players on.
• Finishing, the technical aspects of bending, instep, placement combined with where and how to line-up.
• Passing, striking the ball with a variety of surfaces, deception and the weight of your pass will be introduced.
• Receiving and turning with the ball.
• Shielding, protecting the ball with the body.
• Heading, introduced in the older age groups.
• Offensive, small group combinations, small group shape will be introduced.
• Defending, players knowing that they must work hard to get ball back.

The Alaska Rush 9U & 10U Academy Team Program is a bridge for our Under-9/10 Youth Academy players to transition into Competitive soccer.

Each 9U & 10U Academy Team will be formed from primarily players registered with the Alaska Rush Youth Soccer League to compete in the United Anchorage Youth Soccer League (UAYSL) 9U & 10U Division.  This league has Winter and Summer league seasons and consists of teams from other clubs. Teams will also compete in local tournaments. 

The Head Coach for each Academy team is a highly qualified National USSF and/or NSCAA coach specially selected to coach at this age group. The Director of Coaching Youth Development will assist with the transition from Developmental (9U & 10U Academy) to Competitive soccer (U11 Premier). 

To be selected to participate on the 9U or 10U Academy Teams, players must be recommended by the Head Coach. Once recommended, these players undergo a review process before being contacted. It is an honor and privilege to be selected and to play for Rush. Please consider this commitment wisely, understanding the Rush Core Values and the Characteristics of a Rush player.

· Winter Registration ($550) – includes 8 UAYSL League Games as well as 2  practices week at Fox Hollow Dome on the turf.

· Summer Registration ($550) – includes 2 practices a week, 10 UAYSL league games, and 2 tournaments (Alaska Airlines Cup and Zane Cup or Far North).

Note: A Training/Game kit must be purchased seperately at an estimated cost of $60.

Training Schedule: Academy Training Schedules

Team Head Coaches:

  • Boys 10U: Alaska Rush 08B, Head Coach: Chris Hoke

  • Girls 10U: Alaska Rush 08G, Head Coach:  Julie Shields

  • Boys 9U: Alaska Rush 09B, Head Coach: Ron Kruse

  • Girls 9U: Alaska Rush 09G, Head Coach:TBD

For more information, please contact Technical Director Eli Ulvi.

Once selected by your coach, please register for the Alaska Rush 9U or 10U Academy Team by clicking here.

Contact

ALASKA RUSH SOCCER CLUB
PO Box 111874 
Anchorage, Alaska 99511

Phone : 907-561-7874
Email: Eulvi@alaskarush.com

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