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Kansas Rush College Advisory Program
Kansas Rush is excited to announce a new one of a kind College Recruiting series for all competitive members from 8th grade thru 12th grade called the Kansas Rush College Advisory Program (CAP). A FREE program like this will be something that no other club offers to families and is something we are very excited about doing for our Kansas Rush members. This program will consist of a 2 or 3-part series that will cover everything you need to know about the recruiting process and the best ways to put yourself in the best position to play soccer at the next level. We will have many more details in the coming weeks however we wanted to make everyone aware of the first 2 parts of this series coming up soon. On January 23rd we will host Part 1 at Indian Trails Middle School in the auditorium and that will cover the basic information about the recruiting process. The DO’S and DONT’S and how to get started as well as a to-do list for 9-12th grade and what you should be doing each year during the process. The 2nd part of the series will be on Feb 3rd at the same Indian Trails Middle School and we are very excited about having different college coaches coming and speaking to our families about different topics. These are the very same coaches that do this day in and day out, so you will get their perspective on the best way and what they look for in players they are recruiting. We will have both men and women coaches from Division 1 thru NAIA to speak to our student athletes. Exact times of these first 2 sessions as well as registration will be announced soon.
Be sure and SAVE THE DATES! January 23rd and February 3rd!

Kansas Rush Academy 02 Girls Win State Cup and NPL

The Kansas Rush Academy 02 Girls coached by Daouda Kante had a very successful Fall campaign. In November they competed in the Kansas State Cup Championships and after 4 games over two weekends were crowned Kansas State Cup Champions. By claiming the state championship, they will now head to Westfield Indiana June 21-26 representing the state of Kansas at the Region 2 Championships.

Competing for the first time as club this fall in the NPL, National Premier League, this same 02 girls team were also crowned league champions. The league consists of 8 clubs spanning Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska from the U13 thru U19 age group. The 02 girls team went 8-0 with a combined score in those 8 games of 34 goals for and 5 goals against. By sweeping the league the girls will now head to Aurora, Colorado July 12-16 to compete in the National NPL finals.
Great job girls and best of luck this spring in high school and summer at regionals and nationals! 



KANSAS RUSH QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

ARTICLES AND INFO FROM RECREATIONAL

A FEW IMPORTANT DEADLINES APPROACHING...


2018 Spring Independent Premier & 2018 Spring Recreational ages U11 & Up:
Dec 27th - Coaches should be registered with Rush
Dec 31st - Players should be registered with Rush (late fees kick in on 31st)
Jan 8th - Teams should be registered with Heartland by Coaches (they do not take late registrations)

Article

Fostering Good Sportsmanship
from KidsHealth for Parents


Good sportsmanship occurs when teammates, opponents, coaches, and officials treat each other with respect. Kids learn the basics of sportsmanship from the adults in their lives, especially their parents and their coaches. Kids who see adults behaving in a sportsmanlike way gradually come to understand that the real winners in sports are those who know how to persevere and to behave with dignity - whether they win or lose a game.

Parents can help their kids understand that good sportsmanship includes both small gestures and heroic efforts. It starts with something as simple as shaking hands with opponents before a game and includes acknowledging good plays made by others and accepting bad calls gracefully. Displaying good sportsmanship isn't always easy: It can be tough to congratulate the opposing team after losing a close or important game. But the kids who learn how to do it will benefit in many ways.

A child who bullies or taunts others on the playing field isn't likely to change the behavior when in the classroom or in social situations. In the same way, a child who practices good sportsmanship is likely to carry the respect and appreciation of other people into every other aspect of life.

What Is Good Sportsmanship?
Ask a first or second grader who won a game, and that child may answer, "I think it was a tie." It's likely the question isn't of any real interest at that stage. Kids may be more eager to talk about the hits they got or the catches they almost made. But as they move into older and more competitive leagues, kids become more focused on winning. They often forget to have fun. Without constant reminders and good examples, they may also forget what behavior is appropriate before, during, and after a sporting event.

If a child has a coach who cares only about being in first place and says that anything goes as long as they win, that child picks up the message that it's OK to be ruthless on the field. If parents are constantly pressuring them to play better or second-guessing every move they've made, children get the message that they're only as good as their last good play - and they'll try any method of achieving one.

Adults who emphasize good sportsmanship, however, see winning as just one of several goals they'd like their kids to achieve. They help young athletes take pride in their accomplishments and in their improving skills, so that the kids see themselves as winners, even if the scoreboard doesn't show the numbers going in their favor.

The best coaches - and parents - encourage their kids to play fair, to have fun, and to concentrate on helping the team while polishing their own skills.
Good Sports Are Winners
Fostering Good Sportsmanship
Remember the saying, "Actions speak louder than words"? That's especially true when it comes to teaching your kids the basics of good sportsmanship. Your behavior during practices and games will influence them more than any pep talk or lecture you give them.

Here are some suggestions on how to build sportsmanship in your child:
• Unless you're coaching your child's team, you need to remember that you're the parent. Shout words of encouragement, not directions, from the sidelines (there is a difference!).
• If you are your kid's coach, don't expect too much out of your own child. Don't be harder on him or her than on anyone else on the team, but don't play favorites either.
Keep your comments positive. Don't bad-mouth coaches, players, or game officials. If you have a serious concern about the way that games or practices are being conducted, or if you're upset about other parents' behavior, discuss it privately with your child's coach or with a league official.
• When you're talking to your child after a competition, it's important not to dwell on who won or lost. Instead, you might ask your child, "How did you feel you did during the game?" If your child mentions that he or she didn't do well at a particular skill, like throwing or catching, offer to work on these skills with your child before the next game.
Applaud good plays no matter who makes them.
Set a good example with your courteous behavior toward the parents of kids on the other team. Congratulate them when their kids win.
• Remember that it's your child, not you, who is playing. Don't push your child into a sport because it's what you enjoyed. As your child gets older, let your child choose the sport he or she wants to play, and let him or her decide the level of commitment he or she wants to make to it.

Keep your perspective. It's just a game. Even if your child's team loses every game of the season it's unlikely to ruin his or her life or chances of success.
Look for examples of good sportsmanship in professional athletes and point them out to your kid. Talk about the bad examples, too, and why they upset you.

Finally, don't forget to have fun. Even if your child isn't the star, enjoy the game while you're thinking of all the benefits your child is gaining - new skills, new friends, and attitudes that can help him or her all through life.

Kansas Rush High School Boys Awards for Fall 2017 

The previous High School Soccer season has been very rewarding for many of Kansas Rush boys with regards to awards in both Kansas and Missouri as well as regionally and even nationally. We would like to recognize the below players on an outstanding season and continued success. Special congrats to Alex Rotert, Alex Esquivel, Kyle Ruark and Seth Wiebusch for being named to the United Soccer Coaches All Central Regional team. Kyle Ruark was also named a high school All American by the same coach’s association.

Kansas Rush Academy 99 Gray
Alex Rotert
• Kansas 4-1A 1st Team All State
• Kansas 4-1A Defensive Player of the Year
• 1st Team All Eastern Kansas League (EKL)
• Eastern Kansas League (EKL) Defensive Player of the Year
• United Soccer Coaches (Region VII) - 1st Team
• United Soccer Coaches All American - Honorable Mention
Keavin Hart
• All State 2nd team
• All District 1st Team
• All Region—KC Metro Districts 12-15
• All Conference—Goalkeeper of the Year
• All Conference 1st team
Brian DeSanto
• First Team All Sunflower League Defender
• First Team All State Defender
Zachary Wagner
• Hays High School
• Western Athletic Conference Honorable Mention
• 4A 1st Team All-State
• Western Athletic Conference All-Academic First Team
Alex Esquivel
• West Central Missouri Conference: First Team All-Conference
• Missouri Class 4, District 11: First Team All-Conference, Offensive Player of the Year
• Missouri Class 4 Central/Southwest Region: All-Region Team, Co-Offensive Player of the Year
• Missouri Class 4 All-State First Team
• United Soccer Coaches Fall Boys High School All-Central Region Team
Evan Kaloupek
• 1st Team All State
• 1st Team All Sunflower League
• High School All-American Candidate
Kyle Ruark
• All-American
• Academic All State
• Missouri State Player of the Year
• All Metro Player of the Year
• District Player of the Year
Chandler Peterson
• 1st team all conference,
• 1st team district and
• 1st team all state.
• District offensive player of the year,
• state all regional team.
• #1 in state of Missouri for goals in a single season with 76,
• #2 in the state of Missouri for career goals with 177,
• #1 in state of Missouri for average goals per game with 3.25,
• #2 in state of Missouri for career scoring average of 1.75 per game, tied with Sony Saad (current sporting player)
• #6 in the nation for most goals per game
Camden Schieffer
• 1st Team All Region
• 1st Team All State

Kansas Rush Academy 99 Blue

Eric Cooksey 
• 1st team Sunflower League
Seth Wiebusch
• 1st Team All conference
• 1st Team All District
• 1st Team All Region
• Regional Player of the year
• 1st Team all State
• Unites Soccer Coaches All Central Regional Team
Samuel Enna
• 2nd Team EKL
Eder Hernandez 
• Sunflower League Honorable Mention
Alan Aguero
• Sunflower League Honorable Mention
Tavita Plotez
• Sunflower League Honorable Mention
Jack Berg
• 1st Team EKL
• 2nd Team 6A All State

Kansas Rush Academy 00 Boys
Cooper Wilson
• EKL 1st Team
• 1st Team 6A All State
• 6A Defensive Player of the Year
Mac Knudsen
• EKL 1st Team
Reid Howard
• 1st Team 5A All State
• EKL 2nd Team
Aidan Veal
• 1st Team 5A All State
• EKL 2nd Team
Anthony Sobolevsky
• EKL 2nd Team
Zac Crespo
• EKL 2nd Team
James Foster
• EKL Honorable Mention
Nick Shipp
• Sunflower League 2nd Team
Sam Cashman
• Sunflower League Honorable Mention
Kyle Pellen
• EKL 2nd Team

Kansas Rush Academy 01 Boys

Braeden Beard
• Sunflower League 1st Team
• 1st Team 6A All State
John Fitzgerald
• Sunflower League 1st Team
• 1st Team 6A All State
Luke High
• Sunflower League 2nd Team
Landon Steen
• Sunflower League 2nd Team
• Honorable Mention 6A All State
Parker Esparza
• Sunflower League 2nd Team
• 2nd Team 6A All State
Aspen Gibson
• Sunflower League Honorable Mention
Andrew Lawrence
• EKL Honorable Mention

Kansas Rush 01 Boys
Matthew Ricci
• 1st Team 5A All State
• Goalkeeper of the year class 5A

Kansas Rush Academy 02 Boys
Nick Blackford
• EKL Honorable Mention
 

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