Kansas Rush Soccer Club

Annoucement & News

Subject:  Daouda Kante named the NSCAA 2015 National Coach of the Year for Boy's Youth Soccer
Date:  December 11, 2015

It is with great pleasure to announce today the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has named Daouda Kante, Kansas Rush Technical Director, as the recipient of the 2015 National Coach of the Year for Boy's Youth Soccer.  The award will be presented at the NSCAA Awards Banquet, Friday, January 15, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baltimore Convention Center.  The event will be held in conjunction with the 69th annual NSCAA Convention, January 13-17 in Baltimore, MD.
Congratulations to Daouda Kante for a well-deserved recognition of his efforts with his teams and in particular taking the Boys U18 team to the US Youth National Championships.

To:  Kansas Rush Members
Subject:  US Soccer Federation’s Player Initiatives Mandated for Fall 2016
Date:  November 13, 2015


Many of you may have seen the August 24th announcements released by both US Soccer and US Youth Soccer concerning mandates for the small-sided game and changing the age groups from the current 8/1–7/31 dates to the calendar year passed by the US Soccer Board of Directors.  Kansas Youth Soccer sent out their release and plan yesterday, November 11 to provide some clarity regarding the future.

US Soccer is the governing body for the sport of soccer in the United States.  The mandates apply to national youth soccer organizations which are members of US Soccer, to include US Youth Soccer, US Club Soccer and AYSO, to name the more familiar organizations.  Kansas Rush is a member of the Kansas State Youth Soccer Association, which is a member of US Youth Soccer whick is a member of US Soccer.  Kansas Rush did not follow with a press release sooner to our membership due to some ambiguity in the US Soccer, US Youth Soccer press release concerning the adoption of the calendar year mandate in 2016-2017.  

The US Youth Soccer board voted to implement the Birth year registration starting in the Fall of the 2016-2017 seasonal year.  All clubs and leagues in our area are required to make the change.  The remaining US Soccer mandates will be enacted in 2017-2018. 

In 1991 the country went from Birth year to the club 8/1-7/31 age groups.  It has now come full circle back to the Birth year.  This is not a decision over which we have control, it was decided by US Soccer and it is the rule for all of youth soccer in the United States. 

Kansas Rush is going to put the needs of the players first and each individual situation will be evaluated for all within the framework of these changes.  Implementing change is a process and the club will be continually evaluating the process through this year and the next. 

The Birth year registration will not apply to Recreational soccer.  Rush Recreational teams and league will continue to offer registration based on school grade/age to form teams.

Kansas Rush Soccer Club – Frequently Asked Questions for Competitive Players

  • Why did US Soccer decide to switch to Birth (calendar) Year?  Besides being in line with the other 208 countries around the world, the change will also provide more consistency across the country among all the member youth soccer organizations.  It also allows parents to have a better understanding of exactly what they should expect from a soccer program for their children.
  • How do I know which team my child will participate in?  Players born between January 1 and December 31 of any given year will all play on the same team, unless a player is “playing up” in an older age group. 
  • How do I know what age group my child will participate in?  Birth year registration is based on the year the season ends.  For example, for the 2016-17 seasonal year, players would register based on their age in the year 2017.  To determine the age group, subtract the birth year from the year the season ends.  A player born in 2003 will be a U14 player for the 2016-17 soccer year (2017 – 2003 = 14).
  • Can my player “play up”?  We will follow the new initiatives and have players tryout with their Birth year age group.  Players will only “play up” upon the coach’s recommendation based on ability to meet the player’s developmental growth.
  • How will my child’s team be affected?  These changes can and will impact existing teams in the short-term.  However, players joining and leaving teams is something that already happens regularly throughout the country from season-to-season.  There are a variety of factors that require teams to evolve and adapt and Birth year registration supports the development of the individual player as a priority over a team’s success.
  • What happens to the players on teams who are not in high school the first year?  Teams in the 2016-17 with the Birth year of 2002 will have some players participating at their respective high school soccer programs.  The younger players in the Birth year will still be middle schoolers and they will play on their respective Club programs.  Heartland Soccer Association has for many years provided a Division within their league to provide the opportunities for players in this situation.  They will do so again for the next seasonal year.  Kansas Rush will form teams to compete in this High School ‘Division’ with the Rush players not participating at the high school soccer programs.  Kansas Rush will provide every opportunity for our players to continue their participation in an organized soccer environment that also meets their individual developmental needs.


Kansas Rush Soccer Club
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Olathe, Kansas 66062

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