The Competitive Branch is divided into three divisions, Youth, Juniors and Seniors.
The Youth Division is for players from U11-U13. The Juniors Division is for players from U14-U15. The Seniors Division is for players from U16-U19. There is a Nike Team (first team) and a Swoosh Team (second team) in each age group.
Our Competitive Branch exists to allow all players, regardless of ability, the opportunity to take their game to the height of their potential. The Rush believes in striving for excellence and pushing players to “the next level,” thereby constantly provides players with new situations and greater challenges as they progress. Players of like-ability are teamed together, although their commitments may vary. The higher the level, the greater the commitment. Goals for top players include playing on the Nike team, ODP state teams, regional teams, national teams, college teams, professional teams, etc.
Hawaii Rush accepts any and all players interested in playing competitive soccer.
The club offers great opportunities, at various levels, in multiple community based settings.
Players interested on trying out for Hawaii Rush are welcomed to join our “Open House” training during the summer months, or our normal training year around.
Please contact your age group Director of Coaching to arrange an appointment to join the training at any time with one of our teams.
U16 - U19 Boys and Girls
Steve Whitehouse – DOC Seniors
U14 & U15 Boys
Stan Fuller – DOC Junior Boys
U14 & U15 Girls
Travis Watanabe – DOC Junior Girls
U11 - U13 Boys
Ross Higa – DOC Youth Boys
U11 - U13 Girls
Robin Nakagawa – DOC Youth Girls
U10 & Younger Boys and Girls
Marcus Chambers – DOC Developmental
You can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns on how to become a member of Hawaii Rush Soccer Club.
To speak with our club Technical Director, Arian Hoxha, please call 303-944-0330.
To speak to our Player Development Director, Sean Richardson, please call 808-292-2222.
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The Hawaii Rush Soccer Club training program has developed a curriculum that will challenge each player to succeed at the highest level. The program focuses on the four aspects each player must develop: technical, tactical, physical, and mental. The players are forced to face these considerations at every competitive opportunity, whether in training or a game.
Rush team coaches will administer the age appropriate curriculum to the players and teams. Each team coach will stamp their style of coaching within the ideas and philosophies that have been set forth by the Rush technical staff. The goal of the Club is to first and foremost develop the individual player to be a dynamic risk taker who plays the game with confidence. Coaches will train the players to be confident in their technical ability, ability to solve the problems the game presents, and to play the game with a physical and competitive commitment.
Coaches will be required to obtain the appropriate recommended USSF coaching license before being assigned to coach in an age group. Coaches will also participate in coaching clinics, workshops, and symposiums that will further advance their knowledge of the game and their ability to teach the game to youth players.
The Hawaii Rush Soccer Club coaching staff will work in cooperation with each other and the Directors of Coaching and our players to achieve the following goals:
- Technical mastery for the individual player.
- Applying technical mastery in an environment of pressure.
- Development of risk takers that are creative 1v1 artists.
- Development of goal scorers.
- Understanding and applying the concepts of zonal defending.
- Developing problem solvers.
- Understanding and applying maximum level physical commitment to every competitive situation.
- Involvement in community outreach and community service.
- Responsibility in academic endeavors and in life.
Training sessions will be based around the Hawaii Rush Soccer Club curriculum. The curriculum will focus on teaching younger players the technical aspects of soccer and enabling them to perform these skills under pressure. The older players will be focused on learning team tactical concepts and how to get results.
Rush teams that are U12 and younger will focus on the following points:
- Non-result driven performance.
- Winning at these ages is secondary to development.
- All academy teams play in a 4-4-2 formation in order to learn how to play the game.
- 4 back zonal defense. Learning from an early age how to defend zonally.
- Requiring the goalkeeper to be confident with their feet and responsible for the space behind the defense.
- Development of wide midfield players and outside backs that are attack minded.
- Teaching two forwards how to run and combine with each other in the attack.
- Development of central playmakers and schemers.
- Constant challenging from outside competition.
- Playing the highest level competition available to develop necessary playing ability.
Teams in the club that are U13 and older will focus on the following points:
- Result driven performance.
- Teaching players how to be physically committed to the game.
- Teaching players how to get results.
- Playing a system that plays to the strengths of the team.
- Structuring a system of play that will make the team most effective and play to the strengths of the individual players.
- Ability to change a system to exploit the weaknesses of an opponent.
- Understanding advanced tactical concepts.
In the training session emphasis is given to repeating the quality of soccer movements. These are corrected and repeated until they become a regular part of the player's package of skills. The coaches must be quality demonstrators. The coaches will then work on:
- Making the player's movements faster and better
- Linking movements efficiently and wisely. Coaches constantly ask the player why they use a certain move in a certain situation
- Using the weakest foot. Coaches will develop specific sessions to work on weaknesses in the player's game
- Technical exercises with high recurrences
- Games with the possibility of many choices and reflections
- Simple tactical exercises forcing the player to make a quick decision
- Realistic activities which make the player feel as if he were in a real game
Training therefore is done with this context in mind:
- Demands of the game
The Hawaii Rush Soccer Club operates under the principles that, "development of the individual player takes precedence over winning" and "This work is very important for the game of tomorrow". The better job we do in the development of quality players at the youth level, the more accomplished high school, ODP, collegiate and professional players will burst onto the scene. We feel that the development of the complete player is crucial for the advancement of soccer in the United States.
Further Food for thought from a World Champion:
Juergen Klinsmann, former German National Team striker and FIFA World Champion on the qualities of a good youth coach:
"The contents of each training session are important, as is how the coach communicates with the players, speaking in their terms. A German professor who was with the 1990 World cup squad did a study on the stresses and pressure (parents and environment) young players go through. He surmised that children would not develop as well under these conditions as they will when they have a chance to self-explore."
A good coach develops confidence in his players through the following elements in training:
- The content of each session should revolve around technique. The success of the team comes down to the abilities of the individual player.
- The players should work on both the left and right feet in "unbroken repetitions". It is important to teach about the quality of the first touch and the speed of the pass. These come under the heading of "Ball Feeling" or "Ball Mastery'.
Skill without speed is not effective. These elements are easy to develop together when the players are young - age 15 is too late.
The qualities of a good coach include:
- They must like working with kids. Some coaches only work with kids in order to get ahead. They need to be committed to the young players
- The use of their own personality
- A genuine passion for the game
- Good communication and open-mindedness
- Focusing on positive things, and using "Buzz Words". (Juergen was told that he was a bad juggler of the ball so he learned to hate juggling).
- Spending time teaching the parents about success and the pleasure of doing things in the correct manner. The coach should understand the family environment and have a picture of their player's lives and all the distractions and possible dangers those players have outside of soccer.
- Demonstration of good technique. This includes being able to show all the various options they have in different situations
When communicating with the player it is important that the coach shows these concerns:
- Safety of the training topic and facility
- Enjoyment by the player of the session
The proper progression of each player and making sure that the training element is not too easy or too hard is critical. "The good coach is like a good Chef, learning to mix the pastas and the sauces together in an effective manner in order to make a great meal". Juergen Klinsmann feels the coaches in Germany and America are stifling the player's creativity, therefore hindering their development.