Junior Academy (7-11 Years)
 
The Washington Rush Junior Academy is designed for boys and girls ages 7 to 11 (birth years 2011-2015) who are ready to experience soccer in our highly popular Spring development program. Junior Academy is a place for players who are new to organized soccer, as well as the player who is ready to take the next step into a more competitive, yet fun environment. This program is for players who are not currently participating on a Washington Rush team. Players participate in three training sessions and four games (4v4 or 7v7).

Program Details

Spring 2022 Session

Dates: Mondays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, April 4, 11 and 18
Times: BOYS – 4:40-5:40 pm; GIRLS 5:50-6:50 pm
Location: Kasch Park – 8811 Airport Way, Everett WA 98204 MAP
Ages: 7 to 11 years (birth years 2011-2015)
Staffing: Junior Academy sessions will be led by Washington Rush coaches. Space is limited for ideal coach to player ratio.
Cost: $120 (plus processing fee)

Players are given a Junior Academy shirt at no cost when they join our program.

REGISTER

Refer-a-Friend Program!

Soccer is more fun with a friend! If you are currently registered to our 2022 Junior Academy, refer a friend who has not participated in a Rush program before. If they sign up for 2022 Junior Academy, you will receive a $20 credit!

note: Maximum of six referrals per player. Both players must be registered to the 2022 Junior Academy. Referral must be made to a player whose family has not previously participated in Washington Rush programs, including, but not limited to Washington Rush Premier, Washington Rush Select, Mighty Mites, Junior Academy and Friday Night Finishing. Credits will be paid out in the form of checks to the address provided upon registration no later than March 31, 2022.


Junior Academy FAQ

There are no tryouts – all players are placed on a Rush Junior Academy team. We do take into consideration age and individual skill level. Initial teams will be formed prior to our first session and we will make adjustments after the first training session if needed.

Yes! We encourage teams playing in the North County and US Club spring leagues to sign up.

Yes. Due to the age and desire to have a proper player to coach ratio, we limit the number of accepted players. This program fills up quickly, so be sure to register early! If the session you would like to sign up for is full, please make sure to sign up on our waitlist and we will contact you if space becomes available.

All players will receive a Rush Junior Academy shirt to be worn to training and games. Players are responsible for providing their own shorts, socks and shin guards and soccer cleats. Players should bring a size four ball and water bottle to trainings.

Confirmation emails will be sent once you are registered to the Junior Academy. A more detailed email will be sent out in the week prior to the program start date.

YES! Kasch Park weather can be very unpredictable - please make sure that your player dresses appropriately. As the weather conditions vary throughout the year, know that it is fine for players to wear sweatshirts and coats over their Junior Academy jersey.


Please contact Sarah Armstrong for any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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DA Philosophy

Philosophy

“The Rush Way to Play is based upon movement and activity by both player and ball. Possession-oriented does not fully describe how we play; attack-oriented does. Whether in possession or in defense, we are attacking. Rush Players play with freedom, yet understand the importance of responsibility and the balance between the two. Rush teams are flexible and adapt to varying circumstances. The Rush Way to Play represents both passion and purpose”.

•     Players are to be comfortable with a possession-based passing game, where the team will look to try and play out from the back in a coordinated and controlled manner and is developed through the thirds in order to produce goal-scoring opportunities when possible

•     Players will look to recognize opportunities to play forward and execute counter-attacking opportunities where possible but not at the expense of losing possession

•     Players will, upon losing possession, look to immediately regain possession by defending from the front as a preferred option, or to drop and establish a compact defensive shape when unable to do so

•     Above all, our teams are expected to display a competitive and winning mentality – winning games is of importance; however, this is not at the expense of the playing philosophy

The U12 age group will predominantly focus on technical development incorporating decision-making and consideration for basic principles of play. They will play predominantly in a flexible 4-2-2 formation with players encouraged to rotate positions. The U13 & U14 age groups will focus more toward tactical understanding and technical refinement. Players will still be required to have an understanding of a range of positions but as they progress through this phase should begin to develop a primary position within the team. 11v11 games will adopt a flexible 4-3-3 formation. The key aspect regarding formations is that they are a guide. The style of play is dictated by the playing philosophy and takes precedence overall.

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DA Vision
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DA Facilities
Kasch Park

Cavelero Middle High School

Archbishop Murphy High School

Mill Creek Sports Park

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DA Academy Graduates to Sounders FC
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DA Uniforms
As part of our agreement with Adidas, Washington Rush provides all uniform items for Development Academy players. Items included in this agreement are Home and Away Jerseys, Shorts and Socks, Warm-Up Jacket and Pants, Cleats and Runners.