Michigan Hamburg Rush and Travel Soccer

What is the Hamburg Rush?

The Hamburg Rush is the travel program of the Hamburg Community Soccer Club which is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The focus is to offer a high-level training for player's ages 8-18 boys and girls. The International Rush program offers several opportunities to players that are not available with other clubs. At the Rush, we strive to build not only players but also persons as soccer teaches life skills. Please visit the Michigan Rush website at www.michiganrush.com.

On June 6, 2010, the Hamburg Community Soccer Club (HCSC) announced that it had agreed to become an affiliate with the Michigan Rush . Since Rush Soccer is a nationally recognized youth soccer organization, the main objective in mind was to use the intellectual property and the consulting guidance from Rush soccer to offer our Select and Premier players and coaches the best soccer experience in Michigan as possible.

This affiliation does not change the structure of HCSC. All Hamburg Community Soccer Club players remain members of HCSC and will continue to practice and play home games in Hamburg. Our recreational program players are not part of the Hamburg Rush program, but will, from time to time, have the opportunity to benefit from organized club wide player and coach development events. All day to day operations are still handled by the HCSC volunteer Board of Directors.

The Rush affiliation does provide HCSC players the opportunity to gain recognition and be exposed to high levels of training. When the time comes for them to try out for their local high school soccer team, our athletes will be better prepared. We also believe the Rush name and core training values will give HCSC players a better opportunity to be recognized and scouted for a college scholarship. The Rush name is world renowned and we are proud to be a affiliated with such a "World Class" organization.


What is a select/premier travel team?
A travel team is one sponsored and operated by a soccer club. Each club may have teams ranging from ages 6 to 18. These teams participate in leagues and tournaments by traveling and playing other communities. Our select teams play in the Western Suburban Soccer League (WSSL) and our premier teams participate in the Michigan State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP). Premier teams are usually teams that are ages level U13 and up. Participating on a travel team is highly encouraged for those players who are considering playing soccer in high school and beyond.

What do tryouts involve?
This will differ from club to club. Typically players are asked to participate in a sort of mini-camp in which players are coached through various soccer skills, such as one-v-one, dribbling, speed drills, passing, three-v-three, four-v-four and full scrimmages.

How many days of tryouts do we have to attend?
There are two scheduled days and attendances at both are strongly recommended. Players are sometimes nervous the first day and more relaxed the second day. Attending both days provides more of an opportunity for the player to be evaluated properly.

What are evaluators and coaches looking for?
Every coach would like to have players with excellent soccer skills, great speed, intense competitive attitude and a positive learning attitude. Rarely does a player that makes a team excel in all of these categories. Younger soccer players may not have developed soccer skills but these can be taught. However at the older age brackets, soccer skills are critical for success.

How many players will a team take?
Generally a team will take as many players as they feel possess the ability to compete at a select or premier level within the limitations of accepted WSSL and MSPSP roster sizes. Additional teams may be formed where possible.

Team formats for rosters and Field Play
U8 boys and girls will play 4v4 (no GK)

U9 and U10 boys and girls can roster between 6 and 11 players and play 7v7 (including a GK)
U11 and U12 boys and girls can roster 8 to 14 players and play 9v9 (including a GK)
U13-U18 boys and girls can roster 13-18 and play 11v11 (including a GK)

How often are practices conducted?
Practices can vary from one to three per week depending on the team and their game schedule. Just before the soccer season begins, some teams practice every day, just like a training camp. If your child is trying out for a select or premier team, you should ask the coach about his/her expected practice schedule for the coming season.

What about play time?
Travel teams are very competitive and often the "everybody gets equal time" philosophy of recreational teams does not apply. During games, coaches make on the field decisions that are best for the team. However, each player will get an opportunity during regular season games.

How far can we expect to travel?
Away games are typically about a 30 minute to 1-hour drive away. Half of the scheduled games are at our home fields. Number of games played range from 7 to 9 per season.

What days are games played?
Travel games are either on Saturdays and/or Sundays with the possibility of a couple of weeknight games per session. Times vary per team.

How serious is the commitment to travel soccer?
Your commitment is substantial, but the time is not as much as parents seem to think. We ask them to be committed for the year, but understand that players may miss 1-2 games a year and a few practices as well. Once a player is selected to a travel team and accepts the offer, a contract between the player and the club will be signed. This contract is your commitment to the team from August 1 of the current year and ending the week of tryouts mid June of the following year. During this time, the U8 through the U14 age brackets will participate in two outdoor sessions, fall and spring and winter training. Ages U15 and older teams participate with their club in their high school teams' off-season. Travel teams also require their players to participate in indoor leagues, tournaments and may have skill development sessions at indoor facilities during the winter and during the fall and spring.

What are some of the costs that can be expected?
See costs Hamburg Rush Tryouts

We want to have our child play on a select team, but transportation may sometimes be a problem. What can we do?
As with most teams, support from other parents on the team is essential. Many families will help with car-pooling if necessary. Once on a select team, inform the coach and the other parents of your need of assistance on this.
Please remember that unlike recreational soccer, not everyone trying out for a select or premier team will be chosen. If your child is not selected to play on a Select/Premier team this year or chooses to not participate, please still play soccer with HCSC! Your child can choose an in-house recreational team up to U14.

If you would like any additional information, please contact Dr. Jim Clark 810-923-5552 or email jimclarkcoach@gmail.com

Cost Information for 2017-2018

All base fees include: Club related fees (league, referee, insurance, Hamburg Township, operational costs)

2010 U8 teams Base Fee $210 whole year per player

2009-2008 U9-U10 teams Base Fee: $210 whole year per player

2007-2006 U11-U12 teams Base fee: $230 whole year per player

2005-2004 U13-U14 teams Base fee: $250 whole year per player***

2003 U15 teams Base fee: $250 whole year per player***

High School girls Base Fee: $210 fall 2017 season per player***

High School Boys Base Fee: $210 spring 2018 season per player***

***If team plays MSPSP (premier) add $40 per player to the above base fee

  • Teams will be formed based on individual birth years where possible. Birth years may be combined to enhance player opportunities.

The above prices do not include costs for:

  • Uniforms - 2 kits (Approx. $80-$160)
  • Coaching Fees ($100-$150 fall, $100-$150 winter, $100-$150 spring) Half year teams are fall/winter or winter/spring coach fees
  • Tournaments
  • Winter Indoor training facility costs
  • Winter Indoor league play

Tournaments, winter indoor training and league play will be decided by the Coach and/or Director of Coaching for each team. Most teams participate in 1 or 2 winter sessions and all players are expected to participate.

Rush Soccer Club Powerpoint Presentations

Below are powerpoint presentations on the Rush Soccer Club presented by the Michigan Rush Technical Director Mark Zathey. Please take a few minutes to see what you are or can be apart of. The Rush way spans across the globe. Go Rush!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnTB59BjjnM&feature=relmfu --- Who we are
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6BQu3OCwnc&feature=relmfu --- Rush Board of Directors
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPeaQ4Yo0Dk --- Programs Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-XiMaK_di0&feature=relmfu --- Programs Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWTapmFEzA0&feature=relmfu --- Coaching Staff and Education
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BW5Axe9T0M&feature=relmfu --- Organizational Chart and Info
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D0P-l71bn8 --- Levels of Play
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9-ZK3ddX38 --- ODP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z0gbdzBlyc --- Rush and French Football Federation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--qQX3nlS9g --- Rush and US Soccer part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0yleHPU8NQ&feature=relmfu --- Rush and US Soccer Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKjw-B-1nqM&feature=relmfu --- Rush and US Soccer Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LzumFilICI --- Parent Promise List
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfwziYp43U4 --- Rush Soccer Core Values