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Minnesota Rush REC Philosophy

Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA) REC soccer program is designed to teach players soccer skills, teamwork and sportsmanship in an environment where participation and fun are the focus, not competition.

The philosophy of the Recreational Soccer program is to ensure that all youth in Rochester and the surrounding communities have the opportunity to learn the game of soccer. The program provides a low-cost, safe and structured soccer experience for all area youth in grades K-9 and can serve as a starting point before moving to more competitive programs.

General Information

Through the Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA) Rec league, teams play other teams from Rochester and the nearby surrounding communities. To encourage a fun and developmental atmosphere, each child plays at least half of each game, no matter the skill level. Scores and league standings are not recorded.

In the fall Rec season, all grades play in league play.   If the number of registered 1st-6th grade players is high enough in each individual group, then teams may be formed separately for each grade and gender.  Otherwise grade levels may be combined (i.e. 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th and 5th-6th) but boys and girls teams will still be formed separately.  Kindergarten teams will be formed with only Kindergarteners.  For the 7th-9th grade players, unless we have enough registrations to form at least 4 teams of boys or 4 teams of girls, then these players may play in the 'street soccer' format where all boys will practice together, all girls will practice together and then the coaches will divide them up for their games on Saturday.  

NOTE:   The new US Soccer birth year guidelines that were implemented in the fall of 2016 do not apply to the Rec League.   All Rec League players will be placed on teams based on what grade the player is currently enrolled in when the season takes place.

Fall 2019 Recreation League
  • Season starts the week of Sept 3 and ends on October 12
  • Kindergarten teams will practice once a week and all other teams will practice twice a week.  (see practice schedule below)
  • For Rochester players, each team's practice location and time is dependent on the head coach.   When possible, we place players on teams that practice in the part of town that the family prefers (i.e. NW, NE, SE, SW) However, this is all determined by the number of coaches we have for each area.
  • All games are held on Saturdays in Rochester from September 7 thru October 12
  • Teams will play games against other teams of the same grade(s) and gender.
  • Each player must wear shoes, shin guards, socks that completely cover the shin guards, shorts or long pants and a team shirt.  
  • Soccer shoes are strongly recommended but shoes are not required to have cleats. Tennis shoes are allowed. If the shoes are not soccer shoes but they do have cleats, they must not have any sharp edges. Shoes with toe cleats are not allowed.
  • Glasses must be secured by a strap and no jewelry can be worn.

Registration Information

Fall 2019 Rec Player Registration
When registering your child for the Fall 2019 season, be sure to select the grade that they will be entering for the 2019-20 school year.

**If you are a MAYO EMPLOYEE, please do not use your MAYO email address for your contact.  MAYO has a very strict firewall and we are learning our email reminders are not going through.**

We started using a new registration platform for spring 2018 - if you did not register a player for the spring or fall 2018 seasons, then you will need to create your family account and then add your children in the new system.   If you have any questions please email Kevin at [email protected]

For Financial aid assistance please fill out the registration until you get to the check out page.  At that point just simply stop and close out the window.  Proceed to our Fin Aid page and fill out the PDF document and mail or email it in.  Once we receive it we will let you know if you have been approved or not.

Girls Rec Registration - Online registration is closed- please call the office- 280-7584 ext 2

Boys Rec Registration - Online registration is closed- please call the office- 280-7584 ext 2

Players registering after teams have been formed will be placed on a team that is most in need of players.  Friend requests will only be honored for these late registrations if all teams in that grade level have an equal number of open spots.

Fall 2019 Rec Coaching Registration
To register as a head or assistant coach - please email Paul Keller at [email protected]

Fall 2019 Rec Registration Dates & Fees

EARLY BIRD Registration (May 15, 2019 - June 16, 2019)
Grade K = $55
Grades 1-4 = $70
Grades 5-9 = $85

GENERAL Registration
 (June 17, 2019 - July 15, 2019)
Grade K = $65
Grades 1-4 = $80
Grades 5-9 = $95

Late registrations (those after July 15, 2019) will be charged at the General Registration rate. Late registrations will only be placed on teams if there is space available

NOTE: By registering for an Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA) activity, you agree to the following statement: I, the parent/guardian of the registrant, a minor, agree that the registrant and I will abide by the rules of the Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA), MYSA and USYSA, its affiliated organizations and sponsors. Recognizing the possibility of physical injury associated with soccer and in consideration for the Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA) accepting the registrant for its soccer programs and activities (the “programs”), I hereby release, discharge and/or otherwise indemnify the Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA), MYSA, USYSA, its affiliated organizations and sponsors, their employees and associated personnel, including the owners of the fields and facilities utilized for the programs, against any claim by or on behalf of the registrant as result of the registrant’s participation in the programs and/or being transported to or from the same, which transportation I hereby authorize.

Refund policy:  Once registered, players requesting to opt out of their registration prior to end of regular registration will receive a refund for fees paid at registration minus twenty dollars. Players requesting to opt out after online registration has closed will not receive a refund. The only exception to this will be for season-ending injuries that occur between the date of the player's registration and the conclusion of the first game of the current Rec season, in which case they will also receive a refund for fees paid at registration minus twenty dollars after providing Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA) with a doctor's note.

Team Practice Schedules

Fall 2019 Rec Practice Schedule - Rochester teams 
Times are determined by the coach, but practices generally start at either 5:30, 6:00 or 6:30 pm.   

Gender and Grade      Practice Days
Kindergarten Girls         Tuesday
1st Grade Girls              Tuesday / Thursday
2nd Grade Girls             Tuesday / Thursday
3rd Grade Girls              Tuesday / Thursday
4th Grade Girls              Tuesday / Thursday
5th Grade Girls              Tuesday / Thursday
6th Grade Girls              Tuesday / Thursday
7th - 9th Grade Girls      Practice nights determined by the coaches

Kindergarten Boys         Tuesday
1st Grade Boys              Monday / Wednesday
2nd Grade Boys             Monday / Wednesday
3rd Grade Boys              Monday / Wednesday
4th Grade Boys              Monday / Wednesday
5th Grade Boys              Monday / Wednesday
6th Grade Boys              Monday / Wednesday
7th - 9th Grade Boys      Practice nights determined by the coaches

Fall 2019 Rec Practice Schedule - Outlying communities
Practice nights for teams in Byron, DE, KM, PEM, PIZM and St Charles may vary. Contact your local coordinator (see the Rec Contacts page) for more information.

Rochester Team Formation
Team formation for players that live in Rochester is done as follows:
  • Enough volunteer coaches must be found for each team for each grade level and gender
  • When possible, players are then assigned to teams based on their preferred quadrant of town
    • This is dependent on the ratio of the number of players to coaches in each quadrant of town.
    • When the ratio of players to coaches does not work out perfectly, then some players will be assigned to teams that practice in another quadrant of town
    • Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA) does not form school or neighborhood teams
  • As part of a player's registration, parents can request to have 1 friend placed on the same team as their child. Only 1 friend request will be allowed and both families involved must request each other in order to be sure that this request will be honored
    • Coaches that request to coach together will count toward the family's 'friend request' as their children are then placed on the same team
    • No other special requests for players to be placed on the same team with other players or coaches will be honored
    • Players registering after teams have been formed will be placed on a team that is most in need of players.  Friend requests will only be honored for these late registrations if all teams in that grade level have an equal number of open spots

Important Documents

Fall 2019 Rec Rules, Schedules, etc 

Rec Coaching Information

US Soccer Digital Coaching Center Link


Required Coaching Items!

Background Check
Minnesota State Law and MYSA Policy require that all adult participants have an approved background check before they participate in any MYSA activity.  All Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA) coaches are required to complete a background check prior to coaching a team.  Merely submitting a background check is not sufficient to meet the requirement to participate, the background check must be approved before any activity starts.

The period for completing a background check for 2019 opened on November 1, 2018. Background check completed on or after November 1, 2018 will expire on December 31, 2019.

To complete the background check, click this link,http://minnesotayouthsoccer-bgc.sportsaffinity.com, and then follow the steps.

After you submit your background check you will receive an email acknowledging your submission of it.  This email will also contain the links and access code to complete the Safe Point and Concussion training courses.

Concussion Training
Minnesota State Law and MYSA Policy require that all adult participants complete the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HEADS UP Concussion Training every three years.   All coaches must print out the certificate upon completion of the course and turn it in to Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA) prior to coaching a team.

Follow this link to view the course: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html

SafeSport Training  (New for 2019) 
Federal Law and MYSA Policy now require that all adult participants complete SafeSport Training every two years.  The training is being offered free of charge through U.S. Soccer’s onboarding link and access code.  All Minnesota Rush (formerly RYSA) coaches are required to complete this course before coaching a team.

After you submit your background check, you will receive an automated reply from the registration platform that includes the links to the Concussion Training and SafeSport Training with an access code.

The link to the course is here: http://safesport.org/authentication/register?token=ee57337f-31f9-421d-b095-82fc8c8c4c41

Weather Notifications

In case of inclement weather we will announce cancellations through our Facebook page.  Please "like us" on Facebook to receive club updates.
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Minnesota Rush
380 Woodlake Dr SE 
Rochester, Minnesota 55904

Phone : 507-280-7584


Office Hours

By Appointment


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