About YDA

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The Youth Development Academy (YDA) is a soccer program for young players between the ages of 2 and 8 years old. The philosophy behind the program is to teach kids how to love the game while learning necessary skills to develop young soccer players. The YDA is a pathway to club soccer.  

Each season the YDA provides young players experiences they will take with them as they grow as players. Using a training environment that is designed to allow kids to develop at their own pace, it helps provides a sense of confidence for each player.

Our YDA program is hosted in two locations. Each location is slightly different in its setup but the main goals and philosophies remain the same. Please select your desired location to learn more and to register for the upcoming season! 

Locations

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Missouri Rush has two locations for players to take part in our YDA program. Families can choose the location that best suits their needs. 

The first location is in O'Fallon, MO at the Missouri Rush Sports Park located on the south side of highway 40 at the Winghaven exit. Location address is 901 Caledonia Dr. O'Fallon, MO 63368

 

The second location is located at the Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex. This park is located in Maryland Heights at 2350 Creve Coeur Mill Rd. South St. Louis, MO 63043 

 

YDA (Ages 5-8)

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The spring YDA program will consist of a 10 week program. The program will be broken down by age group.

Missouri Rush’s YDA program is a program specifically designed for young athletes. We have spent the last several years developing a curriculum and training method that is in line with the US Soccer Federation player development initiatives and available research from top child psychologists and behavior and development experts.

The focus of the YDA is the individual player. Players will learn to be more comfortable and confident with the soccer ball on their feet. They will learn ways to beat defenders 1v1 and will be introduced to small group attacking ideas and tactics. They will receive instruction on defending in 1v1 situations as well as an introduction to small group defending. All the while they will have more fun than ever. One of our mottos is if they are having fun you can’t teach them fast enough. We will allow players to express themselves. We encourage risk taking as a way to develop problem-solving. We use this program to teach players how to think for themselves. We don’t always give the answers. Sometimes we allow the players to explore the possible solutions to problems and find the one that works for you. This method is commonly called guided discovery and is widely accepted as a top teaching method.

To boil it down to a couple of points, the kids in the YDA will have fun, learn about soccer, and learn how to think and solve problems. We hope that you will join us.

Details for Upcoming Program

2015's
The 2015's will practice on Tuesdays only and will train once a week for 10 weeks. They will also play games on Fridays in the in-house Junior Development League (JDL). Game nights for the JDL will be sent out to all participants. *New players will need to purchase a uniform.  

2014's
The 2014's will practice two nights a week. Families will be able to select Mondays, Tuesdays, and/or Wednesdays as their training nights. They will also play games on Fridays in the in-house Junior Development League (JDL). Game nights for the JDL will be sent out to all participants. *New players will need to purchase a uniform.  

2013's  
The 2013's will practice two nights a week. Families will be able to select Mondays, Tuesdays, and/or Wednesdays as their training nights. The 2013's will compete in the SLYSA league and games will more than likely be on the weekends and be held in Creve Coeur/Maryland Heights. Game schedules will be communicated with teams once the league publishes the upcoming schedule. 

 
Costs per age group:
2015's - $185.00
2014's - $240.00
2013's - $330.00

Practice Schedule:
Will be announced closer to the start of the season. Practice times will likely be between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Starts the week of August 10th. 

In-house League Game Days:
Games for the in-house league (2015's and 2014's) will be played on Friday nights at the Missouri Rush Sports Park. Game schedules will be sent out to each team closer to the start of the season. 

Uniforms:

For NEW players to the YDA, they will be required to purchase a uniform. The uniform fee is $55.00 and will last throughout the YDA from year to year. Any returning player that needs to replace a uniform can do so inside the registration as well. 


We will also be holding a parent meeting prior to the start of the season. Details will be shared with the families that register. 

Program Sponsor

Program Sponsor

A Look Into the YDA

A Look Into the YDA

Helpful Topics

What are Parents Saying About the YDA?
Will My Child Be On a Team?
What if My Child Has a Conflict?
What If We Can't Commit to 2 Nights Per Week?

Program Contacts

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Brian Kelleher - YDA Director

Brian's Contact Info

Phone: 636-445-2543

Email: bkelleher@morushsoccer.com

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Alonso Saavedra - Creve Coeur YDA

Alonso's Contact Info

Phone: 636-445-2543

Email: asaavedra@morushsoccer.com

Registration Link

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