Tech Training Booklet



Tech Training Booklet

The Washington Rush Technical Training Booklet serves to guide and encourage you to practice on your own. It is a way for you to track your progress, and keep you accountable to the amount of time you are working outside of training to improve as a player.


How does it work?

Every time you spend 6 minutes working on an exercise, check and date the box. Once you have completed 10 boxes (1 hour on a specific exercise) and have mastered the exercise, demonstrate the skill to one of Rush’s Director’s of Coaching and they will initial the box.   Always practice with both feet! When you are resting, juggle a ball.


Ways to challenge yourself:

  • Increase speed at which you do it. Set goals!
  • Time yourself: How many “shuffles” can you do in a minute?
  • If you have “mastered” a section or exercise, go back and review and practice it regularly.
  • Be creative! Create your own moves or combinations.


Lost or Stolen Booklet:

If you have lost or misplaced your booklet. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will send you a digital copy to print.



Go to the "Ball Mastery Videos" page of this website: BALL MASTERY VIDEOS

Watch the video that corresponds with the exercise you are working on. If you are ever in question about an exercise, ask your coach to help you out.


Additional Info Contact:

Coaching Director: Kevin Sakuda

DA Events
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DA 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.

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.