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NJ Rush & SJEB Extend SJEB Rush Merger To Include U13 & U14 Age Groups

South Jersey - Feb 20th, 2017

NJ Rush Soccer Club and the South Jersey Elite Barons will extend their merger to include the rising U13 & U14 boys and girls age groups as SJEB Rush teams for the 2017-2018 season. Both clubs support the implementation of US Soccer's Player Development Initiatives, and believe that combining the age groups will most benefit players when transitioning from 9v9 at U11/U12 to full-sided 11v11 at U13.

In the fall of 2016, NJ Rush and the South Jersey Elite Barons merged and played their first season at the U15-U19 age groups. Those age groups, operating as the SJEB Rush have had immediate success regionally and nationally in college showcase events. Every Academy team, as well as many of the Premier teams, ranked #1 in the state of New Jersey. The ’01 and ’02 Girls Academy teams are ranked in the Top 5 Nationally and ’00 Girls Academy in the Top 12 Nationally.

NJ Rush and SJEB players from the ’04 and ’05 birth years from both organizations will now participate under the merged organization SJEB Rush. SJEB Rush will now include the age groups from U13 (’04) through U19 (’99) for the 2017-18 seasonal year. Teams will be selected in April, 2017 through open tryouts.

The rising U12 & younger (2006-2011) age groups will be unaffected and will remain as either South Jersey Elite Barons or NJ Rush South. NJ Rush Central teams based in Hamilton Township, NJ will also be unaffected by the merger.

By combining forces, SJEB Rush teams will bring South Jersey’s top players together to compete at an elite level on the national stage. SJEB Rush will offer multiple high level teams at each age group, allowing for custom placement for all serious players looking to showcase their talents to college coaches. "Because teams are transitioning from 9 vs 9 to 11 vs 11 at age U13, the timing is ideal,” said Don D'Ambra, SJEB/SJEB Rush Executive Director. "It also gives teams more time to bond and build chemistry and to establish themselves before they enter the showcase years."

“The success of our merger at the U15 through U19 showcase age groups, led us to expand the SJEB Rush to encompass all of the 11 vs 11 teams. We are merging them earlier to allow the younger players to develop as SJEB Rush teams so that they're best prepared to excel in their showcase years,” added Sandeep Mehtani, NJ Rush/SJEB Rush, Executive Director,

For more information, visit the SJEB Rush website at  Tryout information with be posted on the website soon.

NJ Rush Soccer Club and South Jersey Elite Barons Announce Merger


Merger Announcement 

Date:  Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Merger Announcement:

South Jersey, NJ – New Jersey Rush and South Jersey Elite Barons (SJEB) announced today a partnership agreement that will see the showcase age groups (U15-U19) of the two largest academy clubs in South Jersey merge to form a super club expected to compete on the national stage.  The combined college showcase

 age groups will operate as SJEB Rush. The two organizations will immediately begin to transition activities by combining the rising birth year 2002 - 1998 teams, with unified service delivery beginning this April for tryouts of the 2016-17 seasonal year. The U14 & younger age groups will remain untouched for this upcoming year and stay as the South Jersey Elite Barons and NJ Rush separately.  NJ Rush teams out of Hamilton Township, NJ will also be unaffected by the merger.

By combining forces, SJEB Rush will provide the highest level of competitive soccer for South Jersey players in their college showcase years on both the Boy’s and Girl’s sides.  In addition to providing opportunities for players at the highest levels to compete on the national stage, SJEB Rush will offer multiple high level teams at each age group, allowing for a custom fit for all serious players looking to showcase their talents for college coaches.

Benefits of Merger:

*  Competition - The overall quality and depth of teams will dramatically improve, allowing teams to become stronger and more competitive on the national level.  The increased number of talented players combined with top level coaching and professional training environments will prepare them for the next level.

*  Professional Coaching Staff - Staff coaches are highly credentialed and experienced with high level coaching licenses/degrees and college and/or professional playing experience.  There are also college head and assistant coaches on staff to help mentor members through the college search & recruitment process. 

*  Facilities – SJEB Rush will serve a larger geographic area which will increase accessibility to training centers and service a broader group of quality players.  The club will now occupy several of the best facilities in South Jersey including:  Tuckahoe Turf Farm; Total Turf Experience; Camden Catholic High School; Rowan University; Gloucester Township Community Park & other facilities to be announced.

*  Enhanced Resources - By combining our resources administratively, structurally & developmentally, we will become more efficient, providing more opportunities for our players and staff.

*  Opportunity - Separately, SJEB and NJ Rush were among the top clubs on the East Coast.  By combining our teams, coaches and resources, we will be able to better provide for our players through College Recruitment, Talent Identification Programs and Club support for our families.

“This is truly a win-win opportunity for all sides.  By combining our player pools and talented coaching staffs, the club is better prepared to become a force on the national level,” said Don D'Ambra, SJEB Executive Director. “Currently, many of the top players in our area are traveling an hour or two to other academies outside of South Jersey.  Our goal is to provide an opportunity for local kids to compete at the highest level of competition right in their back yards.  Our clubs have been competing against each other for years, and with U.S. Soccer's new age mandates, this is the perfect time for us to become stronger together and provide more opportunity for our players."

“This is a major milestone for youth soccer in South Jersey, collaborations of this magnitude don’t happen very often and there is no doubt that the winners here are the players in South Jersey and the surrounding areas,” said Sandeep Mehtani, NJ Rush Executive Director.  “What really makes this a special opportunity for our players is the strength of our combined coaching staff.  Individually both clubs have some of the best coaches in New Jersey, but the combined staff may be the highest profile staff of any club on the East Coast. Our combined staff will have multiple A-licensed coaches, multiple college head coaches and assistant coaches and multiple ex-professional players.  The experience is going to provide unparalleled training and opportunity for our players.”

For more information or to register for 2016-17 tryouts, visit our website at


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