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SEPTEMBER 2016 – Without a team of referees, the game wouldn’t exist.
While they score no goals and make no saves, they are essential to the success of every soccer player on the field.
At Sporting Lee’s Summit, the team of referees which take the field in every match make youth soccer enjoyable for their kids.
“I truly believe the generation of young people will change the world,” said Sporting LS referee assignor Art Shinabarger.
His belief is reflected throughout SLS’s administration, where the referee program is the single largest employer of teenagers in Lee’s Summit.
AUGUST 2016 – An important part of developing a successful youth soccer program is helping the youngest players start out on the right foot. Sporting Kansas City began their fledgling program – Sporting Stripes – last fall, first with a pilot program in Roeland Park, then moving to The Soccer Lot in the Crossroads.
Sporting Lee’s Summit’s affiliation with Sporting KC created an opportunity to merge their popular Lee’s Summit Juniors program with the Sporting KC Stripes.
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MAY 2016 – Perhaps you have heard the For King and Country song, “It’s Not Over Yet.” While the Australian brothers, John and Luke Smallbone, did not write the song about the Kansas City Royals, it should be added to the Kauffman Stadium playlist and become a staple when the Royals are behind after six innings.
They upbeat inspirational lyrics would send the crowd into a frenzy.
MAY 2016 – Never has there been so much excitement over nothing, especially in the midst of the biggest non-event in all of sports. The Chiefs traded out of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, dropping nine spots to add two extra picks. The excitement of the first round, complete with a draft party at the Chiefs practice facility, was all about nothing happening. The Chiefs did not select a pick until the second round on the second night, the 37th overall selection.
And the crowds went crazy!
APRIL 2016 – Most of the Kansas City Royals who were in the November World Series championship parade will be in the lineup in April.
Alcides Escobar, although the numbers belie it – 26 walks, 612 at-bats, a .293 on-base percentage – will return to bat leadoff. Mike Moustakas, not a conventional No. 2 hitter, will bat second.
“I’m definitely seeing the ball good,” Moustakas said after a five-RBI game at the end of March.
APRIL 2016 – Nostradamus I may not be. I’ll admit that. When it comes to predicting what may happen after 162 games of the Major League Baseball season, nobody is perfect. Looking back at the past few years I’ve missed the KC Royals victory total by either one or more than eight.
When forecasting who will have an up year or a down year, it’s about sixty percent.
APRIL 2016 – Five years ago, Dean Nelson took a couple of KC Ice Center teams to the International Cup in Blaine, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. The International Cup is a group of age-specific tournaments played at an eight-rink facility, with some top teams from all around the Midwest.
Nelson’s teams got smoked.
Last year, Nelson again took two teams to the International Cup. One team reached their age-group final. The other one went 1-1-2. That just shows how far hockey has come in Kansas City in the past five years, mostly under Nelson’s leadership.
APRIL 2016 – Gateway Village, the soccer-centric Grandview development project, will clearly change the lives of young soccer players and their families, while also providing a wide range of recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors.
APRIL 2016 – Believe it or not, strategy at 1 Arrowhead Drive is not a matter of national security, contrary to the way and speed in which information is leaked by the Kansas City Chiefs. The team hides behind the veil of not wanting to give away the recipe to the “secret sauce” to the opposition.
Sometimes you have to think they just like keeping secrets.