Category Archives: YOUTH SPORTS

The Heartland Soccer brand builds the youth soccer community in KC

When people hear the names of some of the most popular brands, they have an intuitive idea of exactly what those brands represent. They don’t have to be told that Nike sells shoes, or Starbucks coffee. In the Kansas City area, the same can be said of the Heartland Soccer Association and youth soccer.

The two have become virtually synonymous in the region, with more than 30,000 girls and boys ranging in age from 8 to 19 in recreational and premier soccer playing league and tournament games.

Kansas City’s Heartland Soccer Association celebrates 40 years

The country’s largest youth soccer organization wasn’t built overnight. Heartland Soccer Association – home to more than 30,000 recreational and competitive soccer players through its leagues and tournaments – traces its roots to 1977 with the formation of the Johnson County Soccer League.

Chloe’s Corner Tennis Report: Q&A with Elliott McDermed of OP Raquet Club

Elliott McDermed and Eric Rand are the owners of Overland Park Racquet Club in Overland Park, KS. They have owned OPRC for three years.

It is the largest tennis facility in Kansas City with 24 courts- 14 indoor and 10 outdoor. Four new clay courts were also installed in April. Additionally, there is a full-service restaurant and pro shop.

OPRC was recently voted one of the top 50 tennis facilities in the United States by Tennis Magazine.

Chloe Norris sat down with Elliot McDermed for a one-on-one interview for Kansas City Sports and Fitness Magazine.

KC Jets will form a third hockey team, creating a new option for U16 players

Youth hockey is in full swing at the Kansas City Ice Center. The KC Stars, KC Jets and travel teams are all forming for the upcoming season.

If you’re hoping to hang out with him this month with Dean Nelson, you will have to get to the Kansas City Ice Center. Nelson, the general manager at the KCIC, will be spending most of his time there.

Hockey Update – KC Youth Hockey Association to add girls leagues in the fall

girls youth hockey

The future of girls youth hockey has arrived in Kansas City. For years in this area, when youth hockey was the subject, the gender generally was male. But with nearly 100 of the roughly 1,000 kids involved in the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association being female, the association likely will be adding girls-only leagues in the fall.

Chloe’s Corner Tennis Report: Interview with top-ranked Brooklyn Olson

Brooklyn Olson

Brooklyn Olson, an 11-year-old girl, ranked very highly in MO Valley girls’ 12’s and 14’s. She also has a national ranking in the girls’ 12’s.

Brooklyn has been to many national tournaments, Sweet 16’s, Futures/Supers, and has won quite a few of them. She has been playing tennis for more than half her life and currently trains at Marchetti Tennis Academy, which just recently moved to Clayview Country Club.

Here is an exclusive Kansas City Sports & Fitness Magazine Chloe’s Corner interview with Brooklyn:

Chloe: How long have you been playing tennis?
Brooklyn: I started playing when I was five. We played with special red balls that are bigger and move slower than a yellow tennis ball. The courts we played on were half the size of a regular court.

Gateway Village brings one-of-a-kind adventure to families

Gateway Village Greg Cotton

The youth sports marketing revolution continues at Gateway Sports Village in Grandview. With technology and innovative ideas learned with Sporting Kansas City, the developers of Gateway Village will deliver a one-of-a-kind adventure for its customers.

KC Ice Center introduces Xtreme Hockey program to develop skills in young players

xtreme hockey at KCIC

APRIL 2017 – Xtreme Hockey is practice gone wild.

There is a theory that 75 percent of hockey comes down to one-on-one battles. The other hockey elements — skating, stick-handling, passing and shooting—are important, but none of those matter if you do not win the individual battle for the puck.

That’s the premise that has spawned a new Spring program at the Kansas City Ice Center called “Spring Xtreme Hockey.” It is an 11-week program that will work on the individual skills of players from the U-8 through the U-14 levels.

Cooperative competition brings success for Heartland Soccer Association

Heartland Soccer

April 2017 – How Kansas City became America’s youth soccer capital is rooted in a unique idea by the Heartland Soccer Association which was born of both competition and cooperation.

The competition component is obvious: it is seen on the field by every kid who plays the game and by every coach.

What makes Kansas City’s youth soccer experience unusual is the cooperation between clubs which has allowed local soccer clubs, led by Heartland Soccer Association, to build world class facilities and operate some of the largest tournaments and leagues in the country.

Sports Performance Tip: Train smarter for long-term goals

sports performance

April 2017 – Sports performance training has become widely popular to take an athlete’s skill to the next level.

There is a lot to consider when deciding the best place to enhance your game, but you may not have considered the most important factor: finding a sports performance program that will create long-term success.