Category Archives: YOUTH SPORTS

Youth referees for Sporting Lee’s Summit will become strong citizens

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.

Youngsters earn their soccer stripes at Sporting Lee’s Summit

Sporting LS Stripes

AUGUST 2016An 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.

KC Ice Center offers many ways for players to grow hockey skills

KC Ice Center Camps

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.

Gateway Village: A Recreation Evolution

Gateway Village

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.

March Skating Madness at the KC Ice Center

KC Ice Center Spring

MARCH 2016 – For those who don’t want to spend hours on end watching college basketball in March, the KC Ice Center has some good options for getting away from the television and getting the rush of cool air in your face.

“When March comes around, the team events and the other things that are part of the structure of the KC Ice Center slows down,” says Dean Nelson, general manager of the KCIC. “What we like to do in March is throw in extra stick times for kids, and extra public skates, for freestyle or open ice.

Volunteers, parents drive Sporting Lee’s Summit success

Sporting LS Volunteers

MARCH 2016 – For an organization to be successful, it must have dedicated people. Sporting Lee’s Summit, which can trace its success back to its foundational days and the leadership of early volunteers.

HappyFeet makes happy soccer kids in Kansas City

HappyFeet

MARCH 2016 – Children often begin playing soccer at a very early age, and organizations like HappyFeet are instrumental in teaching the sport to preschoolers.

HappyFeet and Mini-Kickers began offering soccer programs to 3 to 5-year olds in 1988 in the Kansas City area.

Sporting Lee’s Summit players experience European soccer

Sporting Lee's Summit in Madrid

JANUARY 2016 – Among the important keys in developing young professional athletes is an opportunity to see how the world’s best and brightest play their craft, which also holds true of young soccer prodigies. A handful of Sporting Lee’s Summit players had a unique opportunity to witness world-class soccer up close and personal when they traveled to Madrid, Spain, visiting storied Real Madrid Academy, one of the world’s oldest and most acclaimed clubs.

The trip is part of SLS’ push to increase international exposure for our players. This initiative began in 2012 with the emergence of both British and Brazilian youth soccer camps hosted at Legacy Park.

Sporting KC Academy lifts U15 trophy

Sporting-Academy

NOVEMBER 2015 – The future of soccer in America is bright, and nowhere in America is it brighter than in Kansas City.

The growth of youth soccer in the area is shown in the rise of youth organizations like Heartland Soccer – the largest youth soccer organization in the United States – and the opening of world-class facilities such as Swope Soccer Village.

One highlight of this growth came this summer when Sporting KC Academy won the U15 championship

Sporting Lee’s Summit moves forward into 2016

Sporting-LS

NOVEMBER 2015 – One of the oldest and largest soccer clubs in the state, Sporting Lee’s Summit is
an all-inclusive, year-round program for kids from 3 to 63.

Founded as the Lee’s Summit Soccer Association in 1992 with 55 teams and about 600 players, the club has grown to include 4,300 players in their recreational division and another 2,100 players in their spring and fall competitive division.

The club was the 14th program to join Sporting KC, becoming Sporting Lees Summit (Sporting LS) in January.

The club also hosts a wide variety of training camps, participates in Sporting KC Academy and includes a well-regarded special-needs program.

“We do a lot of fun things here,” said Sporting LS president Ron Cox. “It starts at age three and it goes all the way through to adult.