Category Archives: YOUTH SPORTS

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.

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.