Category Archives: YOUTH SPORTS

Coaching or managing a team isn’t for everyone

Coaching

From age seven to 37, I played baseball under the guidance of dozens of coaches and managers.  From age 7 to 22, I played as an amateur, and then, after I signed my first pro contract with the Washington Senators in 1971, I played 16 years as a professional, including under Royals Hall of Fame manager Dick Howser. I would like to offer some personal views on the subject of coaching and/or managing.

The dangers for one sport athletes

one-sport-athletes

In today’s world of ultra-competitive children’s athletics, there is more and more pressure on parents and kids to begin specializing in one sport at a very young age.  While it may seem like choosing one sport and sticking with it will give an athlete an advantage, we are finding out more and more specialization does not necessarily lead to better performance.

In addition, it also puts these young athletes at much higher risk of injury. 

Heartland Soccer Association Awards Gala set for February

Heartland Soccer Association will cap off another successful year with an awards banquet on February 3 at the Museum at Prairie Fire.

The Second Annual Awards Gala will start at 7 p.m. with more than 300 people expected to attend.

Last year’s banquet was a rousing success and tickets are expected to sell quickly for this year’s event.

“People were really honored (last year),” said Heartland Soccer Special Events Manager Wendy Reyes. “Everybody was excited to get together outside of soccer games. We expected 70 people and we ended up selling out.”

Building leadership skills is important part of youth soccer and Heartland Soccer Association

Youth sports are often viewed as a way to keep kids healthy and active, and to have fun with peers. They are also essential to the development of important social skills such as cooperation, teamwork and discipline. Another important life skill which can be learned while playing youth sports is leadership. Soccer provides many chances for kids to learn leadership roles.

“There’s so many opportunities,” said executive director of Heartland Soccer Association Shane Hackett.

The quality house hockey programs at KC Ice Center change travel teams

The numbers were down this fall for the first time in many years for players trying out for the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association travel teams.

While that may sound bad, it’s not. The decrease reflects the success of the house program at the Kansas City Ice Center that has been so dramatic.

“Our house numbers are way up, because so many kids stayed with the house program,” said Dean Nelson, general manager of the KCIC. “Our hockey numbers are up, and that is reflected in the number of kids in the house leagues.

Heartland Soccer brings families together with fashion show October 29

Get ready to rock the runway with Heartland Soccer Association’s fashion show.

A pair of shows on Sunday, October 29, at the Ritz Charles event space in Overland Park will feature local soccer folks strutting their stuff in fashions from some of the area’s best retailers.

The event is designed to bring together people from the Kansas City soccer community in a non-traditional, off-the-field gathering.

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.