Category Archives: SOCCER

Coaching or managing a team isn’t for everyone


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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.