Heartland Crest Logo  
April 2014

KCI Traditional Logo  
May 23-26 2014
In 2013 about 350 teams participated in the Kansas City Invitational.  The longer holiday weekend and access to both the Overland Park Soccer Complex and Heritage Soccer Park make this the Heartland spring tournament that is least likely to have to turn teams away.  The three day weekend allows for easy travel and game schedules, and is free of league conflicts.  Your team will play against diverse teams from throughout central United States.  With two weeks left until the registration deadline, over 200 teams from ten states have already signed up for this year's tournament.  The large tournament size and good seeding are sure to give your team well-matched competition. Registration closes on April 28.  

Deadline: July 28
Heartland Midwest Classic 2012 logo light version  
Deadline: September 9
Midwest All Girls Classic Logo 
Deadlines: September 29 (Girls) & October 6 (Boys)
Sponsored by Verizon



For more information contact Dave Morrow at           dave.morrow@heartlandsoccer.net or (913) 888-8768.


Mar 7-9

First weekend of League Play

Mar 14-16

League Play

Mar 22-23

League Play

Mar 29-30

League Play

Apr 4-6

League Play

Apr 5-6

Team Photo Days

Apr 11-13

Kansas City Champions Cup / League Pla

Apr 18-19

League Play

Apr 20

Easter Sunday/No Games

Apr 25-27

League Play

May 2-4

League Play

May 3-4

Team Photo Days

May 09-11

League Play

May 16-18

League Play

May 23-26

Kansas City Invitational Tournament

May 30-Jun 1

Rainout Weekend

Jul 6

Division Winner Awards Ceremony at Sporting KC Game




Structure :

A player is positioned with a ball at each corner of the center square.

Upon command players start at their own corner and move clockwise performing the following activities for 70 seconds :

Activity 1: Explosive movements specific to position (top right). Player sprints to 1st cone (10m), recovers quickly back to 2nd cone (5m), sprints to 3rd cone (3m), back to 2nd cone (3m) and sprints to end cone (5m) and jogs back.

Activity 2: Weight & accuracy of pass followed by support (bottom right). Player passes to any of the 4 cones and sprints to retrieve ball. Ideally player and ball arrive at cone at same time. Player dribbles ball back and passes to next cone. Cone distances, 15m, 5m, 20m & 10m.

Activity 3: Dribbling with ball under control. Player dribbles in and out of cones using one foot (inside and out) on way to end cone, and other foot on way back as quickly as possible. Player then dribbles ball to next cone. (10m long, 1m apart)

Activity 4: Running with the ball at speed. Player runs with the ball to end cone (20m), turns and runs back in as little amount of touches possible, then keeps the ball up to the next cone.


Progression :

Players perform activities in random order.

Coaches hints :

Are players constantly active ?

Do players pay attention to the quality of ball work whilst in an overloaded situation ?


Law 8: The start and restart of play


Definition of a kick-off


A kick-off is a way of starting or

restarting play:

* at the start of the match

* after a goal has been scored

* at the start of the second half of the match

* at the start of each period of extra time,

where applicable.

A goal may be scored directly from the





Before a kick-off at the start of the

match or extra time

* a coin is tossed and the team that wins the

toss decides which goal it will attack in the

first half of the match or extra time

* The other team takes the kick-off to start the

match or the extra time

* the team that wins the toss takes the kickoff

to start the second half of the match

* in the second half of the match or extra

time, the teams change ends and attack the

opposite goals.



* after a team scores a goal, the kick-off

is taken by the other team

* all players must be in their own half of the

field of play

* the opponents of the team taking the kickoff

are at least 9.15m (10 yds) from the

ball until it is in play

* the ball must be stationary on the center


* the referee gives a signal

* the ball is in play when it is kicked and

moves forward

* the kicker must not touch the ball again

until it has touched another player.


If the player taking the kick-off touches

the ball again before it has touched

another player:

* an indirect free kick is awarded to

the opposing team to be taken from the

position of the ball when the infringement

occurred (see Law 13 - Position of

Free Kick).

In the event of any other infringement of

the kick-off procedure:

* the kick-off is retaken.

Heartland Soccer Young Referee Program - Making a Difference

Referees are often overlooked as key to promoting the game we love, and young referees are often the most forgotten of all. Nationally the rate of referee loss before age 16 is over 75%. Turnover in first year referees is 40-50%.

We must have referees to play soccer, and very few adults are lining up for the job. The vast majority of registered officials in the US are under the age of 18, and this creates special challenges. Heartland is meeting those challenges head on with outstanding efforts to coach young referees and provide the support they need to stay in the game and become GREAT REFEREES for a lifetime.

We invite ALL YOUNG REFEREES to come out to our monthly young referee meetings, where we are using FRIENDS, FUN and GAMES to create seriously awesome referees! Look for the email flyers from Gordon, the first Sunday or Monday of every month is meeting night. No classroom lectures, we promise! Meeting dates and information located at http://heartlandsoccer.net/6menu_referees/referee.html



Thank you HEARTLAND SOCCER for funding the Referee Coaching program, and the monthly Referee Meetings for both young and adult referees. Please stop by after your next game and say THANK YOU to your young referees!


April Young Referee Meeting -


Congrats to "The Green Team" - Matthew Haight, Leena Abdelmoity, Sydney Reeder, and Drew Durham.


Congrats to these hard working referees

for being chosen by your peers as the Best of the Best!

Michael Yates (AR) - Confident, great effort, sharp signals

Ben Scheier (CR) - Good communication with crew, moving all the time, approachable, loud whistle

Connor Johnson (AR) - Always even with 2nd to last or ball, mirrors other AR, very confident signals

William Buchanan (CR) - Talks respectfully with players, good positioning, confident

Jose Betancourt (AR) - Good eye contact with CR, stayed in position, shows they care about the game

Randy Dodge (CR) - Good movement all over field, smiles, communicates with ARs

Heartland  Spring Referee Meeting Dates


                               May 5          &             June 9


Referees under 17 meet 6-7:30 pm

Referees over 17 meet 7:30-9 pm

*Parent meeting 6-6:30 pm August 19


  All meetings will be held at OP Soccer Complex field house.

Heartland Soccer Team Photo Days 

at Heritage Soccer Park


May 3-4





Healthy Living from HCA Midwest

Keep Your Family Safe - Pledge to Drive Phone Free


April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Overland Park Regional Medical Center (oprmc.com) and Menorah Medical Center (menorahmedicalcenter.com) challenge you to become a more attentive driver. Distracted driving due to cell phone use has become an epidemic in the United States and a factor in nearly 1 in 4 crashes.


Driving is a complex task that requires eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and the brain focused on the task of driving. Drivers engaged in cell phone conversations - handheld or hands-free - are cognitively distracted and can fail to see up to 50 percent of their driving environment, including stop signs, pedestrians and red lights. Don't let your family or passengers become a statistic due to cell phone distraction.

Visit the National Safety Council (nsc.org) for more information and to take the "Pledge to drive cell free."



Academy Sports and Outdoors


AYC Health and Fitness  

Baker University



Chick fil A


Citizen's Bank and Trust

Dicks Sporting Goods

Display Studios

Elephant Bar

FC Kansas City

Firehouse Subs

Fox & Hound

Futbol Eatery

Global Connections

Hasty Awards

Italian Gardens to Go 

J&K Soccer

Jimmy John's

KC Pie 

Kennel Creek Pet Resort

Levine Advertising

Mafia Mikes

Menorah Medical Center

Missouri Comets

Molle Toyota

Momo Bands

Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas

Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Pearle Vision Center


Portable Soccer Goals

Price Chopper

Pride Cleaners 

Rasmussen College

Salty Iguana

Select Photo-Graphics

Simmons First National Bank

Soccer Master

Sonic Restaurants 

Sporting KC

T-riffic T-shirts

The Egg & I 

The Storage Place

Heartland Soccer Staff

Shane Hackett:  Executive Director

Dana Parry:  League Operations/Scheduling

Richard Davies:  League Operations

Bridgette Samuelson: Team Leader/ Dir. Tournament Operations bridgette@heartlandsoccer.net 

Dave Morrow: Tournament Director/KPSL Registrar

Sue Swanson: Sponsorship/League Operations 

Steven Davies: League Operations 

Katie Falco: Development Associate/Newsletter/Media

Gordon Crape: Referee Assignor



Rainout line: 913/933-6999


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