Heartland Soccer Association




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 Over 150 teams will be competing in the Heartland Midwest Classic over Labor Day weekend.  Seventy nine girls teams and seventy four boys teams will be participating in this early season competition at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.  The teams are coming from Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.  Tournament results will appear in the next issue of the Midfielder.


We look foward to this fabulous tournament and wish all the teams the best of luck! 

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Heartland Soccer Association

has a NEW weather alert system!

Now you can choose how you want to receive the field conditions for Heartland Soccer League and Tournament play at OP, HSP and 151st & England fields.


You can get the information via:

* text alerts

* email alerts

* mobile app 

*download for free

* NEW rainout line 913-307-3684 



* Heartland website www.heartlandsoccer.net


To sign up for your Heartland rainout alert system go to: http://heartlandsoccer.net/1menu_about_us/conditions.php


*This is a NEW system. If you have previously signed up for text alerts in past seasons and wish to continue that service you will need to sign up via the new system to receive alerts.


To check Lone Elm field conditions: 913-747-2515

To check Sunflower field conditions: 785-233-7099




Team photographs can be scheduled for the weekends of September 28-29 and October 5-6 at Heritage Soccer Park.  Select Photo-Graphics is again the official team photographer for Heartland Soccer Association.  If you don't already know how good they are, you'll find their system is quick and easy - no  line, no waiting.  Scheduling is easy with their convenient on-line system.  They offer high quality custom products and affordable prices.  To schedule your team, go to www.selectphotographics.com.


In This Issue
Heartland Midwest Classic
Weather Alert System
Photo Days
Fall Calendar
2013 Expectations
Referee Meetings
Devin Blazek & Jon Freemon
HSA New Partners!
Sports Medicine
Concussion Management Program
Fall Tournaments
Midwest All Girls
Chipotle Heartland Invitational
The US Youth National Championship
Heritage Drink Program
Check us out on the web!

Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
August 17-18
League play
August 24-25
 League play
August 30-September 2
Heartland Midwest Classic Tournament
September 7-8
League play
September 14-15
League play
September 21-22
 League play
September 28-29
 League play/Team Photo Days
October 5-6
League play/Team Photo Days
October 11-13
Midwest All Girls Tournament
October 19-20
League play
October 26-27
Rainout weekend
November 1-3
Chipotle Heartland Invitational Tournament-girls
November 8-10
Chipotle Heartland Invitational Tournament- boys


Behavior of Players, Coaches and Supporters


We are very excited for the big kick off of our 2013/14 Season.  Please see below a "point of emphasis" we have this year.


As much as we hate to think about it, the fact that the league has grown drastically in the last few years, also means that we have had an increase in the incidents of poor behavior from various parties. This can lead to a drop off in our young referees returning to officiate in future seasons.


Heartland has implemented a mentoring system this fall that will help our younger referees mature into the complete officials that we all want to see. To help support this initiative we have implemented the following....


 Any coach that is ejected from a game this year is liable to sanctioning at the league and state level. They will be assessed a $25 fine by HSA and also a further $75 fine by KSYSA, these must be paid before the coach has their card returned and is eligible to coach that team again. This is in addition to any game suspensionsAlso, any coach receiving 3 ejections in one calendar year will not be eligible to coach within the HSA/KPSL premier league for the next season.


As a group we sincerely hope these sanctions do not have to be enforced, but let's all remember each of us has a responsibility to keep the game about the kids.


Referees will also be instructed to clamp down on profanity during games.  Coaches and DOC's, it is your responsibility to control your players and the use of bad language is a cautionable offence.




Heartland Soccer Association

Kansas Youth Soccer Association.

District 1



Heartland Soccer Association

2013/14 Referee Meeting Dates


August 19, September 8, October 6, November 4, December 1, January 5,

February 2, March 3, April 6, May 4 and June 9


Referees under 17 meet 6-730pm

Referees over 17 meet 730-9pm

*Parent meeting 6-630pm August 19


                                 *All meetings will be held at OP Soccer field house 

On behalf of Heartland Soccer Association, we would like to congratulate Devin Blazek. Devin, who has refereed for Heartland for 10 years, was the only referee from our area to get called up to ref the Nationals. We are so proud to have him represent the Kansas City area.  



We would like to congratulate Jon Freemon on being called as fourth official

for the Real Madrid and Inter Milan match on August 10th in St. Louis.

Heartland Soccer is proud of one of our own!

Johnson County healthcare leaders partner with region's largest youth soccer organization to build healthier communities and provide resources for parents, coaches and athletes

Overland Park, KS - When Heartland Soccer Association (HSA), the region's largest nonprofit youth soccer organization, went looking for an exclusive healthcare partner to improve the health and wellness of its 1,000 teams, 15,000 youth players, 2000 coaches and 800 referees each season it didn't have to go far. Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center, leaders in Johnson County healthcare, were a natural fit to join forces with HSA, which is headquartered in Overland Park.


The sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers and orthopedic specialists of Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Midwest Physicians-also part of HCA Midwest Health System-help keep thousands of active kids and adults healthy in Johnson County. With the expertise of a strong physician network and award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and high-quality, compassionate care, Menorah, Overland Park Regional and Midwest Physicians make the partnership with HSA a win-win for parents, coaches, athletes and the medical professionals who will attend tournaments and league play throughout the year. The hospitals and its physicians will provide information on safe play through education and other programs, including a comprehensive Concussion Management Program dedicated to improving the understanding and proper management of concussion through community education, outreach treatment, and ImPACT pre and post-injury testing.


Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System-Kansas City's largest healthcare network and private sector employer-are committed to the community's health and well-being.


"We consider our partnership with Heartland Soccer Association and its young athletes, coaches and teams a privilege and the right thing to do," says Steve Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menorah Medical Center.  "This partnership perfectly aligns with our mission of providing high-quality healthcare to the community."


Damond Boatwright, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Overland Park Medical Center, notes the education component of the partnership as a benefit to anyone who has a child playing soccer, coaches working with the athletes and the athletes themselves. "Concussion management is part of the national conversation and as a leader in concussion management we're pleased to be at the forefront in the Kansas City area of educating parents, coaches and athletes about safe play on and off the field," he says. "In addition, as part of our physician network, we have College Park Family Care Center, the largest physician practice in the Kansas City area."


"As the largest physician network in the region, we are proud to be an active part of this vibrant organization that touches so many kids and their families in the community," says Loren Meyer, MD, President of Midwest Physicians.  "We look forward to serving HSA and its family this season and in the future. It's a vital link to our relationship with the community."


"Heartland Soccer Association's partnership with Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Midwest Physicians demonstrates our commitment to providing safe, healthy and fun activities for kids and adults in the area," says Shane Hackett, Executive Director, HSA. "We are known for our level of excellence, and to work side-by-side with the leaders in healthcare on our home turf is tremendous."


About Menorah Medical Center

Menorah Medical Center is a full-service, acute-care hospital located on the corner of 119th and Nall in Overland Park. The hospital serves the community's healthcare needs by providing compassionate care and some of the most advanced treatment options available in the Kansas City area. Menorah has a medical staff with more than 600 physicians covering the spectrum of specialties and offers exceptional experiences and extraordinary medicine for adults, newborns, children and teens. The Menorah culture of excellence fuels a commitment to meet and exceed the highest medical standards and to continually search for new and better ways to care for patients. Menorah Medical Center was the first hospital in Johnson County to be dual certified as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Certified Stroke Care Center by The Joint Commission.  In addition, The Commission on Cancer accredits Midwest Cancer Care at Menorah Medical Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. The Breast Center at Menorah is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Menorah Urgent Care, located west of 69 Highway and 151st Street in Overland Park, is a physician-staffed full-service, walk-in healthcare center with a full medical team that offers on-the-spot treatment for everyday illness and injury to all ages.  For more information on Menorah Medical Center and its services, visit menorahmedicalcenter.com.  


About Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System, is a licensed 350-bed facility offering acute and outpatient medical care services, including a Regional Trauma Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Women's Center, a Level IIIB NICU, the Human Motion Institute, advanced diagnostic imaging, a Diabetes Center and many other services.   Overland Park Regional Medical Center was named one of the nation's top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations.  Overland Park Regional Medical Center has received the Get With the Guidelines Stroke-Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The Breast Center of Overland Park Regional Medical Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is administered by the American College of Surgeons.  Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. In addition, the HCA Midwest Neonatal Transport Team, serving Kansas City and outlying areas, is headquartered at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. In fall 2012 OPRMC broke ground on a historic $110 million expansion for a new patient tower, Emergency Department and Trauma Center.  For more information on Overland Park Regional Medical Center, visit oprmc.com.  


About HCA Midwest Health System

HCA Midwest Health System is the Kansas City area's largest healthcare provider, consisting of 10 hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Kansas City area. HCA Midwest Health System is also the area's largest private sector employer with more than 9,000 employees, the largest provider of charity and uncompensated care, and annually donates more than $1.2 million to local charities. Since April 2003, HCA Midwest Health System has invested more than $845 million to enhance and expand patient services and has paid more than $216 million in taxes to local communities. HCA Midwest Health System facilities serving the Kansas City area include Allen County Regional Hospital, Belton Regional Medical Center, Cass Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Research Psychiatric Center. The physicians, licensed professionals and support staff who comprise the HCA Midwest Health System team are dedicated to improving healthcare in the Greater Kansas City and outlying areas.  For more information, visit hcamidwest.com.


About Heartland Soccer Association

Heartland Soccer Association is the region's largest youth soccer league with over 1,000 teams, 15,000 players, 2,000 coaches and 800 referees. Heartland Soccer Association was formed in 1977 as the Johnson County Soccer League and has grown from an initial 600 players to its current size.  Today Heartland Soccer Association is a nonprofit and educational youth soccer association.  Although the base for Heartland Soccer is still Johnson County, it now draws teams to play in the league from throughout the metro area.  The Heartland tournaments draw teams from as many as a dozen states every year. For more information, visit heartlandsoccer.net.

Below you will find information on two of our upcoming fall tournaments. 
All tournaments will be held at the Overland Park Soccer Complex. For any information on tournaments, please visit www.heartlandsoccer.net

About the Overland Park Soccer Complex: 

All of these tournaments will be hosted at the  'state of the art' Overland Park Soccer Complex.  This nationally renowned $36 million soccer complex boasts 12 tournament-quality, synthetic turf fields complete with lighting for night play.  Amenities at this world-class complex include FREE parking,three concession buildings, super-sized monitors with continuously updated schedules and results, a skate park, and basketball and tennis courts.  Aside from the game fields, the most used areas of the complex are the multiple playgrounds for young fans.


Overflow games will be played at the Heritage Soccer Park, an 18 grass field complex in Olathe, Kansas.


Midwest All Girls Classic Logo  
October 11-13
Girls Only

All games will be played at the Overland Park Soccer Complex. Last year's tournament hosted 229 teams playing in 37 divisions- the largest ever Midwest All Girls Tournament. Teams ranged in age from U8-U19. We welcomed teams from clubs in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma to this fantastic event. Seeding of the teams ensures that everyone can compete against opponents of their own ability level.

Registration deadline: September 9, 2013

Chipotle Heartland Invitational - traditional logo - 06 27 13  
Girls- November 1-3
Boys- November 8-10

In 2012, 560 teams played in this two weekend event. A large number of the top clubs in the region took a last opportunity to compete against each other during that fall season. Our access to additional fields ensures our ability to accommodate the large number of teams looking for a competitive season finale. As with all of our tournaments, seeding will ensure that all teams can be competitive within their division. 

Registration deadlines: Girls- September 30, 2013 & Boys- October 7, 2013


HOTELS: These tournaments are 'stay to play' tournaments. A condition of acceptance requires every "out of town" team to utilize one of the sanctioned hotels and book the rooms through Global Connections Inc (GCI) using their online request system at www.GCITeamTravel.com


Global Connections has worked closely with the local hotels and has secured the best rates possible for these tournaments. Outstanding properties will be available at affordable prices. Various options will also be available to satisfy team needs and all budgetary considerations. A list of the hotels for each specific tournament can be found online. 


Contact information for GCI Travel:

Chree Smith- (913)660-7764, csmith@gcitravel.net

Katie Gray- (913)660-7767, kgray@gcitravel.net







       This is a note to all of our volunteers who came and helped us with the US Youth National event last week.  What a week it was!!!   Nine (9) days from start to finish - multiple organizations, individuals and entities all cooperating and working in tandem to create, implement and enjoy a finished product all for the good of the game and the 88 teams who came to compete!  WELL DONE!!!!


       I am not a statistician but here are some interesting "take aways" for you all as an idea of what actually occurred last week:


Over the course of a 9 day period we saw:

675 Ball Kids

75 Hydration volunteers

60 General volunteers

60 Set up and Tear down volunteers

52 Traffic volunteers

37 Kids who participated in the U19 Walk Out

346 Field Marshals and Statisticians

For a total of roughly:  300 hours worth of games (give or take)

Total Volunteer Slots: around 1300


       We simply could NOT have done this without you and the many organizations who came together to support us!  Thank you seems so very inadequate but it's the only words I have to express to you what a difference and help you were to us.


Not bad for a small state in the middle of the country.  :-)

       In 2014 we will, with the City of Overland Park,  host the Regional Presidents Cup and in 2015 the National Presidents Cup and we look forward to the opportunity to host again, in future years, the National Championships.


       Soccer is alive and well in Kansas and our hope is that we will continue to grow and advance the sport as a youth development tool!  


       Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you.  On behalf of the Kansas Youth Soccer Association and our Board of Directors - Thank you again!



Thank you!


Danita Hill, CAE

Kansas State Youth Soccer Assn.

Director of Membership & Operations


Heartland Soccer League is proud to announce that we have been chosen by McCarthy-Morse Chevrolet for the second year in a row to participate in The 2013 Chevy Youth Soccer Program. More details coming soon!




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Select Photo- Graphics

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Heartland Staff Contacts


Shane Hackett: Executive Director


Dana Parry: League Operations/Scheduling


Richard Davies: League Operations


Bridgette Samuelson: Team Leader/

Director of Tournament Operations


Dave Morrow: Tournament Director/KPSL Registrar


Sue Swanson: Sponsorship/League Operations


Steven Davies: League Operations


Katie Falco:Newsletter/ Sponsorship/ Media Relations  




Gordon Crape: Referee Assignor