The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
August 2016
Heartland Soccer Association
9161 W 133rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: 913.888.8768

Heartland Soccer Association is recognized as one
of the largest soccer leagues and tournament hosts in the country. We offer recreational to premier divisions, ages U8 through U19.
Fall 2016 League Schedule !
click on logo for schedule
ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing

Open to all Heartland Soccer participants
for more information click here.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center
2016 Heartland Numbers

league teams this fall
league teams last spring
league players in 2015
tournament teams this year
tournament players this year
Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)

Border Battle
KC Champions Cup 410
Mothers Day Classic 407
KC Invitational
Fall Kick Off Challenge
Heartland Midwest Classic
Midwest All Girls
Girls HIT
Boys HIT

In the last 12 months Heartland welcomed
teams from a total of 17 states and Canada.
This Month in History: August
August 1996- The USA women claimed that inaugural gold medal at the Atlanta Games

August 2000- The women claimed a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics

August 2004- The U.S. Women's National Team won every tournament entered, culminating with the 2004 Olympics

August 2008- The USWNT take home their 3rd gold medal

August 2012- The U.S. women went undefeated 6-0-0 for the first time at the Olympics

Get certified to be a referee!
  Sign up to be a referee for
Fall 2016 Heartland  league.
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Health Tip from HCA
Facts on Asthma in Children: How to help your young athlete with asthma be successful.
Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children, but it's also manageable with the right remedies. There are medal-winning athletes who have suffered from asthma their whole lives.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee won three gold, one silver and two bronze Olympic medals - all while living with asthma. Your child may not want to be an athlete, but by understanding the disease a little better, you can help your child successfully manage it and maintain a healthy quality of life.
Causes of childhood asthma
If you had asthma as a child, there's a one in three chance your child will have it. If both parents have asthma, chances are seven in 10. Also, boys are more likely than girls to develop asthma in childhood. But outside of a possible genetic link, researches aren't entirely sure what causes asthma.
Symptoms of childhood asthma
The first signs of asthma in a child may occur after a respiratory infection, and may include wheezing. If the condition persists, more symptoms may develop and occur with regularity, including the following:
  • Intermittent coughing
  • Wheezing or a raspy sound to breaths
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Trouble sleeping (and resulting fatigue)
If your child develops any of these symptoms, get to an ER right away or check with your doctor as soon as possible.
Treatments for childhood asthma
Although there is no cure for asthma, it is manageable. Work with your child's doctor to devise a treatment plan. One of the first steps you can take will be to help your child reduce exposure to his or her asthma triggers.
Medication treatments for asthma include long-term control medications that help prevent symptoms, and quick-relief medications that treat asthma attacks when they occur. Your child's treatment will depend on his or her unique symptoms and needs.
Long-term control medications are normally taken daily, and may include the following:
  • Inhaled corticosteroids:  The most commonly prescribed long-term asthma medication, they are associated with the fewest side effects and considered safest for ongoing use.
  • Leukotriene modifiers:  Taken orally to prevent symptoms for up to 24 hours, they carry risk of psychological side effects.
  • Combination inhalers:  These inhaled medications contain both a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) and a corticosteroid.
  • Theophylline:  A daily oral bronchodilator, it keeps the airways open. Doctors prescribe it less often now than in the past due to newer, more effective options.
Quick-relief asthma medications are taken when symptoms occur, and include the following:
  • Short-acting beta agonists:  These inhaled bronchodilators reduce symptoms within minutes.
  • Ipratropium:  An inhaled bronchodilator, it's mostly used for emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but doctors sometimes prescribe it to treat asthma flare-ups.
  • Oral and intravenous corticosteroids:  These medications reduce airway inflammation caused by severe asthma, but may cause serious side effects when used long term.
Tips for parents of children with asthma
As soon as your child is diagnosed with asthma, work with his or her doctor to create an asthma action plan that you and other caregivers, such as teachers, coaches, relatives and even the parents of your child's friends, can use to recognize aggravated symptoms and know how to respond to an asthma attack. As a "worst case scenario" part of your action plan, you should know where the closest ERs are, as well as how to get there.
After creating an action plan, the most important thing you can do to help your child manage his or her asthma is to remain calm and encouraging. Help your child focus on the positive, and don't let fear get in the way of encouraging your child to engage in regular activities.
Also, talk to the parents of other children with asthma. You can learn a great deal from one another and take your knowledge of managing childhood asthma to another level.

Coaching Requirements

Heartland soccer league is sanctioned by Kansas Youth Soccer. There is a minimum coaching requirement. All recreational and premier coaches must complete the F license course. It is online and can be found at the following link. 
National C License Course
KSYSA is hosting a USSF National C license in Ottawa KS and then testing in KC at Swope Soccer Village,  July 31 to August 7 and Nov 18-20 respectively. 
Coaches Corner
The following activity and progression was observed at Manchester United during their treble winning season of 1999 when they won the UEFA Champions League, English Premier League and FA Cup. The session was conducted by manager Alex Ferguson. The idea was to get three players (Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes) breaking from midfield to combine with the forwards (Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham). The activity demonstrates all the characteristics of Man United - counter attacking, speed on the break, quality passing, flank play, movement up front and off the ball and quality finishing. The session is one that can be seen in how United play today with Ashley Young, Nani and Scholes the three breaking from midfield and Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck or Chicharito Hernandez up front.

Manchester United Football Club - 5v3

Activity One...

Set Up:
Players work on half field. Keeper in goal. Forward marked by a defender at the top of the penalty area. Play 5v3 keep away In grid 15x15 or 20x10.

Activity #1

3 defenders look to win possession of the ball from the 5 attackers. Once they win the ball they look to play into forward and all 3 support the attack and look to score. Ex: 1 plays to 4 to lay off. 1 can then play in 2 or 3 who have overlapped right and left in support. Have two grids set up to work both sides. If the defenders do not win the ball but force it out of play they use the ball on the half way line to play into the forward.

Coaching Points:
-press to win the ball as quickly as possible
-play into attackers feet-quality of the pass
-forward checks to ball at speed and shields it from defender
-quality support behind the ball and left and right
-look for quality lay off then wide pass or shot
-quality of the finish
-timing of the runs into penalty area

Heartland Soccer 2016 Referee Meetings Dates
Referees of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend Heartland's monthly referee meetings! Join us to learn tips and tricks for ARs and Referees, fun games, vital information, and fabulous prizes! Parents are always welcome.

Monday, September 12th
Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day)
Monday, November 14th (End of Year Party)
Meeting times:
Mentors  will meet 6pm-7pm
Monthly Referee Meeting from 7pm-8:30pm

  Meetings will be held at the "Steve D. Scheels" Training Center in the northwest corner of the second floor of the Scheels store located at 6503 West 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223  
*Special thanks to Scheels, Stroud's and Slim Chickens for donating gift cards to last months meeting.
Here are the gift card winners!
(Stefan Ambrose, Alex Stall, Thomas Edwards, Ken Neaderbiser, Zac Atchison, Charlie Kavter, Alison Holthaus, Aiden Payne, Kiernan Payne, Spencer C, Luke Ragland, Cole Miller)  
Executive Directors, Technical Directors, Club Admins, Registrars, Coaches, Team Administrators, and Team Officials,
Please note any Kansas players that will be secondary on a roster will need to complete a KANSAS MULTIPLE ROSTER REQUEST FORM. This form can be found at .  After completing the form along with all signatures, it will need to be uploaded to the players GotSoccer account in the player documents section. 
Effective immediately Missouri State Youth Soccer has adopted KSYSA player recruiting rules. For a MYSA registered player wanting to secondary with a KSYSA team they require the coach/team requesting the secondary roster to use the Missouri Permission to Secondary Roster Form that can be found at  and send a fully executed copy to MYSA office as well as keeping copies for themselves.  This form will also have to be uploaded to the players GotSoccer account.  The other forms they will be requiring is the Missouri Permission to Participate form (guest player form).  KSYSA registered teams need to complete this form if you are having a MYSA registered player guest play, this form is also on their website.  
Secondary players within your own club will not require the multi-roster form to be completed for KSYSA registered players.
Failure to complete the forms can result in recruiting violations.  
Chris Duke
Executive Director KSYSA

Congratulations to KC Prime Academy U17 girls.

They won Presidents Cup Regionals and took 3rd place in Nationals!

Kansas Players Attend Region II ID Camp
 in Saginaw Michigan.
1999 Boys
2000 Boys
Kensinger Kobie     
2001 Boys
2002 Boys
2003 Boys
2004 Boys    

1999 Girls

Terrell, Kelan

2000 Girls
Thompson Layne

2001 Girls
2002 Girls



  Rule Changes for the Fall
Deliberate Heading (U11 and below):   The following statement was released by USSF and has been adopted by KSYSA.  
This is the policy for Heartland for the Fall 2016 season:
"As a part of the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative, it is recommended to players 10 years old and younger be prohibited from heading the ball in practice and games.  The intent of the recommendation is to protect the safety of children, so it applies to the player and level of competition.  Age 10 and younger are specifically cited for the player and U11 is the referred age group in order to assist with its practical implementation.  Since U11 competitions may have players who are 10 years old, it is recommended that heading be prohibited in U11 competitions and younger.  This also means that 11 year olds playing U11 are prohibited from heading the ball.
If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.  
Last season rules will no longer apply.  This is what the coaches and Referees are being instructed to enforce.

Revision to previous build out line rule:
There has been a rule change regarding the use of build out lines for this season in 7v7 soccer. Based on the fact that no other state/region will be using the build out lines,  Heartland  Soccer will not be implementing them at this time.  
We will be implementing the new kick off rule though where the ball can go in any direction.
Don't forget to watch Highlight Videos from 2016 State Cup at  
Don't forget to share videos from our Facebook and Twitter accounts!
KSYSA will be selecting a Player of the Month each month starting this August! Please submit your application at 
101 Ladies Accessories
3 Women and an Oven
AAA Insurance
Academy Sports and Outdoors
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Buca di Beppo
Burger Fi
California Pizza Kitchen
Chartroose Caboose
Chick fil A
Corner Bakery Cafe
Damsel in Defense
Dick's Sporting Goods
Drs. Hawks, Besler, Rogers & Stoppel
Edible Promotions
Farmer's Insurance
FC Kansas City
Gift Gallery
Global Connections
Gordon Biersch
Grey Grace Boutique
Harlan C Parker State Farm Hasty Awards
Hayward's Pit BBQ
Heart of America Golf Academy
Huntington Learning Center
J&K Soccer
Jimmy John's
Johnny Cascone's
Jon Russell's Barbeque
Kansas Athletics
KC Running Store
Kincaid Coach Lines
Legoland/Sea Life
Lenny's Subs
Levine Advertising
Mary Kay
McCarthy Auto Group
Menorah Medical Center
Missouri Comets
Molle Toyota
Momo Bands  

Moneytalks Financial Foundation
Nature's Select
Oak Country Club
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Overland Park Soccer Club
Pacific Dental Services
Paciugo Gelato
Papa John's
Pie Five Pizza
Premier Designs Jewelry
Price Chopper 
Rasmussen College
Research Medical Center
Rock and Brews
Rosati's of Overland Park
Salty Iguana
Scott the Electrican
Slim Chickens
Smoothie King
Soccer Master
Southern Charmed
Sport Shake
Sporting Kansas City
Storage Mart
Sunflower Bank
Swope Park Rangers
Tastefully Simple
The Roasterie
The Storage Place
Thirty-One Gifts
Three Sisters
Tick Tock
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts
T-riffic T-shirts
University of Missouri Kansas City
Urban Air
Valley View Bank
Which Wich
Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun
You Oughta Be In Pictures
Young Living Essential Oils  

If you would like to nominate a player for the play of the month email Katie Falco
If you have a referee, coach, club, team or player accomplishment that you would like to share please email
Heartland Soccer Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with Sport Shake, a delicious, creamy milk shake that is made with real dairy. The partnership includes Sport Shake as the title sponsor of the Sport Shake Midwest All-Girls Invitational, held October 7-9, 2016, at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village.   
"We are very excited to bring Sport Shake into the Heartland family of tournaments," stated Shane Hackett, Executive Director at Heartland Soccer Association.  "Not only is this a terrific protein product for our young athletes but it's great to have a locally headquartered product supporting our kids here in Kansas City and the region."
One can of Sport Shake provides 9 grams of protein to help muscles recover, and an excellent source of calcium to build strong bones. It also has a good source of potassium to replace what's lost in sweat, with more potassium in one serving than in an entire banana!
"At Sport Shake, we are proud to sponsor Heartland Soccer Association to help young athletes reach their potential.  With the best tournament facilities in a city known for soccer, this partnership with Heartland is a way the Sport Shake team can support some of the most enthusiastic soccer players in the country. We believe we have the best tasting protein shake on the market, but most importantly, that it has the nutritional profile to help soccer players quickly recover and show their power on the field the next day," said Ted Sowle, AVP, Marketing with Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ("DFA").
Sport Shake is made in southern Missouri where milk from surrounding Kansas and Missouri farms goes into the product.  The brand is owned by DFA, a dairy cooperative headquartered in Kansas City. 
Sport Shake is available at select Price Chopper, Hy-Vee, Hen House and CVS locations. Visit  or follow them on social media for more information, and be sure to sample the product at upcoming HSA tournaments. 

Gateway Sports Village Ceremonial Groundbreaking
The city of Grandview broke ground August 9 on what will eventually become home to the largest turf complex in the world.
A  large crowd of over 300 government officials, local lawmakers, soccer parents and players gathered for the historical Gateway Sports Village groundbreaking.
It was an unforgettable day that featured speeches from developer Deron Cherry, Heartland's Shane Hackett, Developer Kurt Pycior, Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones and Congressman Emanuel Clever.
"Wow, what a turnout from across the country to support this new soccer complex and our groundbreaking ceremony.  We are thrilled to have elected officials all the way from Washington DC to our local representatives," stated Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Executive Director.  "We are truly blessed to have another world class soccer complex coming to KC.  Our kids will benefit for decades to come."
Gateway is located on 150 Highway between Byars and Kelly Road. It is a $300 million dollar mixed-use sporting complex with over 7 million square feet of retail, hotel, dining, office, entertainment and residential accommodations.
Gateway is on track to open Spring 2017.

Heartland Soccer Referees
Getting Ready for the Fall Season:
Tryouts are over.  Teams have been formed.  Seeding is completed.  Schedules are being put together and everyone is looking forward to getting back on the pitch and enjoying the game we love.  More than 1,200 teams registered for the Fall season, which represents over 21,000 players.  The Heartland Soccer Association ecosystem continues to hit on every cylinder.
What is this ecosystem?
  • Players: This is the reason for the Association.  We want the players to have a SAFE environment where they can develop their love for the game and their skills.
  • Coaches:   The experts who teach soccer skills and tactics and more important develop characteristics that will help their players be more successful in life.
  • Fields:   You need a place to play and Heartland makes sure you have access to the best fields in the city.  I am sure you have read about the new complexes that will be coming online in the next couple of years.
  • Clubs:  They are the bigger family.  They provide organization and pride and are a key to the competitiveness of Heartland Soccer Association.
  • Parents:  The fans that make sure the players get to the practices and to the games.  The parents provide the emotion that makes the weekend special for the players.
  • Referees:   Yes, they are another part of the ecosystem.  Their mission is to make the games FAIR and SAFE.  In the Spring, 1,199 Referees contracted with Heartland.  As you continue to grow, we continue to grow the number of new Referees.  In the months of July and August we expect to certify 200+ new Referees.
These new Referees share your excitement and love for the game of soccer.  In order to become a certified Referee (and Heartland only uses certified Referees), each candidate must attend 2 days of class and pass a written test.
This picture is from one of the Entry Level Certification classes this summer.  The students first learn about the Laws of the Game in a classroom setting.
It takes more than sitting in the classroom to become a Referee today.  A part of the training program is getting out on the field to sharpen mechanics and decision making.  Are these new Referees committed?  It was almost 100 degrees and this group was out in the heat at 11AM.
We will keep developing new Referees to support your players and coaches.  Thank you for supporting these newest members to the Heartland Soccer Association ecosystem.  Tell them thank you when you see them at your field.  And, we thank you for the opportunity to share this beautiful game with all of you.

From the Heartland League Director, Richard Davies


Hello All,


Hopefully you have all had a fantastic Summer and are excited about the upcoming Fall 2016 soccer season. We definitely are!!!!!
The Summer has been a little hectic with age group and format changes but now the fun starts when the kids step out on the fields to play.
Lets always remember that they are "kids", they don't try and make mistakes and are always trying to please the adults that are important in their lives. Let them play and learn as they make those mistakes, don't allow ourselves to get caught up in every little play.
There will be a period of time while everyone is getting used to the new fields and numbers in the small sided games, so please be patient. These changes are to improve the game for the players, so give it time and support them as they deal with the changes.
We are continuing to work extensively with our referees and genuinely feel we are on the right path to improving the standard of officiating in the City. Please remember that a lot of the younger referees are learning the job as they are doing the job, give them the respect they deserve. If you feel there is a major issue, please contact a Field marshal, do not approach a referee.
Have fun at the fields and enjoy watching your kids play.

Heartland staff.

Project Kick Start has been an organization that Heartland Soccer has been proud to represent for many years. PKS is designed to recycle gently used soccer clothing, gear and equipment. When items are donated, they are sorted, cleaned up and given away both locally and abroad. The success that we have seen with Project Kick Start has been overwhelming.
8-year-old Josh Bourke is a great example of what 'generosity' means. Bourke, who plays recreational soccer for SBV, recently had a birthday party. Instead of wanting presents he asked guests to bring new or used soccer items to give to the Kick Start program. Thank you Josh for helping us spread the word of Project Kick Start.
If you would like to get involved and/or donate please do not hesitate to contact us or visit the website below.

From the high school field to the intramural field in the  Air Force, Patrick Lynn has always held a special place for the game of soccer. In fact, at the age of 30 he picked it up again until a torn ACL kept him off the field. Now in 2016 he finds himself back on the field, but this time in a different role - a ref.

What brings someone back to the game of soccer? Well a lot of things can. But for Patrick, it was becoming a grandfather. 

"I had a new grand baby and I know how little ones can keep you busy  so I wanted to stay in shape and I hate running just to run and I love soccer,  Jameison was referring, so I thought that was a good idea so it just made sense to me," Lynn said.

After a year of being a ref there are a lot of positives for Lynn. But by far the most rewarding is the aspect of teaching the game to the little ones.

"Seeing their faces when things work out - that's the best."

Patrick isn't the only Lynn with the passion to ref. His son Jameison has been referring even longer.  Jameison decided to get certified because he saw refereeing as a good way to earn money while still enjoying the sport that he loves.

When he isn't refereeing he is playing for SBV while preparing to join the men's soccer team at Ottawa University. On top of having his dream of being a college soccer player come true, he continues to aspire to be a grade 7 referee.

Congratulations to the Lynn's for being in the Papa John's Spotlight for the month of August. Best of luck to the both of you!

By Betsy Kellerman, ATC/LAT, Manager of the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Sports Medicine and Concussion programs.
How to Be a Winner, Even When You Lose
Elite athletes experience success even when they lose, because they know how to have a winning attitude and focus on their own performance goals.
Although most of us like to celebrate victory in sports, we can't all be winners. Someone has to lose, whether that means missing first place by a hair or placing dead last. No one knows that better than the athletes who compete in international sports competitions.
Not only do they have to be physically ready to compete, these elite athletes also have to be mentally ready to accept the outcome. They have to prepare to face losses, and, in the end, still emerge victorious. Learn how you can do the same in your day-to-day life.
What is a winning attitude?
There are two components to a winning attitude: an external drive to win and an internal drive to perform your best.
Athletes attain attitude through training where they learn to ignore the external drive and focus on the internal drive. They know they can't control the outcome of the race or how well their competitors do, but they can strive to reach performance-related goals they set for themselves.
How to perfect your attitude
  • Set realistic, attainable performance goals. For example, marking improvements in your performance from month to month. Strive for a little more each time. Work toward those same goals even when in a competition.
  • Anticipate distractions. Find some cues that will help you stay focused on your performance. Then rehearse that plan. Visualize yourself going through the competition, while focused on your cues, to avoid events that might distract you.
  • Don't equate self-worth with performance. You may have to really work to separate your self-worth from your performance, but it's worth it. Otherwise you will never feel successful.
  • Accept your mistakes and weaknesses. If not, you will not allow yourself to do things that make you look bad, and in the end, that avoidance will keep you from getting better. Let go of mistakes and improve your weaknesses.
  • Laugh. A lot. When the going gets tough, the tough laugh. Find something to laugh about in stressful situations and you'll build a good habit to deal with them.
Obstacles to having a winning attitude
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to success is the tendency to focus on the outcome rather than the activity. When you focus on the score or the time, factors that are ultimately out of your control, then the whole experience becomes miserable. Avoid this by focusing on getting better, not being the best.
Another obstacle is comparing yourself to others. Because other people have different genetics, experiences and training, comparing yourself to them is never going to be "apples to apples." Get around this obstacle by comparing your current performance against your past performances.
Remember, when you define your own measurement of success, you experience success whether you win or lose.

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