The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
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.
All Rainouts have been Rescheduled to the Rainout weekend October 28-30.
Please check your updated schedule on line.
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
Sporting KC Affiliate Friendlies
Heartland Midwest Classic
Midwest All Girls
Girls HIT
Boys HIT
NCAA Men's College Showcase

In the last 12 months Heartland welcomed teams from a total of 17 states and Canada.
This Month in History: October
October 26,1863- This was the first meeting of The Football Association 

October 9,1866- Charles Wreford-Brown invented the term "soccer".

October 23, 1940- Pelé  was born  
Concussion ImPACT  Testing

Open to all Heartland Soccer participants
for more information contact :
Betsy Kellerman
(913) 541-3365

Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Congratulations to the Swope Park Rangers

"I don't remember a game like this. You have to have a spirit out of this world and energy out of this world and a commitment out of this world. I told the guys before overtime that anything is possible. Nothing in this world is impossible. Everything's possible if you believe and if you give everything you have," stated Swope Park Ranger's head coach Marc Dos Santos.
The Swope Park Rangers have advanced to the USL Western Conference Finals , scheduled for Saturday, October 15th. The advancement comes after 2-1 victory in overtime of the conference semifinals last Sunday.
"To get a win like that, to qualify for the final when you have nine players on the field, I don't know how to describe it. We said we wanted to have a day here, that once Alvarado and Meyer got sent off, it would be a day that everyone in the stadium would remember. I don't think many people that were here today are going to forget the spirit of these guys."
The Swope Park Rangers will now host Vancouver Whitecaps at 7:30 on Saturday, October 15th with the winner moving on to the USL Championship on October 23rd.
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Health Tip from HCA
Common Finger Injuries in Athletes
Comparing the injured finger to the same uninjured finger on the opposite hand is always helpful. Seek medical care if the finger does not have its usual range of motion or it looks abnormal when compared to the opposite uninjured finger. Most injuries to the finger involve a direct blow to the tip or forcing the finger beyond its usual range of motion. Damage can involve bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament. Pain, swelling, and deformity are common. If the athlete cannot actively move the finger in all directions or the finger is deformed, immediately call your pediatrician. Simple x-rays of the injured finger are generally all that are needed to identify any possible broken bones or dislocations. CAT scans and MRIs are not routinely necessary. A "jammed" finger is a sprain of the joint-supporting ligaments without an associated fracture (broken bone) and does not have to be "pulled out" forcefully on the field.

Rest, ice, and elevation are good first therapies for all acute injuries. Compression wraps can be dangerous if they interfere with circulation to the fingertip or compress (squeeze) the nerves.

Treatment for most finger injuries involves:  protection, immobilization  (to hold the injured finger in the correct position to heal), and  rehabilitation  (to restore the finger to a healthy and useful condition).

If there is very little or no swelling, minimal point tenderness, and normal appearance and the finger has a full range of motion, parents may  "buddy-tape"  the finger until it no longer hurts (1 to 2 weeks). Simply tape the injured finger to an adjacent finger (preferably a longer, uninjured finger) to provide protection and immobilization.

When the injury is no longer painful and tender, the athlete may do progressive resistance exercises (PREs) to restore the full range of motion.This can be done by:
  1. making a fist,
  2. squeezing a ball,
  3. trying to crumple up a small dish rag or towel

Make sure the finger fully straightens out. Exercises can be done initially (48 hours after injury) in a bucket of warm water. Each activity should be repeated 10 to 15 times in 2 to 3 sessions a day until normal function has returned. Some discomfort and soreness should be expected while doing these activities. Even after acute symptoms have subsided and normal function has been restored, some thickening and stiffness of the joint may persist indefinitely, particularly with severe injuries.

If you are uncomfortable with the length of time needed for healing or have any questions, call your pediatrician.

Return to play is dependent on the type of fracture, dislocation, or sprain; stability; use of the hand in the sport; and whether it can be protected. Ideally, the finger should be pain free.

Lifetime deformities or disabilities can result from even the most minor injuries but generally are the result of lack of proper treatment, rehabilitation, and protection.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

Heartland  Referee and
Team Appreciation Night
at Swope Park Rangers
 September 24th , Heartland Soccer teams and referees attended Heartland Appreciation Night at the Swope Park Rangers game.
HSA referees not only witnessed the Swope Park Rangers win 2-0 over Seattle Sounders FC 2, clinching a home field advantage for the first playoff game but one of Heartland Soccer's very own homegrown referees, Jon Freemon was assigned to the game.

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,  Nov 18-20.
Thank you for the opportunity to be one of the referees!
Have you ever wondered about what goes through the mind of the young Referees who as assigned to work your children's matches?  For some of them being a Referee or Assistant Referee is their first job ever.  They take the responsibility seriously.

  • Two weekends in a classroom studying the Laws of the Game and taking a test where they are required to score a minimum of 80%.
  •   The class requires an investment of $65
  • Then, before they are assigned to their first match  they have to buy their uniforms (more investment).  
  • The picture to the right is one of our new Referees sporting the new style jersey.
If you ask them how they feel about going on the field the first time they will share that they are both excited and nervous.  They know they are ready and they want to excel.  What are they nervous about?  They don't want to make a mistake and then get an excited response from you, the parents.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to work with some of our first year officials.  Let me share a couple of stories with you.
Saturday, Heritage Soccer Park:   Each of the officials had worked some matches in their careers.  The total number of matches between the 3 of them was less than 20.  One of them would have the opportunity to be the middle of this U9 Girl's match.  The young lady of the team (she is a Premier Player at U14) said she was ready if someone would watch her.  She wanted someone to watch her so she could learn to do the right things faster.  Game on....
There she was in the middle of 14 players, 2 coaches, substitutes and of course a sideline filled with enthusiastic parents.  She blew the whistle to start the match.  She moved up and down the field as the players moved the ball (and worked hard to stay out of their way).  The ball went out over one of the touch lines.  She looked at her AR and together they pointed for the throw in.  This continued and then the inevitable happened.  There was contact on the field that the Referee determined was not Safe or Fair (i.e., a foul).  She blew the whistle and pointed in the direction of the restart.  
The parents did not challenge the decision .  The coaches did not challenge the decision (they were too busy setting up the next play).  The restart took place and the game was back on.  What people didn't see was the growing confidence of this Referee in her first Center assignment.  As the match progressed, there were more throw ins, goal kicks, corner kicks, kick offs and yes - there were more fouls (including a Penalty Kick).  After the match we talked about what the Referee had learned, what she thought she did well and what she and her Assistants could work on to be better in the next match.  And, I am pleased to report that they were even better in the next match.
Thank you for the coaches who were positive to their players and to the Referees.  Their parents did the same and Saturday was successful for all of the members of the Heartland Soccer Association ecosystem.
Sunday, Overland Park Soccer Complex:   The officiating team was more typical of what you will find in a U14 match on the big fields.  The Center Referee had many years of experience.  AR2 was in her 3 rd year and was battle tested in tournament games.  AR1 is in his first season but has done more than 20 matches.
I was passing the field and stopped to watch the efforts of this young AR.  He was running with the second to the last defender, following the ball all the way to the goal line and side stepping so he could maximize his view of the field.  He was doing the things you would expect from an experienced Assistant Referee.  I could tell he was new because of his uniform and badge.
At the time I was behind him, one of the teams played a through ball and a forward ran onto the ball and got control.  A few dribbles and a pass later, the result was a goal.  I was standing with several parents from the team that got scored on.  They agreed with me that the decision to not flag for Offside was correct.  However, their coach did not.  He commented that the AR missed that one for sure.  Not a big deal, right?  We don't always see things the same way . (WAS THE COACH's ANGLE FROM 50 YARDS AWAY BETTER THEN THE AR IN THE PROPER POSITION TO MAKE THE CALL?)
I went over to the AR at half time.  The young man was in tears.  He wanted to do his best and thought he got it right.  He was working hard and doing all of the things he had been taught in class.  What could I say?  I thanked him for his hard work and focus on wanting to do it right and challenged him to keep it up.  He came out for the second half and continued to work hard.
Your officials don't always get every call right . (EVEN THE PROFESSIONAL REFEREES MAKE MISTAKES - it is called learning).  Experience is what they need and we are providing them the opportunities to get this experience with mentors (to accelerate their learning curves).  These examples share the impact that you can have on building the effective Referee.  
Just a final story.  A young lady did her first center a number of years ago.  The coach told her she was terrible and shouldn't be a Referee at all.  She went home and told he dad that she wanted to quit.  He talked her into giving it another try.  She agreed and went back to the fields the next week.  Guess who one of the coaches was?  Yes, the coach from last week.  However, he too was impressed with her performance on this morning.  And, he told her so.  Today, this Referee is a National Referee Candidate.  
Many stories can be shared about the Referees who, withthe help of the coaches and fans, survived their first experiences and went on to be the Referee everyone wants in their match.  Will you be the one who encourages them to do better?  Thank you if you are.
Heartland Soccer Association
  Referee Meeting
  Referees of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend Heartland's Referee meetings. We have two meetings left for 2016, Nov 14 and Dec 12. Our December meeting will be an end of the year party to learn tips and tricks for ARs and Referees, play fun games and win fabulous prizes!
  Parents are always welcome.

Monday, November 14th
Monday, December 12th (end of year party)
Mentors  will meet 6pm-7pm
Monthly Referee Meeting from 7pm-8:30pm
 Meeting 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  

October  Scheels Gift Card Winners:Landon Turner, Frederick Marshall, Ellie Lewis, Kyler Murphy, Nick Edwards, Sasha Scanlan, Jack Furstenau, Joshua Boxberger, Alec Schmidt, Brian Davis   
A Huge Thank you to Scheels for all their support!
Photo of the Month 
Ella Kesner, U11 Sporting Blue Valley
Heritage Soccer Park, 9/23/16.

If you would like to nominate a player for the play of the month or photo 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
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Gift Gallery
Global Connections
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Grey Grace Boutique
Harlan C Parker State Farm Hasty Awards
Hayward's Pit BBQ
Heart of America Golf Academy
Huntington Learning Center
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Kincaid Coach Lines
Legoland/Sea Life
Lenny's Subs
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McCarthy Auto Group
Menorah Medical Center
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Moneytalks Financial Foundation
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Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Overland Park Soccer Club
Pacific Dental Services
Paciugo Gelato
Papa John's
Pie Five Pizza
Prairiefire Museum
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Price Chopper 
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The 2016 Sport Shake Midwest All Girls Tournament
This past weekend, October 7-9, Heartland Soccer Association kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month with  the  Sport Shake Midwest All Girls Tournament at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village. The Sport Shake Midwest All Girls Tournament showcased competition from across the Midwest. The tournament welcomed 282 teams from 7 different states- Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

In support of  Breast Cancer Awareness,  the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex turned pink. The Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons were  painted on the fields and all corner flags were pink. Referees dressed in pink and used pink  flags. Field marshals, concession staff, tournament staff and HCA Midwest Health staff all wore pink event t -shirts.
Pink Sugar Drop cookies, BCA wristbands and  pins were sold to raise funds for the American Cancer Society Making Strides KC.

Heartland Soccer  would like to Thank Sport Shake,  Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health,  all our event sponsors, the Scheels Complex staff, Heritage concession staff, tournament staff , referees and  the participating teams and families for making the Sport Shake Midwest All Girls Tournament a huge success.


The ALDI Heartland  Invitational tournament is only a few weeks away. The girls play November 4-6 and the boys play November 11-13. Over 700 teams are anticipated to participate over the two weekend event.
Click here to get your tickets today!
From the Heartland League Director, Richard Davies  
Dear All,
We are past the midpoint of our 2016 fall Season.
Things have gone very well and we are having a lot of positive feedback about the games and the atmosphere at the complexes.
We always have concerns about behavior of coaches and parents with so many games going on each weekend. However, so far this fall the number of complaints has dropped significantly and the number of red cards by players and coaches is also relatively low! We would love that number to be zero, but little improvements are happening.
There will be a field change in the Spring 2017 season. The US Soccer federation has increased the field dimension range for 7v7 games. We will be moving back to having 2 x 7v7 fields on one full sided field rather than having 4 as it is currently. This will help the players have more success on the ball and ultimately parking congestion at heritage and OPSC.
Please make sure all of your families are signed up for the 'Rain Out' service. The link is on our website at . It is the quickest way for people to find out about cancelations and delays.
Thanks for your support.

 Gateway Soccer Village is on schedule to open Spring 2017.

 Kansas State Youth Soccer Player of the Month! 
Female Player of the month
Riley from KC Blaze Soccer Club
Position: Midfield
Player Experience: 10 Years
Soccer Achievements: MVP at  MAC Camp for 2 years
Academic Achievements: Honor Roll recipient
Community Service: Riley serves her community as a youth group leader and aiding at Sporting KC special needs camps.
Memorable Soccer Experience: Doing the splits during a game where the field was muddy
Favorite Food: Macaroni & Cheese
Favorite Movie: A Walk to Remember
Favorite Book: Because of Winn Dixie
 Male Player of the Month
  Declan from Metro United Soccer Club
Position: Midfield
Player Experience: 8 Years
Soccer Achievements: Learning from the best coaches out there, allowing him to become a better and team player and learning that playing simple can lead to great success.   
Academic Achievements: 4.0 GPA, Invited to Youth Leadership Summit
Community Service: Raising money and donating equipment to players that cannot afford to player soccer in the US and worldwide. Declan thinks every child should have the opportunity to play soccer.
Soccer Experience: Playing in the Schwan's USA Cup in Minnesota this past summer with his team, and assisting the team's first goal against Brazil.
Favorite Food: Chicken Teriyaki
Favorite Movie: Grumpy Old Men
Favorite Book: Treasure Island
To nominate a player for Player of the Month please CLICK HERE !

Tiffany and Andy Ngo are Heartland's up and coming refs, having been named the October Papa John's Referees of the Month. While Andy has been a ref for over a year, his sister is just 2 months in.
Meet Andy: He starting reffing Futsal last November shortly after becoming a certified ref. One of his favorite things about reffing is being able to keep the players safe while helping them develop their skills. He hopes to move up in the referee reigns by becoming a grade 7 ref -working at the high school and adult level.
Meet Tiffany: When Tiffany isn't reffing, she is found playing club soccer for Sporting Blue Valley and cheering on her favorite team, Sporting KC. After just a couple of months of reffing, she has learned to become more patient and has already set her sights on one day becoming a ref for the NWSL.
Thank you to the Ngo siblings! Heartland is happy to have you on the team!
The Referee Corner

It is hard to go through an entire    soccer     match without hearing someone yell "hand ball".  Handling can be a difficult decision for the officiating team to make as you can see from this picture of one of the most famous hand balls ever - the "hand of God".  Handling can happen at the highest levels of soccer, can be done by some of the best players in the world, and can be missed by the most trained and experienced officials in the world.   This month we want to take a look at what the FIFA Laws of the Game say about handling so we can all make better decisions. Handling is a part of Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct.

Handling the ball
Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with the hand or arm.

The following must be considered:
  • the movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)
  • the distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)
  • the position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement
  • touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shin guard, etc.) is an infringement
  • hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shin guard, etc.) is an infringement
The goalkeeper has the same restrictions on handling the ball as any other player outside the penalty area. Inside their penalty area, the goalkeeper cannot be guilty of a handling offence incurring a direct free kick or any related sanction but can be guilty of handling offences that incur an indirect free kick.
It is NOT a foul if the ball touches a player's hand
Law 12 says it is illegal for a player "to deliberately make contact with the ball with the hand or arm (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)".   It is not illegal if the ball touches a player's hand . It is only a foul if the player deliberately makes contact with the ball with the hand or arm. Therefore, all of those times that a defender kicks the ball right into a player's hand or the ball bounces up and hits an arm, these are not fouls and should not be called .  Some of you will remember the discussions about making oneself bigger or the arm being in an unnatural position.  Are these comments in the Law above?
The Law also does not say anything about whether or not the player gains an advantage by the ball hitting his or her hand. In other words, even if the ball were to hit a player's arm and drop right at his feet or even were to go directly into his opponents' goal, these are not fouls if they were not deliberate acts. Since 1996 FIFA specifically changed the laws to make it very clear that it is only a foul if the player handles the ball deliberately.
So how can you tell if a hand ball is deliberate or not?
If a ball, such as a clearance out of the defense, hits a player so fast that they have no time to react then this cannot be handling. Likewise, bouncing balls that come up and hit a player's arm or balls that hit a player's arm when his or her back is turned are generally not fouls. In particular on wet fields the ball tends to skid off quickly giving players no chance of moving away. On the other hand, when a player uses her hand at her side to control a ball that comes in at waist level or has time to reach out and touch a ball, then these clearly should be called. A good rule-of-thumb to use is if the player's hand comes to the ball, it is a foul. If the ball comes to the hand, it is not a foul.
Remember, if it is not deliberate, there is no foul!

  Coaches Corner
Soccer Drills: Variations of a passing drill from   
Guus Hiddink
01 Basic Drill
Soccer Drills - Guus Hiddink 01 Basic Drill
Setup: 8 - 10 players, 1 ball, 6 cones, field 10m x 20m  
  • A1 passes to M1 (1), who passes into the run of A2.
  •   A2 plays a through pass to M2 and runs to the other side.
  •   M2 passes into the run of A1 and prepares for the first pass from the other side.
  •   Like in the game players should pay attention to (open body position, correct position for passing).
  •   A1 runs to the other side. The same sequence back.  
Tips and suggestions:
  • Good communication among the players
  •   Game related movement by the players in the middle
  •   Precise passing
  •   Keep the ball on the ground
  •   Open body stands/positions
  • Switch the players in the middle regularl

The Do's and Don'ts of Sports Drinks
By Betsy Kellerman, ATC/LAT, Manager of the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Sports Medicine and Concussion programs.
Do You Know Who Is First In Line of Treatment for Your Young Athlete? What To Expect From An Athletic Trainer
As the number of young athletes continues to grow, so does the rise in injuries among their age group. Young athletes today are playing multiple sports which increases the physical demands of their young bodies.
Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are the some of the most comprehensively prepared allied medical professionals, trained to deal with the injuries of young athletes. We have similar educational backgrounds as physical, occupational, and other therapists utilized by school districts, sports clubs and leagues across the country.  Over 70 percent of ATCs have a master's or a doctorate degree and must pass national certification exams in addition to their state licensure exams.
The Sports Medicine Program at Overland Park Regional Medical Center includes seven ATC's who are at sporting events everyday across our city. ATC's with Overland Park Regional Medical Center are on the fields of high schools and sporting facilities across the city, so when an injury does occur we can provide "on the field" or "on the court" immediate care.  ATC's can evaluate, diagnose and immediately treat a young athletes after an injury. That treatment will continue post-injury in a clinic setting and rehabilitation, if needed. Our goal is to provide early intervention as well as prevention of sports injuries. ATC's provide:
  • Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection: ATCs are trained in injury and illness prevention and provide education to young athletes, parents and coaches, including ImPACT concussion testing, first aid and pediatric CPR.
  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis: ATCs are the only health care professionals whose expertise ranges from minor sprains to catastrophic head and neck injuries, and from minor illnesses to exertional heat syndrome. ATCs can examine, diagnose and treat young athletes on the field immediately after an injury.
  • Immediate and Emergency Care: ATCs can provide immediate care of conditions including head trauma, wound management, acute asthma attacks, spinal cord or nerve injuries and sprained or broken bones.
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation: ATCs are trained to assess young athlete's post-injury or post-surgery and develop appropriate treatment goals and therapeutic interventions.
Consult your primary care physician for more serious injuries that do not respond to basic first aid. As an added resource, the staff at Overland Park Regional Medical Center is available to diagnose and treat sports-related injuries for young athletes. To make an appointment, call (913) 541-3365. For more information about the Sports Medicine Program at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, visit .
Betsy Kellerman, ATC/LAT, is the manager of the sports medicine and concussion programs at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Kellerman attended the University of Wyoming, where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training. She also received her Master's Degree in Sports Management from Nova Southeastern University. Previously, Kellerman managed the University of Wyoming Sports Medicine Department and has worked with all different levels of athletes from Division I College Athletes to youth athletes. Her passion lies with educating parents, coaches and the community on mild traumatic brain injuries, as well as athletic injuries and offering the resources needed to heal.

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