The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
November 2018
Heartland Soccer Association 
Celebrates 40 Years of Soccer!
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.
2017/18 Heartland Numbers

Fall league teams '18
Spring league teams '18
League players 
Tournament teams
Tournament players 

Join us as we acknowledge and celebrate those individuals who have made a positive impact in our soccer community. The 3rd Annual Awards Gala will be an amazing night with something for everyone! We will again be partnering with Kansas Youth Soccer Associaiton to put on this extraordinary event. 

Saturday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm 
 at Museum at PrairieFire
 5801 W. 135th St. Overland Park 

CLICK HERE to get your tickets for this event.
Dave & Buster's, Overland Park is now open! Be our guest and get $20 in FREE Game Play! Eat. Drink. Play. Watch Sports
Concussion ImPACT Testing
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Congratulations Jill Gummersbach Shores! 
You are the Winner for Heartland Soccer 
October Social Media Photo contest.
Please email [email protected] 
to claim your $25 Minsky's gift card. 

This Month in History: November
A Day in History: November 11th, 1973

Soviet Union refuses to play Chile in World Cup Soccer.
The Soviet Union announced that, because of its opposition to the overthrow of the government of Chilean President Salvador Allende, it would not play a World Cup Soccer match against the Chilean team on November 21, if the match were held in Santiago. The International Football Federation had given the Soviets until the 11th to decide whether they would play the game. With the Soviet refusal, the Federation disqualified the Soviet team from World Cup play. It was the first time in the history of World Cup Soccer that a team had boycotted over political issues. The Soviet team had played the Chilean team to a 0-0 tie in September, in a game that took place in Moscow.
They steadfastly refused to play the rematch in Santiago, charging that the stadium in which the game would take place had recently been the scene of the torture and killing of Allende supporters during the coup. Allende, a Marxist, was killed during the takeover. The Soviets offered to play the game in a neutral country, but the Federation refused this compromise and the Soviet team, that had reached the quarterfinals in the last World Cup in 1970, was eliminated from competition. Despite fears that other Iron Curtain countries would join the boycott, teams from East Germany, Bulgaria, and Poland participated in the 1974 games held in West Germany. This would not be the last time that Cold War battles found their way into international sporting events. Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, President Jimmy Carter asked the U.S. Olympic team to boycott the 1980 games to be held in Moscow. The U.S. team acceded to this request.

Sign the petition and show the world that Kansas City 
deserves to host the WORLD CUP GAMES!!!

Kansas City - In The Heart of It All

#KC2026 #United2026

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Congratulations Jill Gummersbach Shores! You are the Winner for Heartland Soccer October Social Media Photo contest 
and a $25 Minsky's gift card.

 SBV Holland came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie it up and ultimately win on

KC Legends 2009 Academy Black fought hard. The second picture are all the winners together 

2019 Referee Meeting Dates coming Soon!
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.  

November 12th meeting was  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: Dick O'Leary, Jim Cahill, Mark Kinsch, Brooke Knoelkepper, Rina Mikos, Chris Savoy, Ryan Toon, Carter Stanley.... Not pictured, Logan Clark
Other Gift Card Winners: (SubZero and Minsky's) 
Nathaniel Jones, Nick Edwards, Thomas Edwards, Ryan Schultz
not pictures:  Rick Zuzenak, Nick Zuzenak

Thank you to all our sponsors for the gift cards.
We appreciate your continued support of 
Heartland Soccer and our Referee Mentor Program!

US Youth Futsal has launched a new logo and  website:

Nov 1
Spring 2019 online registration opens
Jan 7
Spring 2019 online registration deadline by noon
Jan 10
Recreational seeding
Jan 11
Pemier pre-seed & Recreational Final seed posted after 5pm
Jan 11-16
Premier seeding challenges via email deadline noon on January 16
Jan 18
Final Premier seeding posted after 5pm
Feb 17 Heartland Soccer Fashion Show
Feb 20
Spring 2019 schedule posted after 5pm
Feb 22-24
Border Battle Tournament
Feb 22-24
Dick's Sporting Goods Discount Weekend for Heartland
Mar 1-3
First weekend of League play
Mar 8-10
League Play
Mar 15-17
League Play
Mar 22-24
League Play
Mar 29-31
League Play
Apr 5-7
League Play/ Dick's Sporting Good Discount Weekend for Heartland
Apr 12-14
Kansas City Champions Cup / League Play
Apr 19-20
League Play
Apr 21
Easter Sunday / No Games
Apr 26-28
League Play
May 3-5
League Play
May 10-12
Midwest Mother's Day Classic / League Play
May 17-19
Rainout Weekend
May 24-26
Kansas City Invitational Tournament

The Referee Blog
Soccer Karma:  Does it really exist?

Karma is equivalent to Newton's law - every action must have a reaction. When we act we initiate a force that will react accordingly.

Last weekend 107 Heartland Referees attended recertification classes, so they can continue to officiate in 2019.  The 2019 Recertification class focuses on the Laws of the Game, how to apply these Laws consistently, and building the Referee's toolbox (how we can more effectively manage both the game and the players).  The goal is SAFETY, FAIRNESS and even better Karma.

In one of the classes we asked the Referees if they had specific questions from matches they had been assigned to this Fall season.  There was no shortage of participation.

For example, one Referee asked his peers if he would be justified in giving a Yellow Card (Caution) to a player who consistently refused to give 10 yards to the other team on free kicks.  The details - Division 1, 14-year-old boys match. Very competitive with a lot of fouls by both sides. He had requested that this specific player respect and give the 10 yards required by the Law but with no success.  Of course, the failure of this player to give the required space was upsetting the other team too. He decided to issue a caution after his multiple requests to the player (in accordance with the Laws of the Game). The Karma he got from this player, his coaches and their parents was not positive.  This is why he asked his peers for guidance. He wanted to do what was FAIR and what was best for the game.

This past weekend there were several matches to determine League Champions across different ages.  In one of these matches one team took a strong shot on goal. The goal keeper got a hand and the ball, and it bounced along the goal line.  The Assistant Referee was in position on the goal line. The Law says it is a goal only "when the whole of the ball crosses the whole of the line".  The Assistant Referee's decision was that this didn't happen, so there was NO GOAL. The fans, who weren't on the goal line were sure this had to be a goal. The Assistant Referee was in the best position to see the play (in the correct position) and correctly applied the Laws of the Game.  The Karma he got for his effort was not positive. And for those who are curious, the final score was 2 - 1. Guess which team scored the single goal?

Finally, there was a report out of the U.K. from a U-14 girls match.  The game was described as "hotly contested". The goal keeper from one of the teams was involved in a collision while challenging for the ball.  She broke her arm and had to leave the match. Did the Referee make the correct decision on this play? The report didn't say. What was reported was that the Referee went up to this goal keeper's coach at the end of the match, gave the coach his game fee and asked the coach "to buy her something nice and tell her that she played a great game".  The player had earned this Referee's total respect and he practiced good Karma. This is not something that happens a lot; however, it happened here and shows how Referees and players can have mutual respect for the efforts put forth during a match. It also reminds us that bad things can happen to good people.

T he message of the month:  Actions have reactions. Let's worktogether to create a more positive soccer Karma at Heartland and in Kansas.  

Thank you!

Player of the Month - NOMINATE YOUR PLAYER

Nominate a player for Kansas Youth Soccer Player of the Month!  

For more information  CLICK HERE

2017 and 2018 Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)

Border Battle '18
KC Champions Cup '18 436
Mother's Day Classic '18 sponsored by Holiday Inn Express-Shawnee 431
KC Invitational '18
Fall Kick Off Challenge '18
Heartland Midwest Classic '18
Midwest All Girls '18
ALDI Heartland Invitational Girls  '18
ALDI Heartland Invitational Boys '18

*In the last 12 months Heartland welcomed teams
 from a total of 17 states and Canada.
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Kansas State Cup Champions & Finalist

Go to  to find out more on the Champions that will be representing Kansas at the Midwest Regional Championships.

Kansas Presidents Cup Champions & Finalist   

 Go to to find out more on the Champions that will be representing Kansas at the Midwest Presidents Cup that is being hosted in Overland Park, Kansas in June 2019!  

Coaching Requirements
  All premier and recreational coaches  that currently have an "F" license are eligible to coach. Any coach without a current license is temporarily eligible to coach until the new US Soccer Grassroots courses are available on line.
All coaches must pass a background check prior to
being eligible to coach in the Heartland League. 
Heartland Soccer League is sanctioned by Kansas Youth Soccer.  
We Want your Photos!

Heartland Soccer Association is seeking action photo shots of kids of all ages and abilities playing soccer in Heartland League Games or Tournaments.  Submitted photos may be included in Heartland Tournament, League and other promotional materials as well as social media posts.

Instructions for submitting photos:
All submitted photo files must be .jpg format, must be a minimum of 1,200 x 1,600 pixels, and no larger than 2 MB in size.  Submitting a photo doesn't guarantee that it will be used.
By submitting a photo for consideration for use in Heartland Soccer Association promotional materials, you agree that:
1.  You are the sole author of the photograph and control all rights for its use.  The photograph is original.  You have the rights to grant usage of the photograph as stated below.  There has been no prior sale, publication or transfer of rights to the photograph. The photograph shall not contain any libelous or scandalous matter.  To the best of your knowledge, the photograph's creation, publication and use shall not infringe any copyright, right of privacy or right of publicity, or infringe or violate any right of any third party.
2.    You grant to Heartland Soccer Association all rights to use the photograph in any and all forms of media, including but not limited to electronic, digital media and print.
3.     You allow Heartland Soccer Association the right to edit, revise, adapt and crop the photo as necessary.
Send Photo submissions to: [email protected]
If you have a referee, coach, club, team or player accomplishment or a  photo that you would like to share please email:
 Katie Falco at  [email protected]  
Thank you to ALDI for sponsoring
 the ALDI Heartland Invitational 2019 Events
The 2018 ALDI Heartland Invitational Tournament was held over two weekends at the  Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, Olathe Soccer Complex
& Wyandotte Sporting Fields. This tournament continued its reputation as the biggest and the best tournament in the Kansas City area as 303 girls' teams took the field November 2-4, 2018 and 498 boys' teams took the field
 November 9-11, 2018.  These teams came from all around the KC metro area along with teams traveling in from  Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas,   Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota 
and South Dakota. 
Congratulations to all the teams that competed in the 
ALDI Heartland Invitational, end-of-the-year showdown!

A very special thank you to ALDI for your continued support of The ALDI Heartland Invitational! 

ALDI's Mark Bersted presenting the check to Executive Director, Shane Hackett.

  1. This season is officially in the books, how did this Fall go? Fall 2019 was a terrific season ending with record numbers of kids playing in the ALDI Heartland Invitational Tournament. 
  2. Spring online registration is now open, what are your expectations for next season? Our upcoming spring season will feature 9 new all turf fields with the official opening of the Olathe Soccer Complex. We are expecting more teams to travel into KC to play league play on turf at our four complexes: Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, Sporting Wyanadotte Fields, Swope Soccer Village and Olathe Soccer Complex.  
  3. What kind of feedback have you received on the Olathe Soccer Complex? We were very fortunate to get early access on the first six fields at the Olathe Soccer Complex. The fields are the top of the line soccer specific Shaw Turf. Reaction to the facility has been tremendous.  The final 3 fields are under construction and we are planning a grand opening for our spring season.  
  4. The 3rd Annual Heartland Soccer gala is in less than 3 months, why should people sign up and attend? Our annual awards gala has become everything I could have dreamed of and more. The initial concept was to recognize the coaches, players, administrators and referees. As you know, the gala has sold out each year and it's so wonderful to see all of these people recognized for their contributions and dedication to the game of soccer. If you haven't attended, I highly recommend you get tickets early while they are still available. 
  5. With Thanksgiving coming up, what are you and the Heartland staff most thankful for? Over the years, I've been lucky enough to get to know a lot of people in our soccer community as we work together. I've got to meet their kids and sometimes their kids as they grow up. I'm thankful for these relationships and friendships. Some of my best friends in life are people I grew up playing soccer with and some are people I've worked with at Heartland over the years. 

Congratulations Minsky's Gift Card Winners!
During the ALDI HIT tournament players placed Minsky's stickers on 
their water bottles for a chance to win FREE PIZZA from Minsky's

2018 has been great for Heartland Soccer and Minsky's Pizza! 
Minsky's is incredibly proud to be a major partner with Heartland Soccer and we'd like to show our  appreciation with some real savings. Minsky's has a special deal just for Heartland Soccer players and families: Enjoy 15% off your team or group dinner when you reserve an event room or book a party of ten or more at Minsky's!  

At Minsky's there's never a fee to reserve private rooms. Several of our locations offer multiple HD TV's with your favorite sports on the big screen, arcade rooms and of course, all locations offer free Wi-Fi. See photos of each Minsky's location and view all amenities at
Don't forget to stop by Minsky's new Olathe location - right in front of the Olathe Soccer Complex on Ridgeview Road! This  location seats up to 200 guests and includes a full bar, outdoor patio and private party room for up to 50 people! You will also find our full menu of gourmet pizzas, creamy pastas, hot calzones, fresh appetizers, crisp salads - and of course - a large selection of gluten-free options for our patrons.
To book your group or find out more about private rooms, just speak to the store manager at the  location nearest you . We know you'll love Minsky's friendly service and, if you've not yet tried Minsky's Pizza, you're in for a delicious gourmet treat! 
Click here  and we'll email you right back with a 15% off coupon good for your next group dinner - plus other great dollar-saving deals in the future - all to say thanks for being a part of Heartland Soccer!
Health Tip:
Common Cold vs. The Flu

You're not feeling well, but how do you know whether it's a cold or the flu? 
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What is the flu and how is it different from the common cold? Is it really that serious?
Expert answer:  The flu is very serious. It's a major killer around the world. On the outside, it differs from a cold because of the severity of its symptoms - it leads to high fevers, body aches and respiratory symptoms. Something else that makes the flu really dangerous is while the immune system is busy fighting it off, other issues can sneak in. Many times, when you read about deaths from the flu, they are deaths resulting from bacterial pneumonia that starts after the flu, when your body is already weak.
How do I know if I have the flu or a cold?
Expert answer:  Initially when the flu starts it can seem like a cold - a runny nose and all over "yucky" feeling. But, within a couple of days, it can become a lot worse and bring muscle pains, a spike in fever and coughing. Children (and some adults) with the flu may also have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Use your best judgement and get to the doctor as soon as possible if you suspect you have the flu.

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   Papa J ohn's Heartland Referee Spotlight:

Colin Frier started reffing in 2013, and was certified to referee because he played soccer and decided it would be a good way to make money. Colin says his favorite part about reffing is being able to meet all different kinds of people he also said "I also like that I am more knowledgeable about the sport I play and love to watch." Some big life lessons Colin says he has learned from his time of being a ref is how to manage and not manage a game, as well as important communication skills. When Colin is not reffing for Heartland, you can find him on the field for Olathe Northwest High School Soccer, KC Fusion Soccer Club, or on the tennis court for the Ravens. Colin is involved in e-Communication, a multi-media program at high school.  And says "I enjoy that (e-communications) the most because I get to make films... which is something I'd like to do for the rest of my life" says Colin. In addition to being a referee, Colin works for QuikTrip. He says "[it is] very different from refereeing. You do not have complete control over your hours and things move at a faster pace. Of course, both jobs require quick thinking and are big responsibilities." When asked what kind of movies he likes Colin said "I like all kinds of movies, most notably action, adventure, and comedy. I also like crime movies. My top 3 movies are "Blazing Saddles", "The Godfather" and "The Usual Suspects". The last movie I saw was "The Game" by David Fincher. It was a thriller, so a little different than what I usually watch. I like fast-paced movies and adventurous storylines." Congratulations to Colin for being the Papa John's Heartland Referee Spotlight winner!

Ryan Frier, Colin's dad also received the Papa John's Heartland Referee Spotlight for November. Ryan started referring in 2008, he says his favorite part about being a referee is being able to do something and connect with his son, Colin, and to make some money. The biggest life lesson that Ryan has learned about reffing is being responsible for your own actions. Ryan had played soccer for over 30 years before he decided to hang up the cleats due to bad knees. In addition to reffing, Ryan said he also sells wine and spirits. Outside of soccer, Ryan enjoys reading historical biographies, especially those that are about our presidents. Right now, he is reading a biography about Richard Nixon! Thank you, Ryan, for what you do and congratulations on the Papa John's Referee Spotlight!
Dear All,

We all hope you had a fun and successful Fall season, we have seen some fantastic games and match ups and with the introduction of so many world class surfaces, the standard of play has been excellent.

We at Heartland want to thank everyone of you for supporting our organization, by playing in our league and our tournaments.

Please remember to get your registrations in early for the Spring 2019 season. Registration is open and the deadline is noon on January 7 th
Please remember to be accurate with your multiple team conflicts, weekends off and seeding info.

Every team needs to put seeding info in their application. We will base the seedings on Fall results but it is always helpful to receive extra information. That way we can get as close as possible to having very competitive divisions.

See you all in the Spring!!

Thank you,
Heartland Staff
Contributed by: Kyle Atkins-FIFA Assistant Referee

I have had a lot of help getting to where I am now. Family, friends, colleagues, mentors, assessors, coaches and administrators have all played a part in my appointment to the FIFA Panel of Assistant Referees. There is one person in particular though, that I want to draw special attention to; Mike Steck.

Mike has been a mainstay in the Kansas Soccer scene for 30+ years. You may have seen him pull up in his pickup truck, with trailer and personal golf cart in tow, to soccer fields across the KC Metro area.

My first interaction with Mike was incredibly significant to me. June 7, 2007, Mike was assigned to be my referee assessor for my grade 7 upgrade assessment. The match was during Kansas State Cup, KCFC Alliance v. Kansas Rush U19 boys, out at Lone Elm. I was so nervous before the game, and I must have looked it because I remember Mike pulling me aside for a quick word before I went to the field. He said, "This is still just a game of soccer, just like the many you have worked before. Go out and do your thing and you'll be fine." His small pep talk might not have calmed my nerves, but it did give me a boost of confidence and the reassurance I needed to be successful.

That first assessment from Mike sent me on the path to where I am today. Since that day back in 2007, I've gotten to work with Mike many times, and have been able to get to know him. He is as genuine and kind a person as you will ever meet, and while I don't get to see him as much anymore, I always appreciate his impact on my life. So when I had the opportunity to recently to visit with him again, I made sure to give him something that he helped make possible; my FIFA badge.

Always remember and appreciate the people who have helped you on your journey. Without them, you wouldn't be where you are now.

Thank you Mike.

Kyle Atkins
FIFA Assistant Referee

The Referee Corner
How do you earn a Yellow Card?

You are sitting on the sidelines watching your team play.  One of your players is going for the ball at the same time a defender is challenging them.  There is some contact. When I watch these matches I hear some fans say, "that has to be a Yellow Card".  This month we will look at the Laws of the Game to understand how players earn a caution (aka, Yellow Card).
Cautions (aka Yellow Cards) are outlined in Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct:
Cautionable offences:    A player is cautioned if guilty of:
  • Delaying the restart of play
  • Dissent by word or action
  • Entering, re-entering or deliberately leaving the field of play without the Referee's permission
  • Failing to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw-in
  • Persistent offences (no specific number or pattern of offences constitutes "persistent")
  • Unsporting behavior
Cautions for unsporting behavior:   There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behavior including if a player:
  • Attempts to deceive the Referee e.g. by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled (simulation)
  • Changes places with the goalkeeper during play without the Referee's permission
  • Commits in a reckless manner a direct free kick offence
  • Handles the ball to interfere with or stop a promising attack
  • Commits afoul which interferes with or stops a promising attack except where the Referee award a penalty kick for an offence which was an attempt to play the ball
  • Denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by an offence which was an attempt to play the ball and the Referee awards a penalty kick
  • Handles the ball in an attempt to score a goal (whether or not the attempt is successful) or in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent a goal
  • Makes unauthorized marks on the field of play
  • Plays the ball when leaving the field of play after being given permission to leave
  • Shows a lack of respect for the game
  • Used a deliberate trick to pass the ball (including from a free kick) to the goalkeeper with the head, chest, knee etc. to circumvent the Law, whether or not the goalkeeper touches the ball with the hands
  • Verbally distracts an opponent during play or at a restart
Celebration of a goal:   Players can celebrate when a goal is scored, but the celebration must not be excessive; choreographed celebrations are not encouraged and must not cause excessive time-wasting.  A player must be cautioned for:
  • Climbing onto a perimeter fence and/or approaching the spectators in a manner which causes safety and/or security issues
  • Gesturing or acting in a provocative, derisory or inflammatory way
  • Covering the head or face with a mask or other similar item
  • Removing the shirt or covering the head with the shirt
Delaying the restart of play:   The Referee must caution players who delay the restart of play by:
  • Appearing to take a throw-in but suddenly leaving it to a team-mate to take
  • Delaying leaving the field of play when being substituted
  • Excessively delaying a restart
  • Kicking or carrying the ball away, or provoking confrontation by deliberately touching the ball after the Referee has stopped play
  • Taking a free kick from the wrong position to force a retake
When you look at this part of Law 12 you immediately recognize that there is a lot of discretion provided to the Referee based on phrases like deliberate trickery, excessively delaying, deliberately touching, reckless, etc.  That is why you will many times see the Referee warn the player and not directly issue the caution. When the Referee determines that one of the above conditions has occurred and the player is acting deliberately or excessively they are instructed to issue the Caution.  
Referees are also instructed in the meaning of the terms careless, reckless and excessive force.  Here are the definitions provided in Law 12:
  • Careless is when a player shows a lack of attention or consideration when making a challenge or acts without precaution.  No disciplinary sanction is needed.
  • Reckless is when a player acts with disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, an opponent and must be cautioned
  • Using excessive force is when a player exceeds the necessary use of force and/or endangers the safety of an opponent and must be sent off
So how can you tell if a foul is careless or reckless?
This is a lot to process in a short amount of time.  What is FAIR and what is SAFE? Is this an easy decision for an experienced Referee to make?  No. It isn't an easy decision for a new Referee to make either. How can we get more consistent decisions?   Let's use the same process we talked about last month when reviewing Handling.
  1. If you have questions (or complaints) let your coach know.  If the coach agrees, then we go to step 2.
  2. Coaches should share the concerns with the Referee Assignor (this helps us identify the specific Referee.  We will talk with them and help them to understand the application of the Law as shared above. We might assign a more experienced Mentor to work with the Referee to improve their understanding of handling.)
  3. You want the new Referees to come back next week, so we can help them improve.  If they don't come back, we all get to start over and that is not the way to resolve the problem.
Thank you for reviewing the Laws of the Game and helping us build the Referee teams that make Heartland Soccer Association the league of choice in the Midwest.

The Coaches Corner:
 Training the 3-3-1

The advance movements start with recycling the play. The reason why, is when the team understands how to 'start again' with the defenders/goalkeeper in possession of the ball, they can repeat other advanced movements being coached without stopping. Repetition is key for players to understand where they should be and how the movement pattern should be completed.

Players should start with 3 open grids behind the defense. In order to recycle the play, when either full back receives the ball:

* Ball travels towards a FB
* The CB must drop back into the open middle grid (Fig.2.4a), to create an angled pass away from any potential opposing players. This also creates a triangle between the 3 defenders.
* The full back passes to the CB after which all players now reset into their original grids. (Fig.2.4b)
* The CB can now pass and 'switch' the ball to the other side of the field away from the opposition (Fig.2.4c).

Kansas ODP Players Training in Overland Park & Wichita

For questions on the Kansas ODP program please email Amy Cramer at [email protected] For more information on Kansas ODP check out the KSYSA website by clicking HERE .

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