The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
January 2019
Happy New Year from Heartland Soccer Association!

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.
2018/19 Heartland Numbers

Fall league teams '18
Spring league teams '19
League players 
Tournament teams
Tournament players 

RSVP for the event by purchasing your tickets through the 
appropriate soccer association.  This needs to be done in 
order to do the appropriate seating arrangements.

If you are a Heartland award winner, then buy your tickets through Heartland Soccer Association by clicking the ticket.

If you are a KSYSA award winner, then buy your tickets through Kansas Youth Soccer by clicking the ticket.  
Concussion ImPACT Testing

2019 Referee Meeting 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.  

2019 Referee Meeting Dates
Mon Feb 4
Mon Mar 4
Wed Apr 3
Thur May 2
Mon Aug 5
Mon Sept 9
Wed Oct 2
Thur Nov 7

Mentors meet 6 - 6:45 pm and Referees meet 7 - 8:30 pm   
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:
Thank you to all our sponsors for the gift cards.
We appreciate your continued support of 
Heartland Soccer and our Referee Mentor Program!
Dave & Buster's, Overland Park is now open! Be our guest and get $20 in FREE Game Play! Eat. Drink. Play. Watch Sports
First time checking out The Midfielder?
Executive Director Shane Hackett explains why this is a 
great tool for players, coaches and parents. 
2018 Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Kansas Youth Soccer 

Award Winners! Winners will be celebrated at the 2018 

Awards Gala on February 2nd, 2019!



2018 Presidential Exemplary Service Award 
Presented to 
Frank Alonso & Family

This award is the most prestigious award bestowed on a KSYSA Member.  

It is presented by the Kansas State Youth Soccer Association to an individual(s) who serve with integrity, honor, humor and humility.  They have demonstrated a lifetime of dedication to coaching and/or educating players in a youth soccer community. Made significant contributions to youth players on and off the
 field by instilling the principles of good sportsmanship, 
development of the player, and promotion of the game of soccer
 within the state of Kansas.  

The first ever recipient of this prominent award is Francisco "Frank" X. Alonso, Manhattan High School Head Coach and Sporting Kaw Valley Club Coach, for his
 decades of service to developing soccer in Manhattan, Kansas at all levels and impacting the lives of thousands of player until his passing on November 4, 2018 at the young age of 52.  He will be missed by many but his legacy on soccer within Kansas will now live on forever.

The immediate family members will be the guest of honor at the 
Kansas Youth Soccer Annual Awards Gala.
Use this Snapcode 
for a chance to win 
a $25 Minsky's gift card!

Announcing the Winners of our #HeartlandSoccer 'Social Media Giveaway'
Congratulations Nicole Deshon Sowell! Your picture
 was selected as the Winner  of the December Social
 Media Contest.  To claim your $25 Minsky's Gift Certificate
 please email [email protected]

This Month in History: January

Luis Alberto Suárez Diaz will turn 32 on January 24 th . Suárez is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Barcelona. He also plays with the Uruguay national team. He started his football career in 2003 for the club Nacional. He won his first trophy in 2010, the KNVB Cup, and was also named Dutch Footballer of the Year as a member of the club Ajax. In 2014 he was transferred from Liverpool to Barcelona in a transfer worth €82.3 million. In Barcelona he helped the club win a historic second continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Luis Suárez national play is no short of amazing as well. He is the all-time leading goal scorer for Uruguay. He helped Uruguay achieve a fourth place finish at the 2010 World Cup.

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Kansas City - In The Heart of It All

#KC2026 #United2026

Upload a photo of yourself or team while attending the Heartland Awards Nights at the KC Comets game on December 15th or 22nd with  #Heartlandsoccer

US Youth Futsal has launched a new logo and  website:
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 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 15-17
Academy Sports Shop Event for Heartland Soccer
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


Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees!
We look forward to celebrating our 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees at the 2019 Annual Awards Gala on  February 2 nd , 2019!

2018 and 2019 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.

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.  
Player of the Month - NOMINATE YOUR PLAYER

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

For more information  CLICK HERE
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]  

Hello, 2019!
Happy New Year! We, at Heartland Soccer Association, are excited for what will be another successful year. In 2019, we are looking forward to welcoming over  1,300 teams to play in our league and host 8 tournaments over 9 weekends. 

The Border Battle, February 22-24th, kicks off the spring season and will be held at the SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex where approximately 200 teams will compete, traveling in from more than 4 states. This tournament annually attracts ECNL, NPL, State and Regional champion teams. Each year this tourney sells out and 2019 won't be any different. Registration for the Border Battle closes February 1st. Register today!

Heartland will go on to host 3 more tournaments during the spring season; KC Champions Cup, Midwest Mother's Day Classic and the Kansas City Invitational. Each tournament will have anywhere from 250- 450 teams facing off. Registration for KC Champions Cup is now open and goes until March 4th. Sign up today

On top of the incredible competition, The Olathe Soccer Complex will be up and running welcoming in teams for both league and tournament play. With the addition of another world class turf complex in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Heartland continues to have some of the biggest and best facilities in the country. 

As our local soccer community continues to grow, the need for new and experienced referees continues. Becoming a ref is a great way to get involved and make some money. We hope you join our team! Please visit to sign up!

As you may or may not know, Heartland Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, lead and administrate youth soccer. Your donations and sponsorship are very much appreciated and we hope you consider supporting us in 2019!

We hope your new year is off to a great start and we can't wait to see what 2019 brings!

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Heartland Soccer Announces the 
2018 Award Winners to be recognized at the 3rd Annual Heartland Awards Gala on February 2, 2019

Administrator of the Year: 
Nicole Fegus
Andy Weber
Andrew Fletcher
Tammy Panarisi
Annie Brooks
Tom Holmes
Kristy Watson
Special Recognition-Individuals that go above and beyond:
Rocky Denney
Alee Phillips
Sean Molen 
Ralph Garvin
Mark Smith
Girls Coach of the Year:
Danielle Orel
Dan Brown
Steve Loy
Matt Allen
Chris Katterhenry
Boys Coach of the Year:
Brian Hoffman
Joe Comparato
Elizabeth Barton
Mike Welch
William Malott
Tim Chik
Heartland Soccer Hall of Fame Individual:
Rob Mogren
Andy Barney
Alan Krause
Jeff Dimon
David Hejduk
Heartland Soccer Hall of Fame Player:
Haley Hanson 
Matt Besler
Assistant referee Outstanding Performer:
Britnee Miller
Jarrett Boeschen
Nicholas Schmidt
Iron Man Award:
Alan Rosenak
Du Le
Wilbert Odums
Mourad Kahlil
Andreas Georgiou
Tiffany Ngo
John Knapp
Field Marshall of the Year:
Travis Feeback
Kenda Bartkowski
Rookie of the Year:
Brayden Souter
Andrew Brown
Angela Deflorio
Most Improved Referee:
Logan Clark
Cole Moberly
Lucas Cuejilo
Grace Hall
Referee of the Year:
TJ Lipari
Corporate Partner of the Year:
HCA Midwest Health
Sporting KC
Distinguishged Service Award:
Len Boxler

Congratulations to all the Award Winners! 
Heartland Soccer Thanks you for your hard work
 and dedication to growing soccer in our community.
Please join us in recognizing the individuals at our 3rd Annual Awards Gala. it's a night you won't want to miss. To get your tickets click here

Get Involved in 2019!
There are many ways to get involved and help support the soccer community. Heartland is constantly looking for more referees to help facilitate the game of soccer. Heartland has created a Referee Development Academy Program to help young referees learn and develop, much like the youth players on the field.  We provide training, guidance and mentoring for young referees. There are many other perks that come with becoming a Heartland referee such as fun, monthly meetings where you can network, play games and win prizes. 
If you have any questions or to sign up, please email our assignor at [email protected]

If becoming a ref isn't your thing, you can become a Field Marshal, which is a league ambassador. As a Field Marshal you are responsible for all public relation aspects during your assigned shift. Field Marshals are also responsible forensuring safety, doing your best to keep your assigned fields on schedule, and being the Adult support for the Referee team. If you're interested, contact Richard at [email protected]

Becoming a sponsor of Heartland is another great way to get involved and to connect with the community. Heartland Soccer offers a variety of ways area businesses can connect in a meaningful way with the Heartland audience. Elements include a full line of  digital, paper, social media, field signage and more. For more information on how you can partner with Heartland Soccer contact Bridgette at [email protected]

We currently have a few job openings and are always looking for interns! If you're interested in joining our team, please click here or email us at  [email protected] 

  1. What are you looking forward to the most about 2019?  I'm looking forward to the Spring opening of the Olathe Soccer Complex. Nine world class Shaw Turf fields will allow all our league and tournament games to be played on turf for the first time in our 42 year history.  
  2. What is your favorite thing about spring league play? I love spring in general. The weather is usually great for soccer.  It's not too hot and not too cold.  
  3. Why should someone sign up for a Heartland tournament this year?  Heartland Tournaments are different from most other tournaments as we have so many divisions that you will play teams of equal talent so all your games are competitive.  Additionally, all our games are on world class turf and at fantastic soccer complexes. Quite frankly, we are lucky to have all of these incredible soccer facilities.
  4. Each season, Heartland continues to grow with the teams participating. Why do you think it continues to be such a a success?  We've been doing this for a long time. 42 years serving the greater Kansas City area and the midwest. Our goal is great customer service and to program games at all levels.  
  5. What advice would you give the coaches as they begin preparing for the upcoming season? Enjoy your kids.  As a father of five that coached for many years, I miss coaching. Sometimes we get focused too much on winning. I know I did, it's the competitive player in me. Our goal should be creating a great competitive experience for our children. Learn to enjoy the process and the game, not just winning.   
  6. Heartland has a new logo! Why the change? It's an update. We continue to grow and wanted to reflect a more modern look and feel. 

Strength Training for Everyone
Since Arnold Schwarzenegger flaunted his bulging biceps and quads in the 1977 docudrama "Pumping Iron," the rule of thigh (if not thumb) has been that to get strong you need to lift weights that are uber-heavy - or collapse trying.
Well, we have a new mantra: Pump less and flex more.
Start light - five pounds for starters
Sometimes it's hard to know how much weight is enough when you're trying to build a little muscle. The solution is this - don't start with anything higher than five pounds. Starting with lighter weights will help protect you from injury. Ultimately, you want a weight you can lift at least eight times, but no more than 12. Adjust the weight as you get stronger.
Train to threshold
Do two sets of eight to 12 repetitions, resting for about 45 seconds between sets. The muscles worked should feel pretty tired at the end of the set, as if they can't lift the weight one more time. This is called training to threshold, and it makes your body feel younger!
Prime your posture
Form, too, is important when you strength train. Your head should be in line with your spine, and you should have a natural arch in your lower back. Don't lock your knees. Keep your wrists straight and firm. Pull your shoulder blades slightly toward each other and down. Lift your chest up and out. You should be able to steadily lift the weight while keeping your form. And remember to breathe! This helps keep your blood pressure in check.
Shoot for 30 percent for the best results
Working out at 30 percent of your maximum strength until you are too fatigued to do one more rep is the smart, safe way to do strength training (muscle fatigue can occur in as little as two minutes), so use weights that are just a third of the heaviest weight you can safely manage. For example, if you can do one biceps curl with a 10-pound weight that you curl up to your shoulder, a three-pound weight is smart for reps.
The 30 percent approach builds serious muscle strength and keeps the whole body humming at a higher burn rate for longer than if you pumped fewer but heavier reps. It also helps fight off extra pounds, keep diabetes at bay, and avoid injury to tendons and ligaments, so if you want to get rid of belly fat - as well as chase away anxiety - take the light and long road to muscle tone and power.
  To learn more about HCA Midwest Health visit us online at 
Dear All,

A big Happy New Year to you all from everyone at Heartland Soccer Association!!!!

We hope you are all staying warm and enjoying your winter seasons, whether you are travelling, playing outdoor, indoor, Futsal or taking some time off.

Registration is complete, we are now beginning to seed the teams into divisions for the Spring season. We will take into account any seeding requests that we have received, but ultimately the divisions will be formed from the results produced in the previous seasons. That is the fairest way for everything to be done. Ultimately we are trying to form the most competitive flights that we can. That should ensure that all games are of a equal standard for the teams playing.

Thanks as always for participating in our league and tournaments, we truly appreciate your support.

See you on the Fields!!

Heartland Staff
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The Referee Blog
Soccer: A beautiful game that teaches life lessons

W hy do players play soccer?  There must be a 
number of reasons someone would go to practice several days a week in the cold and the rain and the heat to be a part of a soccer team.  One of the reasons could be to win. However, on every field, half of the players don't get that result, but they 
come back week after week. It must be more than just winning - wouldn't you agree?

Is it learning a new set of skills?  Playing a game with your feet is not easy especially when you are tired.  It may look easy to the fans, but when you try and do it yourself, you realize that moving at pace with defenders in front of you trying to take the ball away from you is not easy at all.  And running to space when you are tired and might not get the ball. That takes commitment.

Is it the opportunity to be with a team and to develop friendships that could last a life time?  We would all agree that this is certainly a part of why. Every summer teams reform. Players go to new teams for a variety of reasons.  These reasons help us understand why the players play soccer. It could be to be with a new coach and be challenged to learn new skills. It could be to rejoin with friends for the enjoyment of the game.  And, for many players, it is the opportunity to compete and to have that special opportunity to win (a league, a tournament or even State Cup). There are many reasons why players play soccer.

Why do people become Soccer Referees?  Now that is another good question.  Again, there must be a number of reasons why someone would pick up a whistle or a flag and wear the uniform of a soccer Referee.  Referees don't win or lose games, so we can eliminate this as a reason for becoming a soccer Referee.

Is it to learn new information?  It is interesting when you observe a new Referee Certification class.  You have players who have been playing the game for their entire life (OK, a 13 year old that has been playing for 5 years may not be an entire life, but it is a big part of their life) who say they become an even better players when they understand the Laws of the Game.

Is it to protect the players?   3 years ago, we had a young lady attend the Entry Level Clinic.  When we asked the students why they wanted to be Referees, she had a compelling story.  She was a player and got tackled from behind in a match resulting in her having her leg broken.  When we asked if the Referee called a foul for that tackle, she said NO and that was her reason for wanting to be a Referee.  She said broken legs should be a reason for calling a foul.

Is it because they think they could do better than the people that they have had as Referees?  Again, the new students have many stories to tell about the mistakes Referees have made in their matches. They want to see soccer played in a fair way and are confident they can deliver this result because of their love of the game.

Is it because they get paid?  This is a factor for many of our young Referees.  This is their first job. And getting paid - well that is worth working for.  When they realize they are being paid to be managers (of from 14 - 22 players, coaches, substitutes and fans), that causes many of them to excel.

What we can say for sure is they don't become Referees to get hollered at by people that don't know the Laws of the game. I know we have said it before, but the primary complaint of our Referees is getting hollered at by the fans. It is the primary reason many of them don't come back.

As you enjoy the winter break (I know that many of you are active in Futsal so there is no break) please think about these questions.  Coaches have a passion for the sport and for the kids. They want to bring out the best in their players and they want to win. They also want their team members to develop their natural persistence, determination, discipline, dedication, resiliency, leadership skills, work ethic, heart, and respect for others - not only in soccer competition, but in life.

And ask yourself why you are on the sidelines every week.  Should your answer to these questions be in the affirmative, consider being a Referee for Heartland.  To learn about the classes and to register for an Entry Level Clinic,
please click on this link on how to become a certified Referee .

The Referees, like the players, are doing their best job based on their experience.  What happens when the parents think they made the wrong call? If we treated a player who missed a potential goal by shouting at them, would the player come back?  If they did, would they be willing to put themselves out there again?

The life lesson is that everyone makes a mistake (it is the price of being willing to get into the arena and compete).  If experience will make a better Referee, then let's make sure we are giving the young Referees the courage to learn and to try again.  Every State Referee started young, made mistakes and learned. Thank you for supporting our young Referees. We will continue to work with them to make them more effective.  We need your support and your help to make this happen. See you in the Spring.

   Papa J ohn's Heartland Referee Spotlight:

Q & A with the Nosworthy's

When did you start reffing? 
Chris: Spring of 2015
Patricia: 2016
What made you decide to get certified to referee? 
Chris: I've played most of my life and it is a fun way to make money.
Patricia: My brother convinced me and its good money.
What is your favorite part about reffing? 
Chris:  Making the game fun for the players but still following the laws.
Patricia: The money and getting to understand soccer more.
What is a life lesson you feel you have learned from reffing? 
Chris:  Having confidence
Patricia: Be confident and know what you are doing.
What level of referee do you aspire to be? 
Chris:  I would love to be a part of a state game. 
Patricia: Level 5
Do you play soccer? 
Chris:  Yes, I've played for rush since second grade and played all 4 years of high school. We won state my senior year on varsity.
How long have you played soccer?
Chris: 10 years
Do you participate in any other activities?
Chris:    I played football, basketball and ran track in middle school. In high school, in addition to soccer, I am on the varsity wrestling team. I didn't make the basketball team freshman year so I tried wrestling and enjoyed it. I wrestled all 4 years and am having a good season so far. My favorite thing about it is that feeling of getting your hand raised when you win a match.
Patricia: I participate in volleyball and swimming. I play in PVA club volleyball currently and am getting better! I enjoy hitting the ball in volleyball and winning.
Do you have another job in addition to reffing? 
Chris:  I also work at Dairy Queen and I work for Postmates which is like Uber eats.
What was the last book you read? 
Chris:  The last book I read was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I had to read it for school and it was very interesting. 
Patricia:  I read animal farm and it was about the revolt in animals similar to the Russian revolution and my favorite part about the book was when the animals started to realize that they were better off with the human that they revolted against instead of their animal leader.
What types of movies do you like? 
Chris:     I like action movies especially Marvel. The last movie I saw though was Ralph breaks the internet and it was very cool and funny.
Patricia: I like action and romance movies the last movie I watched was Bohemian Rhapsody. My favorite part of the movie was when Freddie finally realized that he needed his band and that he couldn't sing alone.
What is your favorite sports team? 
Chris:  The Chiefs are my favorite sports team.
Patricia: I like the chiefs 

The Coaches Corner:

Warm up 2

Warm-Up - Chain Tag (15 minutes)
All of the players move freely in a limited area.  One player is 'It'. Everyone he tags becomes part of the 'Chain' by holding the 'It' player's hand.  The game continues until everyone has been tagged.

Coaching Points
Work as a team
Goal setting - who to go after
Deceptive movements to avoid being tagged
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