The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
April 2019

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 
Tournament Referees
Tournament Coaches 

Registration is Now Closed 
2019 Midwest Mother's Day Classic
SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex
Olathe Soccer Complex
May 10 - 12, 2019

Concussion ImPACT Testing
2019 Kansas City Invitational
SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex
May 24 - 26, 2019

Registration Deadline:
Apr. 22nd, 2019

Kansas City Invitational is the single largest soccer tournament in Kansas City and consistently sells out. This tournament offers four different levels of competition: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Recreational. Teams have traveled from 10 different states to play in the Kansas City Invitational. Seeding of teams ensures that everyone can compete against opponents of their own ability level.
All Kansas City Invitational games will be played at the  SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex.

Mark Alford is the Preferred Realtor of Heartland Soccer

Mark Alford has been coming into your home as morning news anchor for 21 years. The trusted face and voice of Kansas City is a strong supporter of youth soccer and has donated his time and talents to Heartland Soccer Association over the years.

"Mark Alford has been an enthusiastic supporter of our youth soccer
community and we are excited to have Mark Alford, the team leader of
Vortexkc/Chartwell as the "Preferred Realtor of Heartland Soccer."
explained Shane Hackett, Executive Director.  "Mark continues to emcee
many of soccer events throughout the year and has a passion for kids and
families.  That's a great trait for helping families find their next

Mark is a multimillion dollar producer, marketing and selling homes from  $2.5 million dollars, down to $67,000.

"It's NOT the price, it's the EXPERIENCE that makes the difference" says  Alford. "It's about changing lives and helping people make memories."

And it's because of Mark Alford's dedication, experience, passion and
CONNECTION with youth soccer and the Kansas City Metro that Heartland  Soccer Association is proud to name Vortexkc as our "Preferred Realtor."

"I'm deeply honored to take on this role", says Alford. "Heartland Soccer
is about promoting family, building memories and developing talents, many  of the SAME things VORTEXKC is about. I'm so excited to get to know the  families involved on a much deeper level."

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May 10-12
Midwest Mother's Day Classic / League Play
May 17-19
Rainout Weekend
May 24-26
Kansas City Invitational Tournament
May 26 and 29 Heartland Awards Night at Sporting KC

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
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:

Congratulations to our April Gift Card Winners!
Thank you SCHEELS for providing gift cards. We appreciate your continued support of Heartland Soccer and our Referee Mentor Program!
Celeste Nabors, Austin Rowe, Hadley Lo, Payton Burnett, Colby King, Austin Lo, Ben Weiland, Steven Ledgerwood, Luke Haskins, Ryan Shulz 

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

Dick O'Leary, Logan Clark, Farrell Lewis, Sean Fischbach, Brad Gaunt
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. 
Announcing the Winners of our Academy Sports + Outdoors  'Social Media Giveaway' $50 Gift Card Give Away #AcademySports #HeartlandSoccer

Krissy Kleinschmidt Willard's Post: "My momma #10.... played on all boys teams because there weren't any girls teams when she grew up"

Ni cole Oehme's Post: "Coach Frank Alonso really inspired my 13 year old son. Sadly he passed away after a battle with cancer a few months ago 
but he was an amazing coach and man and he left a strong soccer legacy 
in Manhattan!" 

This Month in History: April
April 6, 1996

The first official Major League Soccer (MLS) game was played on April 6, 1996. The game was between the San Jose Clash and D.C United. San Jose defeated D.C United in the match. The match was broadcast on ESPN and was played before 31,000 fans at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The league was able to garner some attenti
 on as they had players in the MLS who had just played in the 1994
World Cup. Americans wanted to see these talented players first hand therefore the games were becoming a popular event to go to. The league began with just 10 teams in 1996 and has now grown to include a total of 23 teams across North America. The MLS has continued to expand over the years and has plans for moreexpansion teams. The MLS is also striving to secure top talent to show that American Soccer and can be successful.

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The Referee Blog
Referee Mentors - The Heartland League Edge!    

The Spring season is finally underway.  You brought your players to the complex.  You are thankful that your team is playing on turf and that the restrooms have running water.  The teams check in, warm up and then the starters take the field.

Two teams wait for the Referee to blow the whistle to start the match.  A moment in time. The team taking the kickoffs is thinking about scoring a goal.  The defending team is thinking about winning the ball and then scoring a goal. And the Referee teams are thinking about ... What thoughts do you imagine they are having at the start of the match?

If you have ever been a Referee or know one, you have the advantage about what is going on in their mind.  Let's all learn about what the Referee team is thinking about, so we are all on the same page:
  • We look like Referees who care in our uniforms.  We are trained and ready to go - right?
  • The Referee:
    • Do I remember all the Laws of the Game?  What were the 13 fouls that result in a Direct Free Kick restart?  What about the 8 infractions that restart with an Indirect Free Kick?  What will the players, coaches and fans do when I blow the whistle?
  • The Assistant Referees:
    • They are reviewing Law 11 so they can correctly call offside.  Which defender is the 2 nd last defender?  What about deflections?  Will I get the out of bounds call right so the parents and coaches won't yell at me?
The Referee blows the whistle.  It is game time. Time for the Referee team to ask themselves what do we do next?  What did the mentor talk to us about in the last game? They said get close to play so you can see contact.  Time to move with the ball and keep play between the Assistant Referee and myself. The Assistant Referee is lining up with the 2 nd last defender and see that an attacker is closer to the goal line than the defender she is lined up with and watching.  I have to keep an eye on who plays the ball next.

An attacking player plays the ball and their team mate (the one in the offside position) run and collects the ball and turns to attack the goal.  The Assistant Referee recalls that the mentor said, "if I am 100% sure, raise the flag!" Last week I wasn't sure, so I didn't raise the flag and the coaches yelled.  But I am sure now. I will raise the flag. The Referee sees the flag go up. Last week I missed the flag and the parents yelled. I see it now. Blow the whistle loud enough to stop play.  I will do that. Play stops for the offside infraction. The ball is going the other way. We got it right!
After the match the mentor points this decision out.  Progress in week 2.

The Referee would learn how to do a better job on their own.  It would take longer than it does when you have a mentor in your corner.  On the field during matches training - that is the Heartland League edge. Your board invested in the Heartland Mentor program before any other league did in the area.  The Heartland program is the most mature and advanced program in the Midwest because of their investments and commitment to providing you with the best league environment.  The Mentor program exists to make the Heartland League experience even better. We thank the Board, KSYSA and all the coaches for their support. When you see the Board members, tell them Thank you.  And when you see a mentor on the field, you can do the same.



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]  
2019 US Soccer National C License Course

Kansas Youth Soccer is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a US Soccer C License Course this year along with United Soccer Coaches!

Click Here for more information & to register for the courses.

2018 Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)

Border Battle '19
KC Champions Cup '19 482
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 12 states and Canada.
2019 Spring State Cup Dates!
The Spring 2019 Kansas State Cup, Kansas Presidents Cup 
& Kansas Junior State Cup will be held at the new Olathe
Soccer Complex between the dates May 28 th - June 6 th , 2019!!!!
  Come out and watch the most competitive youth teams in the
 state compete for a State Championship! Go to to find more information as 
we get closer to the event.


Contact: Bridgette Samuelson
Director of Tournament Operations

Discount Tire Signs Three-Year Sponsorship Deal with the Heartland Soccer Association and the Kansas City Champions Cup

Overland Park, KS (March, 12th 2019) - Heartland Soccer Association, a nonprofit organization, is delighted to announce that Discount Tire has become the Official Tire Supplier of Heartland Soccer Association, as well as the new title sponsor of the Kansas City Champions Cup Driven by Discount Tire. Heartland Soccer Association is the region's largest youth soccer league with 21,000 players ranging from ages 9 - 19 participating annually. They also produce multiple tournaments each year, including the Kansas City Champions Cup, which is in its 12th year and has been established as a top spring event that attracts 475-plus teams from throughout the Midwest.
"I can't think of a more trusted, community based partnership for our dedicated athletes that compete every day at Heartland Soccer than Discount Tire." explained Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Executive Director.  "When it comes to buying new tires, Discount Tire is an undisputed leader and we are proud to have them as our partner."
This far-reaching partnership with Discount Tire is part of an ongoing commitment to elevate youth soccer as a vehicle for developing well-rounded children both on-and-off the field.
"We're looking forward to our partnership with Heartland Soccer," said Rob Wise, Discount Tire vice president - Heartland Region. "With their core values of sportsmanship, integrity, discipline, respect, leadership and excellence, it made perfect sense to support their efforts through the newly rebranded Kansas City Champions Cup driven by Discount Tire."
As part of the partnership, Discount Tire will deliver unique programming and engagement to the 1,300+ Heartland Soccer Association teams, attendees onsite at the Kansas City Champions Cup and in the local community. 

About Discount Tire
Discount Tire, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the world's largest independent tire and wheel retailer. Founded in 1960 by Bruce Halle, the company does business under the trade name Discount Tire in most of the U.S., America's Tire in parts of California, and as Discount Tire Direct in markets outside the reach of retail stores. The company currently serves customers as their trusted neighborhood tire retailer at more than 1,000 stores in 35 states across the country. Discount Tire is heavily involved in motorsports, serving as a primary sponsor of the No. 2 Ford Mustang driven by Brad Keselowski in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as well as the No. 22 Ford Mustang driven by Austin Cindric in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Discount Tire is also the official wheel and tire retailer of Monster Energy AMA Supercross. For more information, visit  information, visit or like Discount Tire on Facebook at 

The Comets are back in the playoffs! 
The quest for another championship begins on April 18 when the Comets host their rivals, the Milwaukee Wave.
 Kickoff is at 7:35pm and tickets are available NOW!
All tickets are $15, plus taxes and fees. Get your seat reserved now and cheer on your Comets all the way to the title!
Get your tickets today at [email protected]

1) The Midwest Mother's Day Classic is set for Mother's Day weekend, what makes this tournament so special? We are excited to have SCHEELS as our title sponsor of the Midwest Mother's Day Tournament. SCHEELS is a big partner of youth soccer and they keep expanding their support and footprint. This tournament has grown to be one of the largest soccer tournaments in Kansas City. Teams from all skills levels are traveling in from over 12 states to play on our world class turf fields. The tradition of the players giving their mom a rose at the final game is something special.

2) The Kansas City Invitational will wrap up the spring season, what can everyone expect from the end-of-the-season tourney? We have just announced that the Kansas City Invitational will serve as the midwest regional qualifier for the ESPN Cup for the next 5 years. We expect great competition from across the midwest to come to Kansas City. All games are played on turf and there are no games on Monday, Memorial Day. 

3) We're halfway through the season, how is it going and what is your hope for the teams over the next month and a half? This is a record registration season. We experienced some cold weather issues in the early season. However, games are flowing well now.  

4) Heartland Awards Night is set for May 26 & 29th. What is this event and why should teams attend? It's great to be out with all the kids and coaches to celebrate at the Sporting KC games. One of the perks, is we all get to walk out on the field at half-time as the announcer recognizes all of the division champions. I've done it many times and it never gets old. There are a lot of smiling faces both kids and the adults!

 Media Contact:
 Becca Smith-Vandergriff: SCHEELS Overland Park Marketing/Events Coordinator
 [email protected]| 913.897.3030
SCHEELS and Heartland Soccer Association Present the Midwest Mother's Day Classic: May 10 - 12, 2019

Players will honor and present flowers to their mothers during the tournament
WHO: SCHEELS and the Heartland Soccer Association, together with 300 participating teams
WHAT: SCHEELS is proud to present the Heartland Soccer Association's Mother's Day Classic, where teams will come together for great competition and wonderful sportsmanship at the SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex and Olathe Soccer Complex

WHEN: May 10 - 12, 2019
WHERE: SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex, 135 th and Switzer | Olathe Soccer Complex
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: SCHEELS and Heartland Soccer Association Leadership
WHY: The award-winning SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex will welcome more than 300
      teams and their mothers to the field this Mother's Day. All mothers will be honored as 
      their  children present them with flowers on Sunday during the tournament.

"The Overland Park SCHEELS has been a proud partner with Heartland Soccer Association for years and this year we wanted to take it up a level by becoming the presenting sponsor of the Midwest Mother's Day Classic," said Overland Park Store Leader Kevin Lambley. "This tournament brings in hundreds of teams from around the Midwest, all coming to the SCHEELS Soccer Complex down the road from our store. We thought the opportunity to recognize mothers, who are often a young athlete's biggest fan, would take our involvement to the next level and provide a memorable experience for families coming to town."
"We are excited to have SCHEELS as our title sponsor of the Mother's Day Tournament. This tournament has grown to be one of the largest soccer tournaments in Kansas City," stated Heartland Soccer Executive Director Shane Hackett. "Teams from all skills levels are traveling in from over 12 states to play on our world class turf fields. The tradition of the players giving their mom as rose at the final game is something special."

Three acres of potatoes were the seed for the first SCHEELS store in 1902. Frederick A. Scheel, a German immigrant, used the $300 he earned from that first harvest as the down payment on the first SCHEELS, a small hardware and general merchandise store in Sabin, Minnesota. Over the years, SCHEELS opened in surrounding communities including Fargo in 1930, where the Corporate Offices are located. Firmly planted in the hardware business, SCHEELS had a small selection of sporting goods from the beginning in 1902. Customer interest grew, and more sports lines were added with athletic shoes and clothing being introduced in the product mix in 1972.
SCHEELS is now a 27-store operation with stores in 12 states including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Illinois, Utah, Kansas, and Colorado. Currently, Steve D. Scheel, the great grandson of SCHEELS founder, is the company's Chairman of the Board, and great-great grandson Steve M. Scheel is CEO. Bill Nelson serves as President and oversees SCHEELS daily operations of nearly 7,000 associates.
About Heartland Soccer:
Heartland Soccer Association is the region's largest youth soccer league with over 1,300 teams, 22,000 players, 2,000 coaches and 2,200 referees participating each season. Heartland Soccer Association was formed in 1977 as the Johnson County Soccer League and has grown from an initial 600 players to its current size. Today Heartland Soccer Association is a nonprofit and educational youth soccer association. Although the base for Heartland Soccer is still Johnson County, it now draws teams to play in the league from throughout the metro area. The Heartland tournaments draw teams from as many as a dozen states every year. For more information, visit
We're teaming up with our tournament sponsor Yokohama Tire to look for our biggest fan to win a round trip to London for you and your child in the ultimate Chelsea F.C. VIP Soccer Experience. Read the official rules here.  
(Entrants must be between the ages of 13-18) #ChelseaFC #Sweepstake
Please contact Melissa Grimmond ( [email protected])
 at Yokohama Tire with any questions you may have.

Minsky's is incredibly proud to be a major partner with Heartland Soccer, and we're excited about our newest Minsky's Pizza located at 10540 South Ridgeview Road - right in front of the Olathe Soccer Complex!
The newest Minsky's location in Olathe seats up to 200 guests and includes a full bar, outdoor patio and private party room for up to 50 people! At Minsky's there's never a space fee to reserve private rooms. We offer multiple HD TV's with your favorite sports on the big screen and of course, free Wi-Fi. Select from our full menu of gourmet pizzas, creamy pastas, hot calzones, fresh appetizers, and crisp salads.
For our health-conscious patrons, we have Gluten-Free crust and vegan Daiya Cheese, plus, we now offer Cauliflower Crust as a healthier alternative for any small gourmet pizza! The Cauliflower Crust offers all of the health benefits - for just 2 bucks extra! At Minsky's we believe if you eat well, you live better. The best part? It's so delicious, it's hard to believe it's healthy!  
We know you'll love Minsky's casual-friendly service and, if you've not yet tried Minsky's Pizza, you're in for a delicious gourmet treat! Stop by Minsky's Pizza on Ridgeview Road (or any of our 18 locations in Kansas City) after your game at Olathe Soccer Complex! Click here and we'll email you right back with a 20% off coupon the next time you dine-in or order online - plus other great dollar-saving deals in the future - all to say thanks for being part of Heartland Soccer!
April Health Tip:
For some of us it sure doesn't seem much like spring yet. Cold temperatures in Kansas City just keep coming back even after a few warm days and rays of sunshine here and there. But spring really and finally has arrived! The promise of warmer weather and longer days is right around the corner. Which means it's time to think about getting OFF the couch. After all, moving just feels good after you've been cooped up inside all winter long. And few thing are as invigorating as a swift stroll in the sunshine when you've spent a few too many hours on the sofa. So go ahead and shake off the Sporting KC, Chiefs or Royals blanket you've been hiding under all winter. And let's ease you back into an exercise routine as recommended by the experts at HCA Midwest Healthcare.
Spring exercise tips to keep your workout safe
But careful, you don't want to jump in too fast and overdo it. Make sure your first outdoor workout of the season doesn't put you back on the couch with an injury.
These six stay safe tips will help you ease back into spring exercise this year.
1. Invest in your feet:
The odds are good that it's time for you to invest in a new pair of workout shoes. Good shoes do more than just cushion your feet. They help with posture, joint pain, and balance, as well.
Like having good tires on your car is important, having good shoes on your feet is important, too. And you don't have to spend a ton of money, either. Just make sure they're supportive and fit well.
For the best results look for walking shoes. They're typically designed to be both lightweight and supportive. And many contain special features to keep your feet comfortable for longer walks.
When trying on shoes be sure to wear the socks you'll be wearing when you walk. And try to shop later in the day when your feet are at their largest.
2. Be patient:
Even if you stayed active during the winter, don't forget that different workouts mean using different muscles. A walk on cement sidewalks, for example, is very different from a stretching session with your resistance bands. Be patient with your body. Don't expect to be able to walk as far or swim as long as you did when the weather drove you inside. Start slow and work your way up to a longer distance, and you'll be far less likely to be sidelined with an injury. There's no rush.
 3. Break it up:
Your goal may be to get 30-minutes of exercise most days of the week. But experts say you get the same benefits from two 15-minute workouts as you do from exercising for the 30 minutes straight. And when you're just getting back into a regular spring exercise routine, it's the perfect compromise. Injuries happen when you push yourself too far too fast. So break up your routine instead and you'll get all the payoffs without the risks.
4. Turn on the heat:
Warming up before exercise is important. But doing it the right way is even more important. Most folks want to start with stretching. But cold muscles don't stretch easily. So before you stretch, push a pedal or take off at top speed, start with a moderate stroll. Give your muscles some time to heat up. Around three to five minutes should do it. Then it's time to do a little stretching. When you warm up your muscles, you're less likely to end up with strains, pains or injuries.
5. Keep it cool:
Your cool down is important too. When your walk, ride, class or swim is over, don't just stop cold turkey. Repeat your warm up routine instead. That's three to five minutes of walking at a moderate pace, followed by a few stretches. A proper cool down today will keep your muscles from feeling stiff and sore tomorrow.
6. Spring smartly:
If you've spent all winter hibernating, it's a good idea to get your doctor's thumbs up BEFORE you spring back into exercise. And then once you do start working out again, for the first week or two schedule in a rest day after each session. This will give your body time to adapt to your new routine. If you want to keep moving on those "down" days, you can always switch things up and work on balance, flexibility or light strength training.
Follow these six stay safe tips from the medical experts at HCA Midwest and ease into spring exercise the right way this year. If you find that you need us for injuries or other medical concerns, visit us at
HCA Midwest Health is a proud partner with Heartland Soccer Association and provides the region's best in sports medicine for you and your athletes. 

To learn more about our services, visit 

The Referee Corner
When do you have to give 10 yards on a restart?

The defender tackled an attacker in a careless manner at the top of the "D".  The Referee blows the whistle signifying their recognition of and acknowledgement of the foul.  The ball is set for the restart. What does the defending team usually do in a situation like this?

They position themselves close to the ball.  Then the attackers must request their space (10 yards) before the restart takes place.  In other words, the defense is forcing a "ceremonial" restart. This gives them the opportunity to set up their defense, get more people behind the ball and get a momentary breather.  It can slow down  the momentum of the attacking team. The Referee spots the ball. He/she then steps off the required distance, takes a position to see the next play and then blows the whistle to restart play.  And, since a high percentage of goals scored come from these types of restarts it makes tactical sense to delay (buy time) when the ball is in shooting range of the goal.

What about restarts that aren't such apparent opportunities to score?  What does the Law say the defenders should do?
  • Corner kicks:  Defenders know that they are to be no closer than 10 yards from the corner arc.  Watch how the defenders will set up at that distance (which is many times marked for the players).
  • Goal Kicks or restarts by the Defense inside their own penalty area:  Attackers know they are supposed to be outside of the penalty area when the ball is kicked.
  • Other restarts in the field of play:  Until the ball is in play all opponents must remain at least 9.15 meters (10 yards) from the ball, unless they are on their own goal line between the goal posts.
If, when a free kick is taken, an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance, the kick is retaken unless the advantage can be applied; but if a player takes a free kick quickly and an opponent who is less than 10 yards from the ball intercepts it, the Referee allows play to continue.  However, an opponent who deliberately prevents a free kick being taken quickly must be cautioned for delaying the restart of play.

The Law says the opponents are responsible for setting up at the required distance (which is 10 yards from the ball).  If they don't, they should be cautioned. We will be working with our Referees this Spring to enforce this portion of Law 13.  Please advise your players of their responsibilities.
Thank you.  

 If you have any questions, please email us at

Dear All,

We hope you are having a great Spring 2019 season so far. We have seen some great games already and know that it will continue through the next couple of months.

Coaches and team administrators, please remember to go and grab your player cards after each game. Often the referees will bring them back to you, but there are times when they are running to other games when they won't have time to return them. The cards are kept in the plastic tubs at the corner of the field where the referees congregate. Please ensure you have them before you leave the complex.

Behavior from parents on the sideline often dictates the behavior by the players. Please remember to be role models for these young athletes, they definitely pick up on our comments and actions.

Thanks as always for your support of the league.

Heartland Staff

   Papa J ohn's Heartland Referee Spotlight:

Q&A with Jeremy Bullcoming
When did you start reffing?
I started officiating indoor soccer 7 years ago and then I moved to outdoor/Heartland 5 years ago. I am also in my second year of being a KSHSAA official for high school soccer. In addition, I officiated adult rec league basketball in Lawrence, KS while finishing up college back in the early 2000s.

What made you decide to get certified to referee?
Better pay and more games, along with the love of the sport. An official I worked with at a Heartland game got me involved in moving to the high school level as high school kids stay the same age year after year as we officials are aging.

What is your favorite part about reffing?
Seeing a well-organized team possess, move the ball, communicate and move in unison.  Also, keeping the game safe and at an even fair temperature with the help of the two assistant referees by applying the laws of the game.

What is a life lesson you feel you have learned from reffing?
Making a quick decision with confidence.  Learning how to read body language.

What level of referee to you aspire to be?
I would like to move onto the collegiate and semi-pro level within 2-5 years. Looking to upgrade to a grade 6 referee within the next 2 years.

Do you play soccer?
I played soccer growing up in Wichita to the age of 12 and then I moved onto basketball and football. I play indoor soccer a couple times a week.
Do you have another job in addition to reffing?
I am an Account Manager at ExamFX - industry leader in online pre-licensing courses for those individuals looking to get into the life & health, property & casualty or wealth advisory professions.

What was the last book you read? 
Facebook  (:

What types of movies do you like? 
I enjoy comedies or suspense films.  I recently saw Cruel Intentions. My favorite part is that it's a classic teen movie from the 90s.

What is your favorite sports team?
Kansas City Chiefs.

The Coaches Corner:
X Pattern from Passing

From 2v1 Attacking Drills and Exercises
In this diagram the X Pattern is achieved a different way. In Square A1 the attacker, labeled B, runs in front of the defender labeled D and behind the defender labeled C. The run is numbered with a 1 in the diagram. Attacker A passes the ball straight down field into the path of attacker B's run. This pass is numbered 2.

In Square A2 the attacker, labeled B, who just received the ball simply lays it off back into the space that they just ran through. The attacker, labeled A, who made the original pass cuts into the space just created by their teammate's run. Attacker A's run is numbered with a 1. The pass from attacker B to attacker A is numbered with a 2. The two runs together create an X on the ground. (See Diagram 6C, page 32, to see the X Pattern on the ground.) It is very helpful if the players have the technical ability to use the outside of the foot with an ankle twist to send the ball back from attacker B to attacker A because the pass is back into the space behind the run that player B just made. Any technical skill is acceptable to make the pass but the outside of the foot used in a twisting motion is an overall useful skill and particularly useful in executing this pattern
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]
4 Wheel Parts
7 Eleven
AB May
Academy Sports and Outdoors
AC Print
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Big Whiskey
Chick fil A
Commercial Capital
Dairy Queen
Dave and Buster's
Destination Fun Travel
Dick's Sporting Goods
Drs. Hawks, Besler, Rogers & Stoppel
Discount Tire
Dunkin' Donuts
FC Kansas City
Fry Wagner
Hasty Awards
HCA Midwest Health
Heritage Tractor Supply
Jimmy John's
Kansas City Comets
KC Motor Company
Krusich Dental
Lenny's Subs
Levine Advertising  
Menorah Medical Center
Minsky's Pizza
Molle Toyota
Momo Bands
Museum at Prairiefire
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Oxford Animal Hospital
Pacific Dental Services
Papa John's
Penn Station East Coast Subs
Pizza Hut
Raising Cane's
Research Medical Center
Rock and Brews
Rosati's of Overland Park
Salty Iguana
Scott the Electrician
Security Bank
Soccer Master
Spin Pizza
Sporting Kansas City
Starting Point Pediatrics Dentistry and Orthodontics
Storage Mart
Swope Park Rangers
The KC Steak Company
The Storage Place
The Rub Bar-B-Que
T-riffic T-shirts
Urban Air