The Leavenworth Soccer Association will host a kickoff event to celebrate the new season this Saturday at Warren Middle School. Daryl Brandt spells out all the details below.
To begin with, what are the details for this weekend's kickoff event?
We will have Sporting KC players Lawrence Olum and Michael Harrington as well as Missouri Comets player Craig Rocastle at the soccer complex located just west of Warren Middle School. The day schedule looks like this:
Soccer games start — 9:30 a.m.
Q&A with SKC players — 10:30 a.m.
Autograph session with SKC players — 11 a.m.
Autograph session with Comets and mascot — 11:30 a.m.
Do have anything special planned for this year's event?
Besides the Sporting Kansas City and Missouri Comets visits, we will also have a table to sign up for Leavenworth High School's Little Pioneer Free Soccer clinic. This is a free clinic that the Leavenworth High School soccer team puts together every year to help develop and promote soccer in the Leavenworth area.
As a supporter of Leavenworth youth soccer, Henry Martens Chevrolet Buick GMC will also be at the complex. We will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a new Chevy Cruze, Chevy Equinox or a Deluxe Entertainment Package. Raffle tickets cost $3.
Why did the LSA chose to hold the kickoff ceremony?
This is our first kickoff event that we have held at the complex. The Leavenworth Soccer Association is trying to promote soccer in our area. Our goal as an organization is to give every child the chance to play soccer.
Soccer is a great way for kids to stay active and helps to promote good health.
We offer camps, clinic and leagues for the children to develop their soccer skills and abilities. Our organization has both recreational leagues (ages 3-14 and starting in the spring ages 3-15) and competitive leagues (ages 10-18). We even offer adult leagues for players 18 and up.
As far as the upcoming season is concerned, what improvements has the LSA made? How is the health of the association?
The Leavenworth Soccer Association is always looking for ways to improve the children's and adults’ experience. This fall we have improved our complex by moving the old Welcome Center to the soccer complex. This will be used for our office and for a place to hold coaches and player meetings.
We work closely with Leavenworth Parks and Rec Department to make sure that we have the best soccer fields in the area for our league games. This year we have also gone with colored nets to make it easier to find the correct fields.
This season we have a new web site as well — www.leavenworthsoccer.org. The new site allows us better communication with the parents and coaches.
LSA also has a twitter account (@LeavSocAssoc) and a Facebook page. Another way to connect with the parents and players better.
Are there any future events planned that the public should know about?
The next event we have scheduled is the Little Pioneer Free Clinic. This is a free clinic on Sept. 28 from 6-7p.m. The registration starts at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at Leavenworth High School’s Pioneer Stadium. It is aimed to help develop soccer skills for players ages 4-10.
The LSA also has their spring season planned for 2013. Registration will begin in October and run until Feb. 9. Games will start on March 16 and run for eight weeks.
We will also will have our summer camps this summer. You can check out our web site for more information.