FAQs

How do I register for Tryouts?
ALL soccer-athletes MUST COMPLETE the tryout registration online before participating in the tryout process.

*Please make sure that you register online at least 24 hours in advance to ensure that the soccer-athlete is in the system and we have your information to notify you after the tryout process.  There is a Registration Steps document on the Tryouts page that will walk you through the process.

Birth Years for the 2019/2020 Season
For the 2019/2020 season, Kings Hammer will follow U.S Youth Soccer’s guidelines and will organize its teams by birth year:

Birth Year:

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

Team:

u7

u8

u9

u10

u11

u12

u13

u14

u15

u16

u17

u18

u19

 

 

 

*Interested players must register to try out for their birth year.

Our philosophy in forming teams is as follows:  Our mission is to develop soccer players to their fullest potential. We believe we accomplish that mission, in part, by forming the most competitive teams we can at each age and skill level.

Can my child play up an age group?
Yes, however we encourage all players to tryout for their correct age group. Any player playing up will be at the discretion of their respective director.

What should I wear/bring to tryouts?
Please come prepared with a fully inflated soccer ball, proper footwear, shin guards, and water. Each prospective soccer-athlete will receive one free Kings Hammer Soccer Club tryout t-shirt with a tryout identification number on the back of the t-shirt.  Each prospective player will be identified by the identification number throughout the process and MUST wear this t-shirt at each tryout session for the 2019/2020 soccer year.

We will not be able to attend tryouts or are new to the area and missed tryouts. Is there a process in place to allow for an alternate tryout?
Yes! If you are not able to attend tryouts or missed the tryout dates, please register and then contact the Director for the Program/Age Group you wish to tryout for so that arrangements can be made. We also hold supplemental tryouts throughout the year.

What is the Club Structure?

Kings Hammer ACADEMY: u11-u19 boys & girls (highest level)
Kings Hammer PRE-ACADEMY: u11-u19 boys & girls (all levels)
Kings Hammer YOUTH: u7-u10 boys & girls (all levels)
Kings Hammer JUNIORS: u3-u7 boys & girls

What are the differences between Academy and Pre-Academy?
Our Academy provides a highly competitive environment for higher level soccer athletes. This program provides those athletes with the best local training offered by our qualified and professional staff. Our Academy teams play at the highest possible level providing showcase opportunities to College, Professional and National level programs.

The Pre-Academy Programs are designed to provide players with the opportunity to train and prepare for the journey to our Kings Hammer Academy Program. The Pre-Academy also provides the opportunity for players to play other sports or have other interests outside ofsoccer. This program is designed to be flexible, convenient and affordable.

Where will my child practice?

  • Academy teams will train at various facilities throughout the season.
  • Central teams main training facilities
    • Town & Country – 1018 Town Drive, Wilder, KY 41076
    • 4Seasons – 4609 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226
  • East teams main training facility:
    • Olympic Fields – 299 Haskell Lane, Batavia OH 45103
  • South teams main training facilities:
    • Ryle High School - 10379 US-42, Union, KY 41091
    • Central Park - 9190 Camp Ernst Rd, Union, KY 41091
  • Bluegrass teams main training facilities:
    • Versailles Grass Complex - 126 Industry Road, Versailles, KY, 40383
    • Falling Springs Turf Complex - 275 Beasley Road, Versailles, KY, 40383

Can I try out for multiple programs?
We encourage anyone who wants to tryout for all levels to do so. Current KHSC players can ask their coach/DoC for guidance if you are unsure about which program to tryout for. You will need to register for each tryout separately.

If I tryout for a program and don’t make it, can I tryout for another program?
Yes. If you don’t make an Academy team, we strongly encourage you to tryout for a Pre-Academy team, attending tryouts for at least one day.

If you don’t make a Pre-Academy team, the KH Affiliate Select program may be an option. Contact Dave McIver (dave@kingshammer.com) if you’d like to pursue this option.

Will there be more than one team in each age group?
Yes, when possible, there will be more than one team per age group, per program. It all depends on the number of players at tryouts and their skill level.

If my child doesn’t make the top team, can they move up during the year?
Yes, there may be opportunities to move up throughout the year as long as the coach/director feels it is in the best interest of the player’s development. There may also be opportunities to guest play across all levels.

What can I expect after tryouts?
After tyouts you can expect communication from the club in the form of an email.  This will either be an Acceptance email, offering your child a position on a team, or an email letting you know that they should tryout for a different program. Players who are offered positions on a team will also receive a phone call from their coach. All communication will come within 48 hours of the end of the last tryout.

What are the next steps if my child makes a team?

  1. Accept their position/pay their deposit after receiving the Accept/Decline email
  2. Register in the proper state for carding (Some Accept/Decline emails will have this information included.  If it’s not, the team PA or coach will reach out with the correct link)
  3. Order Uniform and Spirit Wear

How long is the season?

  • Academy
    • u11-u14: August-October, January-May
    • u15-u19: November-May
  • Pre-Academy
    • u11-u14: August-October, March-May
    • u15-u19: November-December, March-May
  • Youth
    • u7-u10: August-October, March-May
    • Winter Training opportunities may be added when space is available

My child is in middle school but plays on a U15 team. Will there be a fall U15 program for trapped players?
Yes, we will offer a program for trapped 8th graders for the fall season. The program will run August – October and is open to players that are currently in the 8th grade that will be playing on a U15 team starting in November 2019. Players from Academy, Pre-Academy, East, South, and outside of Kings Hammer are welcome to participate. Training will take place at Four Seasons (4609 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226) twice per week. Coaches TBA at a later date. Questions please contact James Thomas james@kingshammer.com (boys) or Chris Black chris@kingshammer.com (girls).

Can a team come to the club and join as a team?
Yes! The team’s coach will need to contact the director for the program/age group they want to join.
The team can only join Pre-Academy or the Affiliate Select program. Coaches may stay with their team depending on what level they wish to join in the club and pending approval from the program director based on coaching education standards.

Who is in charge of hiring coaches?
If you are interested in a coaching opportunity, please fill out the following coaching form - http://www.kingshammer.com/coaching

Directors of Coaching

Academy Girl's Director: Chris Black | chris@kingshammer.com
Academy Boy's Director: James Thomas | james@kingshammer.com
Central Girl's Youth Director: Ryan Handbury | ryan@kingshammer.com
Central Boy's Youth Director: Michael Ratliff | michaelr@kingshammer.com
Central Pre-Academy Director: Paul Nicholson | paul@kingshammer.com
East Pre-Academy and Youth: Dave Schureck | daveschureck@kingshammer.com
South Pre-Academy and Youth: Simon Wigley | simon@kingshammer.com
Bluegrass Director of Coaching: Brandon Cummons | brandon@kingshammer.com
Bluegrass Assistant Director of Coaching: Mike Hayes |  mike@kingshammer.com

Office Staff
Player Registration for State/Leagues - PAs : Christy Siekman | christy@kingshammer.com
RosterPro Player Registration - Player Payments - Injury Notification: Nikki Leick | nikki@kingshammer.com

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