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Lindsay Basalyga offered position with United States Soccer Federation – Ryan Handbury to take over Academy North Role as Director

LEBANON, OH (May 16th, 2022) – Lindsay Basalyga, Kings Hammer Academy North Program Director, has recently accepted a scouting position with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Lindsay was instrumental in starting the Academy North Program during the 2021/22 season and we thank her for all her hard work. Lindsay will have a great opportunity …

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ECNL BOYS ANNOUNCES NEW ECNL REGIONAL LEAGUE – GREAT LAKES ALLIANCE IN OHIO VALLEY

RICHMOND, VA (May 13, 2022) – ECNL Boys is excited to announce the launch of the new ECNL Regional League – Great Lakes Alliance (GLA) for the 2022-23 season with 16 clubs from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Western New York. “The development of an ECNL Regional League in the Ohio Valley has been a priority …

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Kings Hammer Soccer Club Partners with Murfreesboro Soccer Club

Murfreesboro, TN (April 19th, 2022) Kings Hammer Soccer Club, one of the largest youth soccer programs in the Midwest, announced today that it is partnering with Murfreesboro Soccer Club to create a new entity, Kings Hammer Murfreesboro. The new club will offer appropriate programs to service the Murfreesboro and Greater Nashville area. Being able to …

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Kings Hammer Bluegrass Announces Megan Adkins Girl’s Academy Director

LEXINGTON, KY (April 6th, 2022) Kings Hammer Bluegrass is excited to announce Megan Adkins as the Girl’s Academy Program Director. Megan has been heavily involved in youth soccer development, coaching teams at the YMCA, Lexington Youth Soccer Association, Woodford Youth Soccer Association, and Commonwealth Soccer Club. She has also run multiple youth soccer camps in …

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Kings Hammer Announces Expansion to Greater Dayton Communities

 DAYTON, OH (March 28th, 2022) Kings Hammer Soccer Club is excited to announce that it will be expanding its soccer programs to serve the greater Dayton communities. Kings Hammer will be offering the first two tiers of its development pathway – Grassroots (Little Lions & Camps) and the Premier Program in the Centerville, Dayton, …

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Keeper Wars Ink is Excited to Announce Partnership with Kings Hammer GK Union!

Lake St. Louis, MO (March 25, 2022) — Keeper Wars Ink is excited to announce our partnership with Kings Hammer out of Covington, Kentucky. “We are excited to bring our event to such a professionally ran organization such as Kings Hammer. As they look to give back to the keeper community with us we look …

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Kings Hammer is Excited to be Named a Club Partner

The FC Cincinnati Academy Affiliate Club and Club Partner programs are in their second year in 2022 and provide both technical and commercial benefits for the local soccer community. “It’s really important for us as a club to be connected in the soccer market in Greater Cincinnati and the Tri-State area,” said Larry Sunderland, FC …

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ECNL Boys Continues to Add the Best with Six New Clubs for 2022-23 Season

ECNL Contact: Jacob Born; 314-440-0644 Press Contact: Erica Bates; 917-559-4984 RICHMOND, Va. (March 22, 2022) – ECNL Boys is excited to announce the addition of six new clubs into Club Competition for the 2022-23 season: Beach FC (VA), Chicago Magic (IL), FC Prime (FL), Kings Hammer (OH), Parkland SC (FL) and United PDX (OR). Beach …

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Tryout FAQ’s

How do I register for tryouts?
ALL soccer-athletes MUST COMPLETE the tryout registration online before participating in the tryout process. Click here to register now!

*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. Each soccer athlete should attend both tryout days if possible. If you are unable to attend both days please reach out to the Program Director listed below.

Birth Years for the 2022/2023 Season
For the 2022/2023 season, Kings Hammer will follow U.S Youth Soccer’s guidelines and will organize its teams by birth year:

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

Can my child play up an age group?
Any player playing up will be at the discretion of their respective director. All players need to register and attend the tryout for their correct age group.

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 2022/2023 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. Roster openings may be limited after the initial tryout period.

What are the differences between Academy and Premier?
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 Premier Program is a community-based program. The Premier Program provides the opportunity for players to play other sports or have other interests outside of soccer. This program is designed to be flexible, convenient, and affordable.

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/director for guidance if they 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 try out for another program?
Yes. If you don’t make an Academy team, we strongly encourage you to tryout for a Premier team, attending tryouts for at least one day.

If you don’t make a Premier team, the Classic Program may be an option. Contact Michelle Okumura (michelle@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 tryouts you can expect communication from the club in the form of an email.  (Please double-check that your email is correct in the PlayMetrics system, this is the email we use) 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 may also receive a phone call from their coach. All communication will come within 24-48 hours of the end of the last tryout. You will then have 24 hours to either accept or decline your email before your spot is offered to another child.

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

  1. If you are new to the club, you will receive more information regarding your uniform ordering in your confirmation email.
  2. If you are part of the Academy or Premier Programs, you will receive the link to Demosphere to register your child in the state system in your confirmation email as well.

How long is the season?

  • Academy
    • U11-U14: August-November, January-May (possible post-season in June)
    • U15-U19: November-May
  • Premier
    • U7-U14: August-October, March-May
    • U15-U19: November-December, March-May

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 depending on interest. The program will run from August to October and is open to players that are currently in the 8th grade that will be playing on a U15 team starting in November 2022. Questions please contact:

Academy North: Lindsay Basalyga | lindsay@kingshammer.com
Academy South Boys: James Thomas | james@kingshammer.com
Academy South Girls: Chris Black | chris@kingshammer.com
Academy Bluegrass Boys: Dan Ensley  | dan@kingshammer.com
Academy Bluegrass Girls: Megan Adkins | megan@kingshammer.com

Can a team come to the club and join as a team?
Yes! The team can join the Classic Program. For more information please reach out to Michelle Okumura at michelle@kingshammer.com.

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

Program Directors:

Academy North: Lindsay Basalyga | lindsay@kingshammer.com
Academy South Girls: Chris Black | chris@kingshammer.com
Academy South Boys: James Thomas | james@kingshammer.com
Academy Bluegrass Boys: Dan Ensley | dan@kingshammer.com
Academy Bluegrass Girls: Megan Adkins | megan@kingshammer.com
Premier Xenia: Brent Lewis | brent@kingshammer.com
Premier North: Wil Cagle | wil@kingshammer.com
Premier Sycamore: Ryan Handbury | ryan@kingshammer.com
Premier Central: Michael Ratliff | michaelr@kingshammer.com
Premier South: David Shemilt | dshemilt@kingshammer.com
Premier Versailles: Brandon Cummons | brandon@kingshammer.com
Premier Lexington: Fonyam Atanga | fonyam@kignshammer.com