December Newsletter 2023

Welcome to the Kings Hammer December Newsletter! This edition features Kings Hammer’s New Winter FUNdamentals Camp, Kings Hammer FC USL-W Tryouts, Kings Hammer takes on NL Conference Playoffs in Orlando, Kings Hammer Healthy Habits Episode 3, and more! If you have a player, coach, or team to be highlighted in future newsletters, please send photos and stories to Each newsletter will be posted on our website as well as our social pages.

Kings Hammer introduces New Winter FUNdamentals Camp

Kings Hammer has announced its new Winter FUNdamentals Camp, being held on January 6th and 7th at T&C Athletic Center. Tailored for soccer players aged 7-12, this coed camp offers a fantastic opportunity for skill development and fostering a love for the game. With a flexible format, participants can choose a one-day option on either Saturday or Sunday, or maximize their experience with a discounted rate for the full two days.

Click here for more information and to register!

KHFC USL-W to hold tryouts December 30th

Interested in playing for Kings Hammer FC? Kings Hammer FC USL-W League will be holding tryouts December 30th from 12pm – 1:30pm at Town & Country Sports Complex. Interested players should email Paul Hennessey at

Kings Hammer Family Winter Merchandise Packages Return

The entire family can get awesome deals on Kings Hammer merch with our Family Winter Merchandise Packages. You can select from 1 of 3 unique winter merchandise packages, all at a great price. Each of these packages have a unique product selection that is great for the whole family! Visit our shop to shop Family Winter Merch Packages now!

Click here to visit the Kings Hammer Shop!

Limited spots available for our Little Lions Winter Session 2

Spots for our Little Lions Winter Session 2 are filling up quick! Our Little Lions Program is a player-centered program that focuses on technical fundamentals, age-appropriate social-emotional and cognitive skills, and fun! Players will participate in training sessions led by Kings Hammer staff.

Our Sycamore and Lexington locations are currently full, but we have limited spots available for our Xenia, Lebanon, Wilder and Union locations.

Cincinnati/NKY: Click here for more information and to register!

Xenia: Click here for more information and to register!

Gearing up for Volta Cup Cincinnati 2023

There’s still time to register for our Volta Cup Cincinnati taking place January 26th – 28th. This will be a great winter Futsal event for all levels of teams. Whether you participate in a Futsal League or just want to come out and play, this will be a FUN event for teams of all levels. Our goal with this tournament is to give your team a fun and competitive weekend of fast-paced futsal. The deadline to register is January 2nd.

Click here for more information and to register!

Kings Hammer’s Website Gets a New Look

A new look heading into the New Year! We are excited to launch the New Kings Hammer homepage, available at Refreshed & reimagined to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of youth soccer players. We are striving to create the best user experience for our players & families.

Check out the following video on our website’s new look!

Kings Hammer takes on the NL Conference Playoffs in Orlando

Our KHA1 Cincinnati North G05/06 and G07 girls are made their way to the USYS National League Conference Playoffs in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. The teams shared some behind-the-scenes moments of the trip with our Instagram followers during their Instagram Takeover. Looked like a fun weekend for the girls!

2023 COE 3v3 Holiday Classic

Earlier this month, Kings Hammer got festive and fun during the 2023 COE 3v3 Holiday Classic. Players got their teammates and friends together for a fun day of 3v3 games at Town & Country Sports Complex.

Thank you to all participating teams, referees, volunteers and staff for making the event such a success!

KH ECNL and ECNL RL Players Travel To Participate in Showcases

It has been a busy month for our KH ECNL and ECNL RL players as they participate in showcases across the country. Earlier this month, our KH G05/06 ECNL, KH G07 ECNL and KH G08 ECNL teams traveled to show off their skills at ECNL Tennessee. That same weekend, our KH B05/06 – 09 ECNL teams traveled to ECNL South Carolina. Our KH ECNL RL G05/06 – 09 teams girls traveled to ECNL RL St Louis the following weekend. Off the field, players enjoyed team-bonding and a little bit of exploring around the cities. Nice work, guys!

Kings Hammer Healthy Habits Episode 3

The third episode of Kings Hammer Healthy Habits presented by OrthoCincy in finally here! In this episode, OrthoCincy experts discuss the topic of injury recovery as it relates to athletes. 

For more information on the topic of Injury Prevention, check out the following interview provided by the experts at OrthoCincy:

Q1: Can you describe the most common soccer-related injuries you encounter in your practice as an orthopedic surgeon? 

A: Some of the most common injuries we see in our clinic are muscle strains and sprains (hamstring, quad, ankle), ACL tears, concussions, groin injuries, stress fractures, muscle imbalances, and overuse injuries          

Q2: In your experience, what are some of the challenges and considerations specific to pediatric or adolescent soccer players recovering from injuries, and how do you address them? 

A: Addressing the unique challenges of pediatric and adolescent soccer players recovering from injuries involves a specialized approach. Effective collaboration with orthopaedic specialists is crucial when dealing with growth and development concerns in these athletes, particularly in relation to growth plate injuries. When recovering from an injury, it’s good to ensure compliance by incorporating open communication between the young athlete and their parents, further emphasizing the importance of following their tailored treatment plans. Strict return-to-play protocols, emphasizing gradual progression, are implemented to mitigate the risk of re-injury. Addressing the psychological impact requires incorporating mental health support, fostering a positive environment, and involving sports psychologists, if necessary. This comprehensive approach establishes a balanced and supportive structure to promote the overall well-being and recovery of young athletes.   

Click here to read the full article now!

December Education: Controlling the Controllables in our Lives

Prior to, during, and even after competition; players, coaches, and spectators focus on the weather, the field conditions, the referee decisions, the other team’s supporters, the behavior of the other team’s players and coaches, even the status of the other team or their prior achievements. All this focus is put on so many things, none of which are under the control of the athlete as they try to perform.

A better, more productive, approach is to focus on those things that are “Controllable”. Here is a recent social media post from world recognized sports psychologist Dan Abrahams that relates to this issue of “controllables”:

via @danabrahamssport on Instagram

Lists of “Controllable” actions, factors, or characteristics are prevalent across numerous platforms, and have been for years.  Below is an adaptation that I have found to be very useful.

Click here to read the full article on our Education page!

Multiple Kings Hammer teams travel to Champions Showcase

Multiple Kings Hammer teams traveled from across the club to participate in Kings Hammer Murfreesboro’s Champions Showcase. On the weekend of December 8th – 10th, Champions Showcase hosted over 140 teams from 35 clubs across multiple states including Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Over 30 College coaches were in attendance at the event.

Thank you to all participating teams, coaches, referees, volunteers and staff for making the event such a success!

GK Union Save of the Month

Congratulations to Lauren B from KH G10 ECNL RL and Brian M from KH B09 ECNL RL for being named the November GK Union Saves of the Month!

Did you make an incredible save or a game-saving block? We want to see them!

Post your best saves in the Kings Hammer GK Union Facebook group or share on Twitter using the hashtag #KingsHammer. Be sure to share throughout the spring season and YOU could be selected for our Kings Hammer Save of the Month! GK Save of the Month winners will be announced the Friday of the first full week of the following month. Monthly winners will be posted on the Kings Hammer social pages and on the GK Union page.

KH Alum Graham Nicholson wins Lou Groza Award

Kings Hammer Academy alum, Graham Nicholson, won the prestigious Lou Groza Award, given to the best placekicker in college football. Additionally, Graham received First Team All-American recognition as well as several Mid-American Conference honors. Congratulations, Graham!

KH Alumna Nora Ludwig makes All-HCAC First Team

Congratulations to Kings Hammer Alumna, Nora Ludwig on her HCAC All-Conference First Team selection at Hanover College. Way to go, Nora!

KH Alumna Dani Hicks receives multiple honors and awards for fall season with Ashland University

Congratulations to Kings Hammer Alumna, Dani Hicks on an incredible season with Ashland University women’s soccer. Dani made College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team, All-Midwest Region First Team, Great Midwest All-Conference First Team, and D2CCA All-Midwest Region First Team selections this season.


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