Welcome to the Kings Hammer August Newsletter! This edition features the Aubrey Kingsbury Save of the Year Award, Center of Excellence, Little Lions, KH FC Cincinnati Family Night, Battle in the Bluegrass, KH Fan Wear, and more! If you have a player, coach, or team to be highlighted in future newsletters, please send photos and stories to email@example.com. Each newsletter will be posted on our website as well as our social pages.
Aubrey Kingsbury Save of the Year Award
Kings Hammer is excited to announce the Aubrey Kingsbury Save of the Year Award! Aubrey is a Kings Hammer Alum and the goalkeeper for Washington Spirit and the US Women’s National Team. The Award will be hand selected by Aubrey in May, at the conclusion of the 2022/2023 Season to one boy and one girl. Each month a boys and girls save will be chosen that will then be entered into the Save of the Year finals. Post your best saves in the Kings Hammer GK Union Facebook group or share on Twitter using the hashtag #KingsHammer. Be sure to share and you could be selected for our Aubrey Kingsbury Save of the Year! Monthly winners will be posted on the Kings Hammer social pages and on the GK Union page.
Center of Excellence U8-U12
The Kings Hammer Center of Excellence (COE) is a third night of training for players U8-U12 that is held on Friday nights. COE is held at Eakle Soccer Complex in Xenia for the Xenia families, at Voice of America Park in West Chester for the North and Sycamore families, at Town & Country in Wilder for the Central and South families, and at Southland Christian Church in Lexington for the Versailles and Lexington families. Each COE is an hour long and is individual skill focused with opportunities for players to mix between different age groups, genders, and teams. We encourage players to bring teammates and friends outside of Kings Hammer to experience our Center of Excellence!
Remaining Center of Excellence dates are listed below. Please check your team’s schedule on PlayMetrics for exact training time.
- Xenia COE (Premier Xenia) at Eakle Soccer Complex Grass Fields: 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14
- North COE (Premier North & Sycamore) at VOA: 9/2, 9/9, 9,16, 9/30, 10/7
- South COE (Premier Central & South) at T&C Turf: 9/2, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21
Bluegrass COE (Premier Versailles & Lexington) at Southland Christian Church: 9/16, 9,23, 9/30, 10/7
Fall Little Lions Registration Open
The Fall Little Lions Program is open for registration and spots are filling up! The program will be offered for boys and girls U4-U8 at our Xenia, North, Sycamore, Central, South, and Bluegrass locations. Please click the links below to view dates and times.
Our Little Lions Program is a player-centered program that focuses on technical fundamentals, age-appropriate social- emotional and cognitive skills, and fun! Each week players will participate in 1 training session, led by Kings Hammer staff.
Registration for Fall 2022 will be through PlayMetrics. Click the buttons below for more information and to register through PlayMetrics today!
- Click here to register for Xenia (Xenia, OH)
- Click here to register for North (Lebanon, OH)
- Click here to register for Sycamore (Montgomery, OH)
- Click here to register for Central (Wilder, KY)
- Click here to register for South (Union, KY)
- Click here to register for Bluegrass (Lexington, KY)
KH FC Cincinnati Night
Thank you to all our families and friends who came out for Kings Hammer family night on Saturday, August 6th! We had a great time cheering on FC Cincinnati and hope you did too!
Battle in the Bluegrass
We kicked off our fall season by hosting the Battle in the Bluegrass on August 13th-14th! The Woodford Youth Soccer Complex was packed with soccer action the entire weekend. We appreciate all the teams and families that kicked off the fall season with us. We were treated to some great weather, great games, and very competitive championship matches. Thank you to all of the referees, volunteers, and parents for making the 2022 Battle In the Bluegrass such a great event! If you weren’t able to purchase event merchandise on site during the event, it’s not too late to purchase. You can visit our online store and have your event merchandise shipped to you. Click here to order online now!
We would also like to send a special thank you to our event partners:
University of Kentucky Sports Medicine- Athletic Training Services
Trophy Awards- Official Awards Supplier of Kings Hammer Events
PYB Sports- Official Event Housing Partner
Nike Soccer- Official Brand Partner
We look forward to hosting our next event the Cincy Challenge on September 23rd-25th!
August Education: Respecting the Game at its R.O.O.T.S.
Each month during the 2022 fall season we will focus on R.O.O.T.S- Rules, Opponent, Officials, Teammates, and Self, as outlined by The Positive Coaching Alliance. We will highlight the value of RESPECT for each area. This month we will explore the RULES.
Know the Laws of the Game-
How well do you know the rules (or more correctly, the Laws) of the game?
One of the leading causes of stress, confusion, anger, and angst during soccer games (youth through professional) is the misunderstanding, misapplication, and misconceptions around the rules of the game. Here are five of the leading culprits when it comes to problem causing Laws in soccer:
- Offside (note-not Offsides)
- Ball out of play
- Handling (note-not Handball)
- Direct vs. Indirect
Ready to TEST your knowledge? Soccer America has put together a Rules Quiz
As members of the Kings Hammer Soccer Club, all families are provided access to the Soccer Parenting Association’s website and full library of resources (webinars, articles, courses, and more.) If you have not yet opened your account, you can do so at the following link-
Once you get your account setup (or if you already have your account setup,) I would encourage ALL families to visit the Courses option in the navigation bar and click on The Sideline Project
- A 15 Minute Guide for level-headed youth soccer parents and coaches interested in learning more about what we can all do to improve the sidelines!
- This Guide is designed to give you added perspective and understanding about sideline behavior.
Just 15 minutes of your time for a healthier, empowering sideline so your child will be inspired!
Charlee USYNT National ID Camp Call-Up
Best of luck to KH G08 ECNL member Charlee Siria on receiving a call-up to the upcoming U-16 USYNT National ID Camp. Charlee has previously been invited to attend two regional USYNT Regional ID camps, with this invitation being her first national invite. The upcoming camp will run September 8-12 in Chula Vista, California. Congratulations, Charlee!
2021/2022 Player Awards
Congratulations to Kasen Johnston on being named Kentucky Youth Soccer Association 2022 Boys Player of the Year! We’re all super proud of you, Kasen!
Congrats to KH ECNL G03/04 NL player, Natalie Bain, on being named USA TODAY High School Sports Award – Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Natalie is continuing her soccer journey this fall with Xavier University. Congrats, Natalie!
We also want to send our congratulations to the ECNL girls that were named to Ohio Valley Conference First & Second Teams:
- 03/04 players: Natalie Bain & Jade Rehberger
- 05 players: Amanda Schlueter & Abby Unkraut
- 06 players: Mille Cluxton & Marie Dilts
Great job, girls!
And finally, we would like to congratulate Caitlin Burger for being named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Regional League as a member of the KH G03/04 ECNL RL team this past season! Congrats Caitlin!
New Kings Hammer Fan Wear
Gear up for the fall and shop Kings Hammer! Lots of new items, including hoodies, tees, hats, scarves, stickers plus more on the way. Spend over $100 and shipping is on us—just enter code FREESHIP22 at checkout. Click here to check out what’s new in the Kings Hammer Shop now!
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