July Newsletter 2023

Welcome to the Kings Hammer July Newsletter! This edition features Fall Training, Alan Yost Named Elite Boys Director, KHA North G07 at Nationals, Aubrey Kingsbury Save of the Year Winner, U5 & U6 Registration, FCC 2 vs NYCFC 2, Merchandise Package Deals, FC Cincinnati Kings Hammer Family Night, Summer Camps 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.

Team Training Begins July 31st

Team training begins Monday, July 31st, for the U7-U14 age groups. Training schedules have been entered in to the PlayMetrics system. As we had into the new season we have provided a few helpful PlayMetrics links below:

All players in the club will also have access to the Techne Futbol App. Existing player profiles have been updated for the 23/24 Season. New players should have received an email notification to set up a profile. The Techne App is the first of its kind, delivering unique weekly technical sessions with options for players of all levels. Techne emphasizes spending time in deep practice, focused on mastering basic repetitions and challenging the mind and body on a regular basis to perform skills more quickly, cleanly, and efficiently. For more information on Techne Futbol, click here to visit their website. If you have any questions regarding your Techne Futbol account please email

As we begin the fall season, we also want to remind parents that we have secured a membership to the Soccer Parent Resource Center for all the parents and coaches in the club. At the Soccer Parent Resource Center, you will find monthly webinars for parents, articles, and interviews with tips and advice, guidance and support, and much more to help you support your child in soccer. To gain access to your free membership and all the great content at simply follow the link to register: Click here to create your account

Kings Hammer Announces Alan Yost Elite Boys Director

COVINGTON, KY (July 26th, 2023) Kings Hammer Soccer Club is excited to announce Alan Yost as the Elite Boys Program Director. Alan has more than 17 years of experience developing players at both the collegiate and club levels. He holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma.

Alan previously served as the head soccer coach at Capital University and just wrapped up his 11th year. Prior to Capital, he spent three years as the top assistant coach at Ohio Dominican University. Alan also previously coached club soccer for Ohio Premier Soccer Club. While serving on the girls coaching staff at OP, he led them to their first ECNL National Championship. Then on the boys coaching staff, his teams competed in the National League and were ranked inside the top 25 in the country and in recent years won the Ohio State Championship.

He is also an associate staff coach for NSCAA and teaches coaching educational licensing courses. Currently, Alan also serves on the NCAA Regional Athletic Committee and United Soccer Coaches Regional Rankings Committee, as well as the OAC coaches committee.

“I am honored and extremely excited to be working for Kings Hammer and the Elite Boys Program. From having competed against Kings Hammer teams and recruiting Kings Hammer players I am fully aware of the quality of players, teams, and parents within the club. The values and vision of the leadership align perfectly with me. I appreciated working with Kevin and Paul throughout this whole process and getting to know them personally. This is an exciting time for me and my family!” said Alan Yost, Kings Hammer Elite Boys Director.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alan Yost as the Elite Boys Program Director here at Kings Hammer SC. His arrival marks a new era of excitement and growth for our club. With years of experience in coaching, both at the college level with Capital University and the ECNL level with Ohio Premier, Alan has demonstrated an exceptional track record of success.

Alan’s extensive background in college-level coaching brings invaluable insight into the college recruiting process, which will be an incredible asset for our players as they pursue their collegiate soccer dreams. Additionally, his achievements at Ohio Premier provide us with great confidence that he possesses the knowledge and vision needed to lead a successful elite program.

As we embark on this exciting journey with Alan at the helm, we look forward to witnessing the positive impact he will undoubtedly have in shaping the future of our young athletes and taking our program to the next level,” said Paul Nicholson, Kings Hammer Midwest Executive Director.

Congratulations to KHA North G07

KHA North G07 advanced to Nationals that were held in Orlando, Florida on July 19th-23rd. The girls played hard and finished the season with three straight draws against some tough competition. Congratulations girls, we are so proud of you!

Barrett Moore Named GK Union Save of the Year Winner

Congratulations again to Barrett Moore from KH B04/05 ECNL for being awarded the Aubrey Kingsbury Save of the Year Award for the 2022/2023 season! You did an outstanding job representing the GK Union! We had so many great saves from this past year and would like to congratulate everyone that was selected as the monthly winners as well!

U5 & U6 Registration Open

We are excited to begin our U5 & U6 Juniors Program this fall season! With no tryout required, we welcome all members of our community looking to begin their soccer journey. If you or someone you know maybe interested, click the link below for more information!

Click here to learn more and to join!

FC Cincinnati 2 vs. NYCFC 2 on August 27th

FC Cincinnati 2 would like to invite Kings Hammer families and friends to attend their game on August 27th as they take on NYCFC 2 at 6pm. The game will take place at TQL Stadium and the deadline to purchase tickets is August 21st at 12pm.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets now!

Kings Hammer Merchandise Package Deals

Package deals won’t be available for long! Select 1 of 4 unique merchandise packages, each have a unique product selection that is great for the whole family! All orders include a free car magnet and a Kings Hammer sticker.

Click here to shop our new Kings Hammer merchandise kits!

Summer Camps

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2023 Summer Camps! We had a blast this summer and are proud of the work everyone put in. We hope everyone has a great fall season and we hope to see you back at our winter camps!

FC Cincinnati Kings Hammer Family Night

Thank you to everyone that attended the FC Cincinnati Kings Hammer Family Night on Saturday, July 15th! It was great to see our players walk out with the players and on the sidelines at warm ups. We hope everyone had a great night and enjoyed their time at the game.

July Education: 5 Steps to Prepare for the 2023/2024 Season

The new season is coming up very quickly.  With that in mind we wanted to share the following tips to help parents and players be prepared on and off the field for a successful season.

Tip #1: Get Physical

Being ready for the new season means being ready to MOVE. Hopefully many of the players have been able to take advantage of the camp programs offered by  There are a number of ways to get young athletes ready to be in top condition to perform in practice and in games.

  • Cross Train- swimming, biking, pickleball, volleyball are all great activities to get you moving
  • Running- not just jogging miles…sprinting, darting, changing directions – tag games are awesome
  • Strength- YES, even young (U9+) players can work on getting stronger using basic Body Weight exercises. Here are some tips
  • Get on the Ball- juggle, practice moves, organize small-sided games at home or at a park. Using Techne is also great and you can track your improvements
  • Make it FUN- Engage the WHOLE family. Mom and Dan can participate, not just supervise!

Tip #2: Nutrition

Eating right is important in order to fuel the athlete for performance.  But it can’t start the day before the game, or even the week of practice.  It starts NOW.  Time to put aside the summer picnic menu and focus on these simple guidelines:

  • Balanced Diet- whole grain breads and cereals and lean proteins (chicken, fish, lean red meats) supported by lots of vegetables and fruits (think dark green and orange)
  • Reduce Sugars- try to limit the sugary snacks and read labels, many “healthy” treats are loaded with extra sweets.
  • Plan HEALTHY snacks- starting thinking and planning about pre-practice, pre-game, or even between game (tournament) snacks so that you are prepared with healthy, nutritious, and tasty options that your child will be excited to grab
  • Hydrate- our bodies cannot perform without plenty of water. Start a habit of drinking 8-12 oz in the morning, prior to meals, and at night.  As well as before, during and after activities.

Here are some additional Nutrition resources:

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Fall Events

We are excited to kick off the 2023/2024 Event Series with the Battle in the Bluegrass on August 11th-13th in Lexington, KY. This event will be held at one main location, Woodford Youth Soccer Complex, to minimize in-between game travel as well as facilitate coaches’ schedules. It is a great early season tournament to get teams and clubs ready for the fall season. The next event after Battle in the Bluegrass will be the Cincy Challenge that will be held on September 22nd-24th at Voice of America Park & Warren County Sports Park. We look forward to seeing everyone as we kick off the Fall Event Season! Special thank you to our event sponsors: NikeTrophy Awards, and PYB Sports.

Kings Hammer is Hiring

Looking for a career in the sports industry? Kings Hammer Soccer Club is looking to staff positions in our club’s soccer operations, marketing and events departments.

Click here to learn more about the open positions

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 ( 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: Ryan Handbury |
Academy South Boys: James Thomas |
Academy South Girls: Chris Black |
Academy Bluegrass Boys: Dan Ensley  |
Academy Bluegrass Girls: Megan Adkins |

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

Who is in charge of hiring coaches?
If you are interested in a coaching opportunity, please fill out the following coaching form –

Program Directors:

Academy North: Ryan Handbury |
Academy South Girls: Chris Black |
Academy South Boys: James Thomas |
Academy Bluegrass Boys: Dan Ensley |
Academy Bluegrass Girls: Megan Adkins |
Premier Xenia: Brent Lewis |
Premier North: Wil Cagle |
Premier Sycamore: Ryan Handbury |
Premier Central: Michael Ratliff |
Premier South: David Shemilt |
Premier Versailles: Brandon Cummons |
Premier Lexington: Fonyam Atanga |