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Elite Spring Thaw 2022

Welcome to the Elite Spring Thaw!

Elite Spring Thaw Teams,

On behalf of Kings Hammer Soccer Club, we would like to welcome you to Cincinnati for the 2022 Elite Spring Thaw. We are excited to kick off the spring season with our March Turf events and hope you are excited to compete! The Elite Spring Thaw provides participating teams with an opportunity to play some early spring games against great competition at turf facilities throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern KY. This year, we will host nearly 280 teams from 90 clubs across the country over the weekend event all on local turf facilities. The main goal of the Elite Spring Thaw is to provide teams with good early-season competition at quality facilities to help you prepare for the spring season. We hope you have a chance to enjoy all that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have to offer while you are here.

Thank you for choosing the Elite Spring Thaw as one of your early season events. We are excited about the great competition this year and look forward to hosting your team in Cincinnati!

Dave McIver
Vice President of Operations and Events

Tournament Contacts

Schedules

Facilities

Reminders:

    • Teams playing at Town and Country, VOA, and Riverside Park may not warm up on the grass fields at those locations.  Those fields are closed until early April.
    • Teams playing at Bishop Brossart may not have cleats on the track.

Athletic Trainers

Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Drayer Physical Therapy Institute are proud to provide medical care for Kings Hammer Soccer Club and the Turf Classic. If your athlete is in need of attention during the event please seek out our on-site athletic trainers for assistance at the locations below:

If there are no athletic trainers at your location, please feel free to have your athlete seen by the Athletic training staff at the nearest facility where we have on-site staff.

For your convenience we will also have evening and weekend walk-in orthopaedic urgent care clinics available at the below locations: (Please note that the business hours for both locations are; Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 8-11 am)

Weather Updates

In the event of inclement weather, we will update our website with details on the field status. If anything changes from a weather or field standpoint for the weekend we will inform all Coaches and Team Managers as listed in the GotSoccer system via email and text notification (if signed up for text).

Event Merchandise

Skip the line during the event weekend and purchase your Elite Spring Thaw event apparel in advance between Monday, March 14th and Friday, March 18th online by clicking here. Event apparel will also be available for purchase on-site at both Town and Country Sports Complex and Voice of America MetroPark throughout the weekend.

On-Site Merchandise Tents:

Please note that if you pre-order you can choose to have shipped to your house directly or select to pick it up at the volunteer tent at either location as of 9 am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Find us on Social Media

We would love to see your pictures at the event. Tag us on the platforms below or send photos to info@kingshammer.com.

Explore Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

We have included links below to the Cincinnati CVB, Bulter County CVB, Warren County CVB and Northern KY CVB so you can plan your weekend prior to arriving in town. These links include information on things to do (entertainment, attractions, shopping, outdoors) as well as dining recommendations.

Top 5 Things to do in the Greater Cincinnati Area

Sponsors & Partners 

                    

Upcoming Kings Hammer Events

Boys & Girls U8-U19: May 13th-15th, 2022

Thank You!

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: Ryan Handbury | ryan@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: Ryan Handbury | ryan@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