January Newsletter 2023

Welcome to the Kings Hammer Murfreesboro January Newsletter! This edition features Spring Recreational Registration, Coed Winter Training, Keeper Wars, United Soccer Coaches Convention, Spring Events, and more! If you have a player, coach, or team to be highlighted in future newsletters, please send photos and stories to claire@kingshammer.com. Each newsletter will be posted on our website as well as our social pages.

Spring Recreational Registration Closes February 2nd!

Registration for the 2023 Spring Recreational Season ends on February 2nd! Little Strikers, TOPSoccer, Youth Rec League and Adult Rec League registration is open now.  Click the links below for more information and to register:

Murfreesboro Keeper Wars 2023

This past weekend, January 28th & 29th, 11 Kings Hammer Murfreesboro Goalkeepers competed in the 2023 Keeper Wars Event at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. Congratulations to each of our players listed below! Click here to view the results from the weekend.

  • Alyssa Kini: KHM 04/05G P1
  • A.J. Mowery: KHM 09B P1
  • Isaiah Viveros: KHM 09B P3
  • Braxton Lange: KHM 10B P1
  • Jesse Erreguin: KHM 04/05B P1
  • Izzy Kinman: KHM 08G P1
  • Natalie Boersma: KHM 07G P1
  • Matthew Moore:KHM 09B P2
  • Kelton Russell: KHM 09B P2
  • Nolan Smith: KHM B13 P2
  • Maddie Hagen: KHM 08G P1

Coed Winter Training U5-U8

Coed Winter Training is going on now through February 11th for U5(2018)-U8(2015) players at Oakland High School Indoor Facility. We have had a great 4 weeks so far and look forward to the final 2 sessions!

KH Murfreesboro Directors & Staff Attend United Soccer Coaches Convention

On January 11th-13th, Kings Hammer Directors and Staff traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend the 2023 United Soccer Coaches Convention. The United Soccer Coaches Convention is the world’s leading soccer coaching event that features extensive education opportunities for its attendees. Each year, the Convention showcases a vast collection of in-person education, including 200+ education sessions led by top-end coach educators, Ph.D. holders, high-level coaches, and more.

Click here to view the the recap video.

Spring Events

We look forward to seeing everyone at our events this Spring! Bash in Boro will be held on April 14th-16th & the Orion Cup will be held on May 12th-14th! 

Free Shipping Through Tomorrow at the Kings Hammer Shop!

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Coaching Opportunities Available

Come join our growing team! Kings Hammer Murfreesboro is looking for caring and enthusiastic coaches to join our organization. Click here to fill out our coaching interest form.

January Education: Youth Sports & Mental Health

In last month’s Club Newsletter, we looked at the final of 5 components of R.O.O.T.S.-SELF.  It was mentioned that mental health was a critical piece in SELF…

  • Mental Health-often a forgotten part of a player’s development. Self-talk, self-esteem, confidence and other emotional and social influences play a major role in each player’s success. 

Over the last five years there has been an increased focus on athlete mental health, including the impacts seen in youth participants. Increased exposure to social media, isolation due to Covid 19, and this trend was evident at the recent United Soccer Coaches annual conference which hosts numerous clinics, workshops, seminars, and courses covering a variety of topics in the sport.  An increased number of these sessions were focused on topics related to the psychology, wellness, and mental health/performance of athletes, especially youth athletes under the age of nineteen.

Benefits of Youth Sports

Most parents and coaches are fairly fluent in the benefits of participating in youth sports:

  • Increased physical activity- coordination, balance, agility, overall fitness
  • Improved social skills- making friends, communication, collaboration, teamwork
  • Character building- determination, discipline, confidence, self-esteem
  • Finding mentors- coaches, older players, and teammates

Potential Pitfalls of Youth Sports

Here are some of the potential issues that may arise:

  • Over-scheduled athlete- diminished time for school, friends, relaxation, sleep, etc.
  • Performance/results emphasis- can be self-inflicted by athlete or by parent/coach
  • Skewed Identity- sense of self overly/only linked to sport
  • Loss of autonomy- athlete not able to deal with challenges independently

Click here to read the full story.

GK Union Save of the Month

Congratulations to Tim P from KHA North B07 Red & Kate J from KHA Bluegrass E64 G08 for being named the December 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.

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