ECNL PA Handbook

Welcome back for another great year with Kings Hammer! Thank you for volunteering to be the Parent Administrator (PA) for your team. General updates, and information regarding practices, games, and tournaments would not make it to your team efficiently without you.

2022/2023 PA Handbook

This handbook will help guide you through the year and perform your duties more effectively. ECNL teams will be carded through US Club / Total Global Sports. Kings Hammer USYS teams are either carded in KYSA (Kentucky Youth Soccer Association) or OSA (Ohio Soccer Association). Your state association is determined by the number of kids from each state on your team. Please be aware that some teams are carded in KYSA and play in Ohio Leagues. Please reach out to your director or coach to clarify. Below are lists of contacts that you might find helpful throughout the year:

Directors of Coaching (DoC)

Office Staff

List of Duties

  1. Manage Team PlayMetrics Page, use this link to learn more. Introduction To PlayMetrics
    • Add game schedule including location and uniform combination, add final game scores
  2. Submit all team and player paperwork for tournaments, ie. waivers, player cards, roster, coaches concussion, permission to travel. Please visit each tournament website with instructions on paperwork submission.
  3. Arrange any hotel travel for teams. Tournaments  may require the use of the specific hotels so refer to the tournament website before booking rooms
  4. Manage Got Soccer account, update game/tournament results. If you do not have a GotSport Account, please reach out to to set this up.
  5. Assist coach to schedule and reschedule games during the season.
  6. Pay all referee fees for games-Directors will submit number of games to finance department and a check will be mailed to you by the club to the address in PlayMetrics. Return unused referee fees to 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd Suite 150, Covington, Ky, 41011
  7. Manage player cards and rosters -sent to you from Lori.
  8. Update game scores on league website based on league requirements.
  9. Enter players for match game report 24 hours prior to game.
  10. Collect match reports for home games and submit to league with 24 hours of game time.
  11. Organize one philanthropic event each year (organize food drive i.e. Freestore Food Bank, sporting equipment drive i.e. Cleats for Kids, or work with local organizations with local needs).
  12. Facilitate Guest players as needed by coach, work with other team managers to secure guest players for the coach.
  13. Send team content (photos, videos, quotes) into the marketing team.

Note: All league and tournament fees are handled at the club level. Please send any missing payment information to directors.

Start of Season

After tryouts have ended and offers have been made, there are several duties required by the Parent Administrator (PA). These duties should be completed as soon as possible.

KH directors will update the rosters in PlayMetrics and add you as an administrator. If you have not already done so, you will need to send everyone a welcome email and ensure they understand your role with the team, examples: scheduling, tournament paperwork, etc.

After all players have accepted their offers, the club will print and laminate all player cards. These cards will be mailed to your address. Player cards need to be at every game as proof of age for each player. For legal reasons players cannot play in games if they do not have a player card.

As an ECNL PA you will be required to pass a background check and complete the required training from Got Soccer due to the handling of personal player information. You will log in to Got Soccer: under requirements you will see what is needed from you. The cost of your background check will be reimbursed from the club. Once you have submitted your background check, please submit your receipt to our Kings Hammer Accounts Payable email, If your team will be playing in USYS, there may be additional requirements from your state association. Please reach out to with any questions.

Get Familiar with your League

Below is a list of leagues your team may participate in. Please use the links below to get familiar with your league rules for game scheduling, rescheduling, submission of game scores, and guest player rules.

  • Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Ohio Valley Conference is a member based organization founded to enhance the developmental experience of female soccer players in the United States.

Organizing your Electronic Files

You should keep the following electronic files:

  1. Cards and roster – emailed to you by the club
  2. Coach Concussion Training – contact your coach to obtain their concussion certificate
  3. Medical release forms – emailed to you by the club
  4. Lindsey Law Waivers – will need to be given to each parent and collect for your records

In addition, keep any email communications with other team coaches regarding game reschedules, so you can refer to them in case there is a question about a game time, field location, referee assignment, etc.


All players must order uniforms through our provider, Soccer Village. Accessories (backpacks, sweatshirts, spiritwear etc.) are also available to order online through the website. Information was sent to parents via email through PlayMetrics. Please forward the below information as needed. Numbers are assigned by directors and sent directly to Soccer Village.

Please contact with questions regarding uniforms

Kings Hammer Group Codes by Program:

*Please select the correct package when ordering

*ECNL game kits requite players to wear matching under layers. Example: if wearing white jersey with red shorts, players must wear a long white sleeve and red pants only. Please communicate with families so parents aren’t scrambling to get these items the night before a game or tournament weekend.

Referee Fees

For all programs, the DoC will contact the PA requesting league game info. Afterwards, you will receive a check in the mail to cover referee fees. Divide these up into envelopes listing the game time, number, and date so you can hand them to the center referee for each game. Amounts are below:

C = Center Ref
C2 = Center Ref in 2 Ref System
AR1 = Assistant Ref 1
AR2 = Assistant Ref 2

ECNL Referee Fees
Home team is responsible for referee fees
ECNL Boys Referee Fees
ECNL Girls Referee Fees

Please click link below to reach out to another team PA.

Click here to view the PA List

Team Content

We need your help to collect team content including pictures, quotes, and/or videos from games, events/tournaments, training, and big moments. What we are looking for from PA’s to send to the marketing team:

  1. Pictures – List who is in the picture, team name/age group, location and what is happening. Pictures from a camera are always best but it is fine to take photos from a cell phone, just get as close to the action as possible.
  2. Video – If possible, send a video to highlight what is happening.

You can take the photos/videos yourself or collect photos/videos from parents on the team and submit.

How the process will work:

  1. Send photos/videos/quotes to Please include team name when submitting.
  2. We will post the content and highlight the location/team in each social post or on the photo on the appropriate platform
  3. If you have an idea and need help producing the final content, we can help. Please reach out prior to with your ideas.

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 |