December College Recruiting Newsletter 2022

Happy Holidays & Welcome to the Kings Hammer December College Recruiting Newsletter! The club is excited to work with you to accomplish all of your player’s goals for this upcoming soccer year, on and off of the soccer field. Each month, we will be providing this resource to not only help you navigate the craziness that is the college recruiting process, but also provide personal development materials and resources to assist in growing individually while living a more purpose and value driven lifestyle. We hope you find value in this newsletter and we are excited to assist in this exciting process for your family!

College Recruiting Topics

Over the last twelve months the KHSC College Recruiting Newsletter has covered a variety of topics. Hopefully some, or all of them, have assisted you in your recruiting process. The college recruiting process can be tricky, and while there are certainties in the process, it is important to remember that everyone’s process is 100% unique. Understanding how to best set yourself up for success in this process is crucial to finding the best college fit for you. Here are the topics covered, either in the newsletter or at the November College Recruiting Seminar:

  • Creating a list of schools
  • Creating a highlight video
  • Contacting college coaches
  • Identifying ID camps
  • Recruiting rules and regulations
  • Key questions to ask coaches
  • How to setup college visits
  • Narrowing your list
  • Financial aid opportunities
  • Selecting a school

*I have linked the topics to Sports Recruits articles or videos where applicable. In addition the links below will take you to the general HELP and Webinar sites.

All these things will be important in your process, and hopefully this newsletter, the seminar, or the Sports Recruits site, have served as a guide for you and you are now confident in the decision you have made.

As it relates to SportsRecruits and your profile, it is important to do frequent checks and updates to your profile. If you have not already done so, take this school break as an opportunity to update the following if needed:

  • Highlight video
  • GPA
  • Club contacts and references
  • Physical profile (height and weight)
  • Preferred position

Massive amounts of growth can take place in 12 months as a player, and it’s important your profile reflects this. When 2022 hits, make sure you are ready to keep the momentum in your favor by making your profile the best possible representation of you as a player and person!

Personal Development

Just as we’ve reflected on the year’s recruiting content in the previous section, the end of a calendar year can be a fantastic time to reflect on your personal development as well. We’ve covered some fantastic topics that have we hope helped you grow as an individual throughout the year. Next to each of the topics below is a reflection question for you to ask yourself as you think about your year of growth:

  • Goal SettingHow frequent did you update your goals and what roadblocks did you face along the way of accomplishing them?
  • Identifying Core ValuesHow have your core values changed in the past 12 months and what contributed to this?
  • What is my why?- Is your “why” still relevant to you today, and how has it helped motivate you?
  • Self-evaluationWhen faced with adversity this year, did you place blame on yourself or others first?
  • Developing Communication SkillsWhat are 3 ways that effective communicators interact with others?
  • Mental ToughnessWhat strategies have you developed to help you overcome tough moments in your life?
  • Standards/HabitsWhere have you fallen short in your ability to have self-discipline and how can you effect change in your life moving forward?
  • LeadershipWhere have you improved as a leader and where is growth still required?
  • Time-ManagementWhat activities are still weighing you down and preventing you from maximizing your daily impact?
  • PatienceWhat is a moment this year where you struggled to have patience and how did you approach this?
  • Managing StressWhat is an area in your life that still causes you stress and how can you reshape your perspective to help?

If you’ve been intentional about following these newsletters, there is no doubt that you’ve grown as a person. If not, there is good news. Each day is an opportunity to improve and it is never too late! Be incredibly proud of where you are as a person, and be equally as ready to improve yourself in the new year and  beyond.

College Commitments

  • CJ DeBra – Youngstown State University
  • Riley Arnold – Ohio Dominican
  • Ellie Greenwell – Ohio University
  • Zara Graff – Wright State University
  • Abby Unkraut – University of Georgia
  • Mia Fiore – Xavier University
  • Victoria Zappasodi – Cleveland State
  • Ella Smith – Miami University
  • Jordan Church – Arkansas State University
  • Amanda Schlueter – Ohio State University
  • Sophie Decker – Marian University
  • Ruby Dunlevy – Eastern Kentucky University
  • Margo Roberts – Ohio Dominican University
  • Olivia Parmer – Marian University
  • Emma Morrison – Kentucky Christian University
  • Shannon Ott – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Rose Vigran – George Washington University
  • Jill Planeaux – Ohio Dominican University
  • Katie Hoog – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Laney Smith – University of Cincinnati
  • Millie Cluxton – College of Charleston
  • Mia Jackson – Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Chloe Morrison – Milligan University
  • Kalyn Rich – Baldwin Wallace University
  • Ella James – Baldwin Wallace University
  • Donna Bundy – Northern Kentucky University
  • Timothy Griffin – Northern Kentucky University

Remember to post your commitment to your Sports Recruits account and send commitment photos to so that you can be recognized for your achievements.

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 |