November College Recruiting Newsletter 2022

Welcome to the Kings Hammer November 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!

KHSC College Recruiting Seminar Follow-up

Thank you again to those who attended our two College Recruiting Seminars on November 6th, and a bigger THANK YOU to our guest speakers and to the KHSC Social Media and Content Director, Matt Shisler for his assistance.  If you missed the sessions you can find links to the recorded presentation as well as several helpful documents on the PlayMetrics site.  Simply log in to your account, click on Club Resources, then Education Division, and then on COLLEGE RECRUITING PRESENTATION-PLAYERS AND PARENTS.  In addition, the video can also be found on the Kings Hammer YouTube channel here.

College Signings

Congratulations to all our Kings Hammer seniors who signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate soccer during the winter signing period. We’re proud of all your hard work and excited for each of your next steps.

  • Victoria Zappasodi – Cleveland State University
  • Katie Hoog – IUPUI
  • Zara Graff – Wright State University
  • Mia Fiore – Xavier University
  • Rose Vigran – George Washington
  • Jordan Church – Arkansas State University
  • CJ Debra – Youngstown State University
  • Ellie Greenwell – Ohio University
  • Olivia Parmer – Marian University
  • Sophie Decker – Marian University
  • Ella Smith – Miami University
  • Shannon Ott – IUPUI
  • Chloe Morrison – Milligan University

The Commitment

If you’ve been following along with the College Recruiting Newsletter, you’ve been equipped with plenty of information that should be beneficial to you as you are going through your college search process. From start to finish in the process, these are the topics that have been covered thus far:

  • Creating a list of schools
  • Creating a highlight video
  • Contacting college coaches
  • Identifying ID Camps to attend
  • Taking college visits
  • Narrowing your list
  • Understanding Financial Aid Opportunities

Once you have done all of these things, you may be close to (drumroll please) …. making a commitment!

If and when you get to this point, congratulations! Committing to a school as a student athlete is a once in a lifetime achievement, so enjoy every second of it. That said, if you have gone through all the steps and are still unsure of which school seems “right,” don’t force it or sweat it. Chances are, if a place doesn’t feel like home, it isn’t meant to be home. And lastly, if you are still early in your process (or a freshman or sophomore in HS), you will certainly need to be patient.

However, for those of you who are ready to make a commitment, there is a proper way to go about it. Notifying the school you’ve selected, as well as notifying those who aren’t so lucky to coach you for the next four years, is very important. Below we will outline how to go about this.

Notifying your new school

Congratulations! You’ve selected your new school and home for the next four years and you’d like to let the coach and university know. This will be an exciting time for you, and chances are the coach will be overjoyed to hear the good news as well! It is important to note, that you should notify the school you are choosing BEFORE notifying the schools you are not choosing. It is better if the coach hears the news from you directly, and this will give you a chance to confirm everything on the school ’s end as well to make sure you are making the right decision. When calling the coach, be excited (you will be)! Let them know that you are committed to them, their program, and the university and ready to do what you can to be the best person and player you can be. After giving a verbal commitment, the coach will give you more information on ensuring that you are able to get everything sorted prior to stepping on campus. Now, onto those schools who aren’t so lucky…

Notifying the other schools

Just as it’s important to notify the school you are committing to; it is also important to let other programs and coaches know the not so good news. After all, they have spent time getting to know you, recruiting you, and doing their best to build a relationship with you. Open and honest communication is vital to maintaining a positive brand and image, and just as coaches should be open with players who they aren’t interested in, players should be courteous to let those know who they aren’t interested in personally. Giving coaches a call and thanking them for everything they’ve done but letting them know that you are going to be attending another school will go a long way, and while the news may disappoint the coach, they will respect you for being honest.

Committing to a school will be a special moment for each and every one of you who decide to pursue playing soccer collegiately. After years of hard work, dedication, and time, it is important to be proud of yourself in this moment, but also recognize that your hard work is just beginning! Enjoy this special day when it comes but be ready to continue to grow into becoming the best player you can be and leave a legacy at the program you are going to.

Personal Development | Managing Stress

There’s no avoiding the stress of everyday life. Schoolwork, responsibilities at home, busy schedules, other people’s expectations, disappointments, deadlines, social drama: all of these can create tension. Everyday stressors have a way of piling up if we don’t keep them in check. Adding these 5 simple actions to your regular routine can help you avoid that “bogged down by stress” feeling. The key word is “routine.” You need to make sure you keep doing these to enjoy the benefits:

  1. Balance responsibilities (like schoolwork) with activities you enjoy (like relaxing or spending time with friends). It’s all about balance: all work and no play is bad. But if your schedule is so crammed with activities that there’s no time for homework, that’ll stress you out too.
  2. Manage responsibilities. Use a calendar or planning app to keep track of assignments, chores, practices, and other obligations. Of course, planning is no good if you don’t actually do what you plan: Managing stress also means regular studying, keeping on top of assignments, and overcoming procrastination. Take time to reflect a bit every day and think about how things are going. What do you need to work on? Do? Make time for?
  3. Eat healthy foods. What you eat affects your mood, energy, and stress level. Eating healthy doesn’t mean avoiding all treats — it goes back to that balance thing again. It’s OK to treat yourself to ice cream occasionally if you ate a salad or turkey on whole wheat for lunch. But if ice cream and sweets are your main source of fuel, you’re likely to crash or feel cranky — and stressed!
  4. Get proper sleep. This may seem like a no-brainer. After all, who doesn’t love to sleep? But getting the right amount ofsleep1 is actually something we need to focus on because it’s easy to let homework, talking to friends, or binge watching get in the way of sleep — no matter how much we want to catch those ZZZs.
  5. Make time to exercise every day. It’s hard to feel anxious when you’re taking deep breaths on a run, feeling the rush of a downhill bike ride, or playing a pickup game with friends. Exercise doesn’t just take our mind off of stress; it releases chemicals in our brains that make us feel better. Learning to manage stress means building coping skills that allow you to take everyday challenges in stride. It’s about keeping problems in perspective instead of ignoring them and learning what to work on and what to let go of.

Additional Stress Management Resources

Monthly Help Links from SportsRecruits

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

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 |