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Gateway Showcase

Women U15-U19: November 11th-13th, 2022
Men U15-U19: November 18th-20th, 2022

Deadline to Register:

Women – October 7th

Men – October 14th

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About

The Gateway Showcase is designed to provide “early season” opportunities for potential college-bound athletes to display their talents in front of college coaches. Our goal is to create a high-quality competitive event for teams to compete early in the season. The Gateway Showcase traditionally attracts more than 350 teams and over 150 college coaches over the two weekends. Kings Hammer SC welcomes teams from across the country and internationally to compete in the Gateway Showcase.

 

The Warren Co Sports Park will serve as the main site of the Gateway Showcase featuring 6 turf fields at the complex. Voice of America and additional local Turf Facilities will also be used to ensure all games are played on the best surfaces possible.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is played over 3 days and is open to U15-U19 teams. The event is a showcase format with all teams playing 3 games. This means that teams will play 1 game per day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Friday games can begin as early as 10 am. We will continue to host ECNL, National League Conference games (Midwest, Great Lakes, Mid-south), US Club NPL and state league games (OSSL, KPL) for teams during the Gateway Showcase.

Event Highlights:

  • Over 350 teams from across the country and Canada participate each year.
  • All Games played on turf! No Rainouts!
  • Warren County Sports Park Turf and Voice of America Park Turf will serve as main sites. Additional Local Turf facilities will be used.
  • Expanded Field of Teams accepted to include appropriate levels of competition for all teams. Multiple divisions in an age group/gender to promote competitive balance.
  • Comprehensive player profiles for teams through SportsRecruits
  • Team Video opportunities through our video partner VEO
  • Opportunity to host league matches during the event each year.
  • USSF Certified Referees.
  • GotSoccer Scheduler used to avoid coaching conflicts.

Registration:

  1. Please complete the online registration at the link to the right
  2. If paying by check make check payable to Kings Hammer SC and mail to: Kings Hammer SC – Attn: Gateway Showcase- 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd. Suite 1410 Covington, KY 41011
  3. Please include team name and age group in memo line of check.

Fees

U15-U19 – $950

Contacts

Schedules, Bracketing, Coach Conflicts, & Field Changes:
Eric Busener | eric@kingshammer.com

Registration/Admin, Logistics, Volunteers, Hospitality & College Coach Registration:
Lisa McIver | lisa@kingshammer.com

Sponsorships & Club Relations:
Dave McIver | dave@kingshammer.com

Housing/Hotels:
PYB | lindsay@pybsports.com

Important Links

Important Links

Registration for the Gateway College Showcase will be through GotSoccer only.  Registration materials may be submitted once the application process is closed and your team has been accepted to the tournament.  Registration information must be received by November 5th, 2021 (Women’s) and November 12th, 2021 (Men’s).

Please login to your GotSoccer account to upload your registration materials using the directions below:

1. Log into your gotsoccer.com team account.
2. Click on registered tournaments (Gateway Showcase – Men or Women).
3. Click on the “documents” tab (far right of screen).
4. Upload the list of items below:

  • Copy of Roster (validated by state association
  • Copy of Guest Player Roster
  • Copy of Travel Permit (required for all teams outside of OSYSA)
  • Copy of Players, Guest Players and Coaches Cards
  • Copy of Coach Concussion Certificates (required for all teams outside of OSYSA)
  • Liability Release/Lindsay Law/Infectious Disease Form (signed by every parent and coach)

Please note: There is no onsite check-in however everything listed above MUST be accessible at EVERY game and only certified staff is permitted on player’s sidelines.

In April 2013, the Return to Play law was passed in Ohio, requiring all youth coaches to complete a concussion training course.  All coaches participating in an Ohio sanctioned tournament must complete this course and provide a copy of their certification of completion to the tournament.  If your coach does not currently have a certificate of completion for a concussion training course, he/she can click here for information for the free online course through NFHS.

Lindsay’s Law, Ohio Revised Code 3313.5310, 3707.58, and 3707.59 went into effect on August 1, 2017. In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.

Parents/Guardians

Coaches

We will NOT check medical authorization forms but it is strongly encouraged that each team has in its possession a medical authorization form for each player on its roster.

If you have any questions please email khsctournaments@gmail.com.

Sponsors

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: Lindsay Basalyga | lindsay@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: Lindsay Basalyga | lindsay@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