Kings Hammer Staff Spotlight
Coach Name: Michael Ratliff
Age Group/ Team(s) Coaching: East U7/8, KH East U9 Red 1 & Red 2
Number of years with Kings Hammer: 2
Favorite Professional Team: Manchester United
Coaching Philosophy: I believe it is my job to providing players with quality instruction, an appropriate environment to grow, and to build their love for the game.
“Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”
What do you enjoy about coaching at Kings Hammer?: I enjoy the countless hours I spend at our Kellogg Ave/Four Seasons Training Grounds with the boys I coach. It is a wonderful experience to watch players grow and progressing throughout the season.
Why is Kings Hammer the place to play?: Kings Hammer does an outstanding job of putting players into the right environment, with the right coaching staff, and providing them with top notch instruction. We may not win every game, but we make every effort to develop individuals into something special down the road.
Kings Hammer Team Spotlight
Teams: East U7/8, KH East U9 Red 1 & Red 2
East U7/8 Boys: Currently, we have been training as a pool of players. We have been working on teaching the boys how to make good decisions with the ball...when to dribble/when to pass. Also, working on building a solid technical foundation. Over the weekend we played some great soccer! In all of the games we played only 6 players on the field (5 field and 1 goalkeeper) versus teams that play 7 players on the field (6 field and 1 goalkeeper). We focused on building out of the back with keepers rolling the ball out, making good decisions with the ball to work through pressure in the defensive and middle third of fields. Then, in the attacking third being creative with our moves and attack. Coaching staff is proud of how far this group has come and look forward to where they will go from here!
East U9 Boys Red 1: Our East u9 Boys Red 1 team is playing some great soccer at the moment. We just played in the OP Invitational in Dublin, OH. The boys finished out the weekend 1-1-1. Although we did not get all the results we set out to accomplish, we had a great performance throughout the whole weekend. The most important thing we took away from the weekend is that we never sacrificed winning over development. We did not punt, we played out of the back with a rolling ball from the keeper, and we worked hard to play smart by making good decisions with the ball.
East U9 Boys Red 2: Currently, we are sitting at the top of our CUSL Division without a loss. The boys are playing some great soccer just like East u9 Red 1. They are doing a great job of focusing on our training topics in their games. If someone asked me to show them an example of the Kings Hammer Philosophy, I would tell them to watch this group play!