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KH Central Red 1 takes home KFJ Invitational title

The Kings Hammer Central Red I U13 boys captured the KFJ Invitational the weekend of September 26-27. The boys went 3-1 on the weekend beating Nelson Elite in the final. Congratulations to the boys and coach Dave Kaylor on a great weekend!

KH Central Red 1 takes home KFJ Invitational title

The Kings Hammer Central Red I U13 boys captured the KFJ Invitational the weekend of September 26-27. The boys went 3-1 on the weekend beating Nelson Elite in the final. Congratulations to the boys and coach Dave Kaylor on a great weekend!

Staff Spotlight: Michael Ratliff

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!

The deadline for the 2015 Gateway Showcase is quickly approaching! Apply today!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase your talents to college coaches this fall!  The "Gateway" is designed to provide "early in the season" opportunities for potential college bound athletes to display their talents in front of many college coaches. The Gateway Showcase is supported by the same group that organizes the Blue Chip Showcase.  Our goal is to create a high quality event.  To do this, the Gateway will have limited number of teams across a limited number of fields. The Gateway will play on synthetic turf across few locations all within minutes of each other, guaranteeing all games get played.  Highlights include….


  • Open to U15-U17 teams

  • Three game guarantee

  • All games will be played on turf

  • All referees will be certified, experienced adult referees 

  • GotSoccer scheduler to avoid coaching conflicts

  • We will be accepting international application

  • Player Profile books will be given to all college coaches in attendance



  • $700

Visit for more information or to apply.

Kings Hammer will host supplemental tryouts for U15-U18 boys and girls the week of November 2-6

Looking to take your game to the next level?

Kings Hammer Soccer Club is designed to develop players to their fullest potential by providing the highest level of training and programming in Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky.

  • Kings Hammer SC has a long history of success including winning a National Championship, several Regional Championships and many State Championships.
  • Hundreds of Kings Hammer SC players have gone on to play NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA soccer.
  • Kings Hammer SC also has a long history of coaches and players being chosen to participate in the Olympic Development Program.

Kings Hammer Soccer Club is holding supplemental tryouts November 2nd-6th for boys & girls!

Contact the appropriate Director with questions and to attend:

U13-U18 Central Girls: Chris Black-
U13-U18 East Girls: Clay Revis-
U13-U18 Boys: Kevin McCloskey-
U11-U18 Academy Girls: Tiffany Roberts-
U11-U18 Academy Boys: Kevin McCloskey-

Kings Hammer teams find weekend success in TN and Columbus

Several Kings Hammer teams traveled to Brentwood, TN and Columbus, OH to play in the Battleground Tournament of Champions and the OP Invitational respectively. Many teams had really good weekends with several bringing home some hardware.



In Tennessee, the following teams came home as Finalist:


U10 KH Central Red 1 Boys coached by Benjie Pieper (top left)

U11 KHA Grey Boys coached by Tony Spaulding (middle)


The U11 KHA Blue coached by Victor Olabiyi came home with the championship with a hard fought 4-2 win over Nashville FC. (top right)


In Columbus, the following teams narrowly missed out on capturing a championship and brought home Finalist awards


U12 KHA Red boys coached by James Thomas (bottom right)

U14 KHA Red Boys coached by Ryan Handbury (bottom left)

Congrats to all teams on exciting weekends.

Former Kings Hammer Player Making Positive Impact on the Field and on the Sidelines

Former Kings Hammer player Maddie Tierney stars for the Xavier University Women's soccer team as a sophomore midfielder.  When she is not on the field for the lady Muskateers, she is coaching the U7 Girls at Kings Hammer. Her experience as a former player in the club, her ability to relate to our young players and teach them the technical skills necessary to become a good player make her a great asset to our coaching staff.


Several players from Coach Tierney's U7 Kings Hammer team came out to support her during XU's 4-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky University on Sunday September 13th. We are excited Maddie is giving back to the game as a coach working with our youngest players to become future stars!!

Kings Hammer's Vallota and Wampler Selected for Region II ODP Events

Kings Hammer's Diego Valotta and Michael Wampler have been selected to attend the US Youth Soccer ODP Winter Interregional events with the Region II ODP teams. Wampler (KHA U15 Red) will be heading to Casa Grande, AZ over Thanksgiving with the 2001 Region II ODP team. Vallota (KHA U16 Red) will be heading to Bradenton, FL in early December with the 1999 Region II ODP teams. Congratulations to Michael and Diego on this great accomplishment!

Kings Hammer Teams Take Home Hardware at the Mead Cup

Congratulations to the following girls teams for being finalists of the Mead Cup in their respective brackets!

Kings Hammer and NSCAA Partner!

We are pleased to announce that the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Kings Hammer Soccer Club are entering into a Member Club partnership to offer the club's coaches a variety of benefits provided by the NSCAA!


"Kings Hammer Soccer Club is excited to partner with the NSCAA through the Member Club Program," said Dave McIver, Men's Executive Director. "This will provide our coaches and staff additional access to educational opportunities as well as other benefits that will positively impact the club. We are looking forward to working with the NSCAA and the Member Club Program."

Kings Hammer coaches will receive a $15.00 discount on individual membership with the NSCAA.  Individual membership benefits include:

  • Subscription to the Soccer Journal, the official publication of the NSCAA which includes session plans, articles, and interviews

It is easy to renew or sign up for individual membership; all you have to do is click here and use the promo code HAMMER2014 to receive your discount!

Kings Hammer coaches will also receive a 10% discount on any NSCAA event registration.  This includes the 2014 Summer Symposium and the 2015 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA.  

Summer Symposium Promo Code: MCSS2014

Promo Code: HAMMER2014

Join or Renew Now!

Kings Hammer coaches will also have access to a club session template provided by Academy Soccer Coach.  This template allows you to create drills for your practices and coaching activities.  To utilize this template, please contact your Member Club representative Dave McIver for the login information.


If you have any questions regarding the NSCAA or NSCAA individual membership please contact Andrew McGinnis at (913) 362-1747 Ext: 1029 or

It is always nice to hear good feedback from our opponents especially respected clubs within the area:
"I am a parent of one of the girls on a Kolping team, and I just wanted to tell you that I have never seen better coached group of girls of that age ever. I was very impressed with your team, and I think sometimes people should be congratulated on a job well done. My daughter was so lost during the game she didn’t know which way to look. She is usually the scorer of the team and she was flat out intimidated."
"I want to let you know how impressed I was with your team’s passing today. Your girls passed the ball all over the field and did an excellent job finding open space without the ball. I have never seen a team at this age level pass the ball back to the defense on a kick off and I was very impressed. I preach passing and moving without the ball to my girls and they saw first hand today how passing can really make a difference. Those girls have a bright future if they continue their superb passing."