Welcome to the Kings Hammer Murfreesboro October Newsletter! This edition features the Sideline Behavior Project, Spring Recreational Registration Open, Chevy Test Drive, Continuing Education, Strikers Cup, KHM at NSC, On to State, Fan Wear, and more! If you have a player, coach, or team to be highlighted in future newsletters, please send photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each newsletter will be posted on our website as well as our social pages.
Sideline Behavior Project
Setting a good example of how fans and parents should behave on the sidelines. Join us and Tennessee State Soccer Association this October in completing The Sideline Project behavior course. Don’t forget, there are prizes drawn each Friday for those who complete their registration. Click here to learn more.
Congrats to all who have won over the last month, we will have 1 more BIG drawing this Friday (October 27th) for 4 Playoff tickets for when NSC takes on Orlando City!
Spring Recreational Registration Open
Registration is now open for the 2024 Spring Recreational Season! Little Strikers, TOPSoccer and the Youth Rec League registration is open now. The deadline to register is February 8th and a $50 late fee will begin on January 24th for the Youth Rec League. Click the links below for more information and to register:
- Little Strikers U3-U4: March 2nd-May 4th
- TOPSoccer Ages 5-17: March 2nd-May 3rd
- Youth Rec League U5-U19: March 2nd-May 4th
Chevy Test Drive with KHM
Drop by the Kings Hammer Murfreesboro office on Thursday, November 2nd from 3-5pm to test drive the latest Chevy Model, courtesy of our friends at Chevrolet Buick GMC of Murfreesboro. Enjoy light refreshments and hang out with our Executive Director, Coach Turkish!
This fun and FREE event is a great opportunity to help support our club, with a donation coming back to the club from Chevy Buick GMC of Murfreesboro for each completed test drive. We can’t wait to see you there!
Kings Hammer Murfreesboro Office: 2690 Memorial Blvd, Suite C-4 Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Congratulations to Kings Hammer Murfreesboro coach, Nick Odette, on receiving his U.S. Soccer National D Coaching License. We’re proud of all the hard work you have put in, Nick. We know your team appreciates it too!
Kings Hammer Murfreesboro hosted our second annual Strikers Cup the weekend of October 13-15 at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. This year we hosted over 170 teams over the 3 day event with teams traveling from 7 different states. We were treated to some great weather (except for a little rain on Sunday!), great games, and very competitive championship matches.
If you weren’t able to purchase event merchandise on site during the event, it’s not too late to purchase. You can visit our online store and have your event merchandise shipped to you. Click here to order online now!
Thank you to all participating teams, coaches, referees, volunteers and staff for making the event such a success! Without our Kings Hammer Murfreesboro families who volunteered many hours, we can’t host these great events! We will wrap up our 2022 Events with the Champions Showcase in December and then turn our attention to our two spring events in April and May.
We look forward to hosting 3 more great events for the 2023/2024 Season!
We would also like to send a special ‘Thank You’ to our event partners:
- Chevrolet Buick GMC Murfreesboro
- Nike Soccer
- Trophy Awards
- PYB Sports
- Champy’s Chicken
- Coca Cola Consolidated
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Jimmy John’s
- Kona Ice
- Taylor Farms
- The UPS Store of Murfreesboro
- Two J’s Grille
Strikers Cup Champions & Finalists
Congratulations to all our Champions and Finalists at our Strikers Cup Tournament this past weekend. We are proud of how great everyone represented Kings Hammer. Great job, all!
You will be Missed, John Boatner
It is with sadness we share that Kings Hammer Murfreesboro Grassroots coach John Boatner passed away last week. John was a beloved father and coach that will be missed dearly.
KHM at NSC
On to State!
Congrats to all our teams who made it to State Cup! This is a huge accomplishment for our teams, and we can’t wait to compete for the title in November!
- KHM 13G Premier 1
- KHM 13B Premier 1
- KHM 12G Premier 1
- KHM 12B Premier 1
- KHM 09B Premier 2
KHM at MTSU Women’s Soccer
We are excited to join our friends from Blue Raider Soccer, this Friday for Kings Hammer Night. Join us for on-field opportunities and watch the ladies take on Florida International.
October Education: Car Ride Conversations
In last month’s Club Newsletter, we talked about ways to help your child regain or build confidence. One of the suggested actions was communicating with them to provide a space for them to express their fears and doubts. This month we continue to focus on our communications with our athletes by looking at our conversations during the car ride to, or from, their practices and games.
*Please note – this article is intended to address normal pre and post activity situations. If a youth athlete exhibits unhealthy, unsafe, or aggressive behavior before, during, or after a game or practice it should be dealt with by the parent in a more direct and immediate fashion.
Every Athlete is Different
Before diving into the Pre and Post conversations it is important to keep in mind that every athlete is different, even within the same family. Knowing your athlete is an important part of the communication process. Is your child self-motivated, focused, lazy, competitive, intimidated, aggressive? All of these will dictate how much of a pre-game pep talk they need or want. Some kids rise to the occasion every game or practice and don’t need a reminder to focus. Others need a gentle push. Still others will resist any suggestions parents give them on the way to a game. So, choose wisely.
Things you MAY want to talk about on the way to the game or practice
- THEY LEAD – Let them guide the conversation, both content and timing
- PLAYER’S VISION – get their view, or thoughts, on what they think will happen at the practice or game. Ask them to name three ways they can support their team and teammates during the activity.
- TALK ABOUT GOALS – As previously stated in prior newsletters, setting goals prior to games or practices can help players establish a focus. Be sure that these are process-based and under the control of the athlete. Goals, assists, saves, shutouts, and wins ARE NOT under the control of the athlete. Trying a new move, performing a tactic that the coach has worked on, effort, attitude, teamwork, etc. are process related and controllable.
- POSITIVE MESSAGES – stay away from coaching them but provide supportive messages that reinforce
- It is OK to be nervous, use that ENERGY
- Express yourself-in talk and in action
- Take risks and challenge yourself
- Mistakes are going to happen, it will be OK
- Listen to your coach
GK Union Save of the Month
Congratulations to Landon B from KHA1 Cincinnati South B12 & Adeline M from KHA1 Cincinnati North G13 for being named the September GK Union Saves of the Month!
Did you make an incredible save or a game-saving block? We want to see them!
Post your best saves in the Kings Hammer GK Union Facebook group or share on Twitter using the hashtag #KingsHammer. Be sure to share throughout the spring season and YOU could be selected for our Kings Hammer Save of the Month! GK Save of the Month winners will be announced the Friday of the first full week of the following month.
Monthly winners will be posted on the Kings Hammer social pages and on the GK Union page.
Kings Hammer Murfreesboro Fan Wear
Stay warm on the sidelines! Purchase Kings Hammer Murfreesboro merchandise today. Check out what we’ve got stocked now: Kings Hammer Shop
Coaching Opportunities Available
Come join our growing team! Kings Hammer Murfreesboro is looking for caring and enthusiastic coaches to join our organization. Click here to fill out our coaching interest form.
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