5 Tips to Prepare for the 2022/2023 Season

The new season is coming up very quickly.  With that in mind we wanted to share the following tips to help parents and players be prepared on and off the field for a successful season.

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Tip #1: Get Physical

Being ready for the new season means being ready to MOVE. Hopefully many of the players have been able to take advantage of the camp programs offered by  There are a number of ways to get young athletes ready to be in top condition to perform in practice and in games.

  • Cross Train- swimming, biking, pickleball, volleyball are all great activities to get you moving
  • Running- not just jogging miles…sprinting, darting, changing directions – Tag games are awesome
  • Strength- YES, even young (U9+) players can work on getting stronger using basic Body Weight exercises. Here are some tips:
  • Get on the Ball- juggle, practice moves, organize small-sided games at home or at a park. Using Techne is also great and you can track your improvements
  • Make it FUN- Engage the WHOLE family. Mom and Dan can participate, not just supervise!

Tip #2: Nutrition

Eating right is important in order to fuel the athlete for performance.  But it can’t start the day before the game, or even the week of practice.  It starts NOW.  Time to put aside the summer picnic menu and focus on these simple guidelines:

  • Balanced Diet- whole grain breads, cereals, and lean proteins (chicken, fish, lean red meats) supported by lots of vegetables and fruits (think dark green and orange)
  • Reduce Sugars- try to limit the sugary snacks and read labels, many “healthy” treats are loaded with extra sweets.
  • Plan HEALTHY snacks- starting thinking and planning about pre-practice, pre-game, or even between game (tournament) snacks so that you are prepared with healthy, nutritious, and tasty options that your child will be excited to grab
  • Hydrate- our bodies cannot perform without plenty of water. Start a habit of drinking 8-12 oz in the morning, prior to meals, and at night.  As well as before, during and after activities.

Here are some additional Nutrition resources:

Tip #3: Gear Up

Whether you are new to the game or excited to be returning, it is important that you have everything you need to perform when you take the field.  Here are some key things to remember in order to be geared up and ready to roll!

  • Have the RIGHT GEAR!
    • Soccer shoes, shin guards, a ball, and a water jug are the ESSENTIAL items for every player
  • Have the RIGHT FIT!
    • Returning players should try on all of their gear from last year ahead of time to be sure it all fits.
    • All players need to be sure that their gear is appropriate for their age and level of play
    • Shoes should NOT be too big! Soccer players will struggle to perform (especially younger ones) if their soccer shoes are TOO big.
    • Shin guards should appropriately protect the front of the lower leg but should not be too large. They also should be secured to stay in place (straps or sleeves can be useful)
    • Ball should be age group appropriate, Little Lions-U8:#3, U9-U12:#4, U13+:#5 It also needs to be inflated, so maybe adding an inexpensive pump is a good idea!
    • Water jug should be at least 32 oz or more!
    • Name and club/team should be on ball and water bottle!
  • Parents remember that higher cost DOES NOT always mean higher performance for youth players. The right fit and the right price can be found!

Tip #4: Setting Goals

Establishing goals for the upcoming season can be a great way to focus on things to work on, track development, and provide incentive for continued growth, effort, and participation.  It is important though to be sure the goals are appropriate and effective.  Here are some general guidelines:

  • Personal and process vs outcome- establish goals focused on things that the athlete can control and that are individual focused.
    • Winning, scoring goals, keeping shutouts are outcomes that may not be under the athletes control.
    • Effort, attendance, behavior, new skill acquisition or performance are goals that the athlete can control.
  • United goals- have parents and players both work on a list of goals/outcomes for the season. Come back together and see if these are aligned.  If not, be sure to review and redo!
  • Avoid rewards for goals- incentivizing achievements (especially outcome goals such as scoring or winning) can show short-term positives, but generally lead to lower long-term motivation and/or frustration.

Tip #5: Mentality

Coming into the new season with the right mentality is key for both parents and players.  Fostering good sportsmanship and a ‘Growth Mindset’ can benefit the entire family on and off the field.  Here are a some guidelines to help get everyone get in the right mindset for a successful season:

  • Reframing winning/losing and success- Help your athlete focus more on how they are playing (see Tip #4-Goal Setting)
    • Legendary sportswriter Garland Rice wrote: “For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks, not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.” He was definitely on to something. How children approach PLAYING the game is going to be greater to their future than whether they WIN or LOSE.
  • Encourage persistence- discuss challenges and failures as both a part of the process and learning opportunities. Remind players that the great athletes they see on tv have all had struggles before successes. Use the ‘Success Iceburg’ below to demonstrate what comes before trophies and triumphs.
  • Practice positive self-talk- negativity, whether it comes from the athlete or the parents, can sabotage any performance. Work as a family on developing a more positive environment before, during, and after practices and games.
    • Teach your child to recognize negative self-talk. Listen for when you hear your child say things about themself that are negative, things that begin with “I can’t”, “I never” or “I always”…
    • Help your child turn things around by identifying how they can improve and succeed.
    • Give your child positive phrases to say-“I got this!”, “I CAN do this!” “I AM, I CAN, I WILL”
    • Model positive self-talk at home, on the car ride, and at the field
  • Develop good sportsmanship- Families that focus on things such as teamwork, gratitude, effort, encouraging others, and respect find much more enjoyment in sport, than those who solely focus on winning and losing. Click on this link to see tips from Positive Parenting Solutions on how your family can work together to foster better Sportsmanship this season: 10 Ways to Teach Kids a Winning Attitude – On and Off the Field

Our goal is to continue to develop all of our players and their respective teams with an improved player development model and pathway during the new Fall 2022 – Spring 23 season after the tryouts.

Your player’s coach both as a volunteer and paid licensed and certified coach is part of our team and will continue to be part of our soccer club and community. The new partnership is aware that our responsibility as a youth club is to provide more support and resources to each coach so that our players and parents experience is even better.

We plan to have most of our current coaching team to continue to lead their assigned teams for the upcoming season unless there is a conflict with their schedule and/or another opportunity they prefer to pursue in the club which we may consider and appoint a new coach as a result.

Uniforms are set to change for the Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 season and we plan to keep the new and upcoming kits for 2-year period as that is the cycle suggested by the manufacturers.

Our new uniform/player kit brand will be Nike.

Pricing will be very comparable to our current brand of uniforms/player kits as we plan to add more value to the assortment of products that our players currently receive.

No. We will be using Soccer Village as our vendor for our families to order their new season uniforms/player kits.

Soccer Village will provide sample sizes during tryouts for the new uniforms/player kits so that you can order the correct sizing for your player.

Click here to view the Soccer Village website.

Fees will be an all-inclusive model that will cover all expenses (except uniform and personal travel).

No separate club fees and team dues.

Families will have an improved payment plan option of 8 installments with an initial deposit.

Financial Aid and Scholarships will still be available to our families. More information will be added to the website once tryouts have concluded.

Teams will continue to train at the same locations. A big part of this partnership is to work with the city and other independent locations to improve and invest in facilities to create a better training and playing environment.

Kings Hammer is one of the most recognizable privately held clubs in the Midwest.

Founded in 1993 in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

2 US Youth National titles, 2 runners-up, 4 US Youth Region 2 Champs, 42 OH State Cups, 25 KY State Cups.

In 2020, they added a U23 team in the Ohio Valley Premier League, winning the league’s inaugural season in the Fall of 2020.

In 2021, they joined USL League Two, the pre-professional division of the USL in the US and adding a USL-W team for the 2022 season.

Kings Hammer is backed by Corporex, a privately held investment company with broad holdings throughout the United States. CPX creates investment opportunities for their capital partners through traditional real estate assets as well as an ever-broadening array of other opportunistic investments including Commonwealth Hotels, Kings Hammer Soccer LLC, Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club and Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs. Their ability to create exceptional value through these investments is rooted in their 56-year history as a BUILDER. Why Kings Hammer?

A Complete Pathway to support an all-inclusive player development

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  • Pathway will start with grassroots and premier program for the 2022/23 season
  • All-inclusive pay structure with flexible and affordable payment plans that covers all costs. 

No additional team fees (uniform/player kits & personal travel are not included)

  • Additional showcases and ID platforms through KH events & network
  • Unique travel and network opportunities through KH and its partners
  • Increased scholarship support through club and local foundation
  • Affordable uniform costs with better assortment through Nike and SV partnership
  • Play Metrics operations & comm. Platform connects the entire club
  • Techne training app – Supporting self-improvement at home
  • Sports Recruits (College recruitment platform and support)
  • College recruitment seminar
  • Player/Parent Education through KH Education Division
  • Kings Hammer Speaker Series – Platform created to present relevant youth soccer information. National and International guest speakers
  • Use of camera & technology for further development opportunities
  • Kings Hammer Goalkeeper Union for specialized training

Our goal is to make Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC one of the most successful regional youth soccer clubs that focuses on player development with the proper core values. We plan to recruit and retain all coaches that will enable us to achieve our player development pathway for our players in the long run.

Kings Hammer Murfreesboro will continue to offer all levels of appropriate aged training for all level players. Click here to see our new and improved player development pathway.

Kings Hammer Murfreesboro will continue to offer programs all year round.

Full details of all programming will be released in May 2022.

Yes, the logo and the name will change to represent the new King Hammer Murfreesboro.

We will be combining local, regional, and possibly national sponsorships to generate the resources and scale up the opportunities for our Murfreesboro area players and teams. The benefit of our partnerships has impacted our families far beyond just sponsorships.


Technically, No. The Board of Director of MSC have agreed unanimously to sign a 6-year Partnership Agreement to outsource the management of the club to Kings Hammer to elevate the services we are currently and increase the opportunities to have a bigger economic impact to our community with this partnership.

Kings Hammer provides professional player development, great customer service, and offers an inclusive approach to youth soccer.  Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC will elevate the scale of a community club with access to the highest-level opportunities for players to reach their fullest potential. Throughout the tiered system of development, players and coaches will be able to develop in the appropriate tiered programming, network and expertise provided by Kings Hammer Soccer Club.

Our Recreational Program, which will be branded as our Grassroots Program will continue to play their games at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex under the umbrella of Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC with more support and resources for both players, parents and volunteer coaches of the program.

Our Academy and Select Program, which will be branded as our Premier Program will continue to train and play their games at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex as well as other locations they currently travel as part of their JDL and TSL games schedule versus other TSSA member organizations and youth soccer clubs.

Our future Premier Program teams will also continue to travel and attend tournaments within the state of TN and possibly other states based on their specific development need and skill level as a team.

No. However Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC will have an improved structured player development model and a pathway that can support each individual player to play at different levels and assist players achieve their specific goals.

No. Kings Hammer have strong program representation in both States and their players play in their respective locations. The newly formed King Hammer Murfreesboro SC player will continue to play their JDL and TSL games in our area against other TSSA member organizations as scheduled by our state.

Premier Program teams may eventually travel to tournaments in Kentucky and Ohio as a result our partnership with Kings Hammer and vice versa.

As the club grows, we may potentially combine top players from each location to create regional development teams to compete at higher caliber events, showcases to create additional opportunities our players. 

That is our overarching goal and plan. However, it will take some time until we can have teams that can compete in higher level platforms. As Kings Hammer Murfreesboro, we’ve already started working towards a strategic development plan to prepare our club to be part of these leagues and compete at the highest level possible in a short amount of time.