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Winter Training Programs Cancelled Sunday, Feb 23

All Winter Training Programs at SHAC have been cancelled Sunday, Feb 23.
This includes: ITT, YDA, Keeper Training, Premier Group Training, and PRO Group Training

Sessions have been rescheduled for Sunday, March 1st.
Times will be the same, with the exception of Girls HS PRO, which will move to 5 PM.

Futsal Academy game at 6pm in ON today.

2019-2020 Winter Group Training

Winter Group Training is OPEN to any current U11-U19 Premier player

The training sessions will be conducted on the courts at St. Henry Athletic Center located on Cavalier Blvd off of Burlington Pike in Florence.

Each session is 50 minutes in length. Sessions will provide 20 minutes of focus on individual ball control and improving basic soccer technique, and 30 minutes of futsal based game.  Players must wear court shoes/gym shoes and shin guards to participate, no cleated shoes will be allowed in the building.

The program will begin Sunday, January 5th and will continue through Sunday, Feb 23rd.  See below for the Age Group Schedule. No registration is necessary, however participants fee payments must be up-to-date.

Please note-the GK Training is an Optional, Fee-Based ($75) offering.  Participants interested in attending must register through their Blue Sombrero account.

NKSA Premier Soccer

What is NKSA Premier Soccer?

NKSA's Premier Soccer is our traditional program that we started in 2006 with 4 teams and has grown to over 60 teams of players in Northern Kentucky.  It includes two nights per week of training with a club trainer focused on proven player development guidelines created by the NKSA directors.  To keep player fees reasonable, games are coached by qualified parents subject to minimum certification requirements and with guidance from the NKSA staff.  Teams generally play in the local league with games in the Greater Cincinnati area.  Teams play in two tournaments per season.  Fees include everything except a uniform.  

NKSA Premier Training

NKSA Premier teams are provided professional training by experienced soccer players and coaches.  Parent coaches may assist with sessions, but the training sessions are run by professional trainers and follow an age appropriate curriculum developed by the club's directors and training staff.  Teams will generally train on a turf field at least one night per week, subject to limitations on space and schedules.  When teams are scheduled on grass two nights, the club makes every effort to move some training sessions to turf fields when grass fields are closed due to wet weather.  

How are teams formed?

Teams are formed from tryouts based upon ability.  Geography is also considered at younger ages where it makes sense to do so.  For example, we may form "East" and "West" teams to keep players closer to home at the youngest age groups.  Or, we may form true First and Second teams at the youngest age group if the directors determine it would be in the best interest of the player's development to do so.  All decisions are made based upon what we believe is best for the player's development.  

How many teams are there at each age group?

There will generally be 2 or more teams at each age group.  This depends upon the number of players trying out, the number of qualified coaches available and training space available for the following season.  Multiple teams at each age group provides an opportunity for players at any level to receive opportunities to develop at the appropriate pace.  Players have an opportunity to move up or down each year at tryouts to try to keep them at the best level for continued progression and development.  

Frequently Asked Questions:  

What league does NKSA play in?  Most NKSA teams play in the Greater Cincinnati Soccer League (GCSL). This is the primary select soccer league in the Greater Cincinnati area. It includes clubs that are generally within 1 hour from Northern Kentucky and provides several divisions at each age group.  Teams are promoted up (or demoted down) to the next division based upon their record for the season.  NKSA also has teams playing in: The Premier League (TPL), Buckeye Premiere League, Kentucky Premiere League and in the Midwest Regional League. 

When does training start? How long does it last? What is the level of commitment?  There are two seasons - Fall & Spring - and each last about 3 months. Training starts the first week of August for the Fall season and the first week of March for the Spring season.Training continues for about 10-12 weeks and things tend to wrap up around the end of October in the Fall and the end of May in the Spring.

Who does the training for NKSA teams?   Most of our Premier teams have a trainer for 2 sessions each week.  They train the technical aspects of the game including: dribbling, passing, receiving, defending, finishing, etc.  All trainers operate under the supervision of our Directors of Coaching.  Most of the trainers are current or former college players.  Several of our trainers coach at local colleges. All of our training staff have licensing through US Soccer and/or the United Soccer Coaches. 

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