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CFJ Announce Mayors Cup 'All Tournament' Team
CFJ Announce Mayors Cup 'All Tournament' Team

CFJ players - Harstul Bratcher (U17), Dylan Barth (U16), Evan Konermann (U16), Luke Williams (U16) and Sean Brown (U17) return after a successful five-day stint at the Mayors Cup International Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada

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KFJ Represents at Mayors Cup Internationl Showcase
KFJ Represents at Mayors Cup Internationl Showcase

The Kentucky Fire Juniors (KFJ) would like to issue a special CONGRATULATIONS to Chicago Fire Juniors (CFJ) players and coaches who were selected to represent the Chicago Fire at the Mayors Cup International Showcase, February 14-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada!

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Louisville Cup Registration Now Open
Louisville Cup Registration Now Open

Register your team today! One of Louisville's largest tournaments and at the perfect time too! In Kentucky we have more than "Spring Fever", we have "Derby Fever" and while participating in the Louisville Cup please feel free to attend any Kentucky Derby Festival event!

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Fire Report - December 2014
Fire Report - December 2014

Dear KFJ Membership - It was outstanding to see all the players, parents, coaches and administrative staff at the first annual “KFJ Appreciation Day” and end-of-the-year (2014) party hosted at Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex (MVSC) on Sunday, December 14th. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to celebrate with KFJ, and for your feedback that you provided in the questionnaires!

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Ashley Durik ('00 Girls) Participates in id2 Training Camp
Ashley Durik ('00 Girls) Participates in id2 Training Camp

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Dec. 15, 2014) - A total of 104 players from 64 clubs participated in the id2 Training Camp held at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz., Dec. 11-14. While this was the final id2 Training Camp for the current age group cycle, which targeted boys born in 2001 and girls born in 2000, it also introduced the upcoming cycle for boys born in 2002 and girls born in 2001.

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Former Fire Player Third Team All-American DIII
Former Fire Player Third Team All-American DIII

Mary Kate Schmidt (MVSC 94's/junior at Illinois Wesleyan) picked up several E.O.Y. honors including being named NCAA 3rd Team All-American. The Titans were also NCAA DIII National Semi-Finalists where MK was named to the all NCAA tournament team.

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Coach Mike Dickey is 1 of 40 Selected
Coach Mike Dickey is 1 of 40 Selected
Coach Mike Dickey is 1 of 40 Invited to USSF's Coaching Education Workshop
 
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Kentucky Fire Juniors GU18 Win Championship
Kentucky Fire Juniors GU18 Win Championship

Congrats to the KFJ GU18 team for winning the Germantown Soccer Showcase in Memphis, TN!

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U11 Premier Red wins Futsal Regular Season and Tournament!
Mar 02 2015 - Kristen Wallace
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KFJ U11 Premier Red won the Louisville Futsal U11 Regular Season and End of Year Tournament. Over the regular season and tournament the Fire outscored their competition 92-13 for an amazing +79 goal differential. 

ARE WE REALLY COACHING DECISION MAKING?
Mar 02 2015 - Kristen Wallace

It has become one of the hottest topics in coaching today. Skill, speed, and power are no longer enough for success if they are not used effectively. Spanish playmaker Andres Iniesta recently said, “Speed of thought and speed of the decision making separates the best players in the world from the rest.” Watch a Champions League game and you will see what he is talking about. Only this week we saw Arsenal make the wrong choices in key stages of the game against Monaco, and even coach Arsene Wenger was forced to admit that  “the heart took over the head.” Intelligence is now a key part of the game and will continue to be as the demands on players grow alongside the resources they are becoming exposed to. The rewards today are higher than ever and the margin for error is becoming smaller. As a result, the challenges for coaches are simple: Firstly, we must understand every aspect of decision making and secondly, we must be able to both coach it and influence our players’ lives in the right way.

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Mar 02 2015 - Kristen Wallace
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Mike Dickey Heads Up The Region II ODP Girls on their Costa Rican Tour
Feb 16 2015 - Brad Howard

Mike Dickey continues the addition to his resume as he has headed up the Costa Rica Tour for the ODP Region II Girls.

Mike loves taking kids to places where they grow as players and more importantly people. Let's take a look at the trip in pictures!

 

 

 

 

Mike Dickey on Staff at USSF Licensing Courses in Arizona
Jan 19 2015 - Kristen Wallace
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The United States Soccer Federation ran one of its Licensing Courses in Casa Grande, Arizona January 10-19. The course included candidates attending to see if they could qualify for one of the National Licenses (A, B, or C) during the time period. Coaches from all over the United States and the World are typically in attendance for these National Courses. The courses are evaluated by US Soccer National Staff Coaches during the week. Some of the areas evaluated include the ability to run field sessions, designing written lesson plans and written match evaluation.

 

Mike Dickey (KFJ Technical Director/Head Coach) was on staff during the course as an instructor for the 'B' course. Mike has been a USSF National Instructor since 2005.

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