CYS Services 3v3: playing for kicks
July 11, 2011
STUTTGART, Germany -- While the season may be over, soccer players were still able to get their kicks during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services â€ś3v3â€ť soccer tournament held June 28 on Husky Field.
The tournament was designed to give soccer players a chance to play and work on their technical skills, according to Caitlin Smith, CYS Services sports director.
With â€ś3v3,â€ť or three on three soccer, each team may only have three players on the field at a time. The field is considerably smaller than a regulation soccer pitch, and there is no goal keeper.
With four age divisions, 8-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18, the tournament gave â€śeverybody an option to play,â€ť Smith said.
The small field gives players the opportunity to build on their technique. â€śThey have to move around a lot and work on those tight foot skills,â€ť she added.
USAG Stuttgart has a large youth soccer program. It is one of only a few communities that can field two soccer seasons. â€śItâ€™s hugely popular. Weâ€™re averaging 800 kids per season, if not more,â€ť Smith said.
Tabitha Camacho attended the tournament to watch her sons, Jacob and Joshua, play.
â€śWeâ€™re a soccer family,â€ť she said, as she explained the appeal of the game. â€śItâ€™s exercise, itâ€™s outdoors, it teaches commitment, and itâ€™s only 90 minutes.â€ť
â€śYou donâ€™t need a bat, mitts or equipment. You just need a ball and a little bit of space,â€ť Camacho said.
Because son Jacob also plays for a German team, her family has had the opportunity to get involved in the German community.
â€śWeâ€™ve met some phenomenal families. It really bonds [the German and American] communities,â€ť she said.