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Campbellsville Youth Soccer began its 2013 season on Saturday at the Paul Osborne Recreational Area with over 240 youngsters participating and nearly 1,000 on hand just to watch children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews or friends.
“This year’s concept is the “World Cup Challenge” where each team will represent countries from around the world (i.e. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, etc.),” offered DeWayne Frazier of the CYSA Board.
The ages of the players vary from 4 to 13 and include the rec league and Select Soccer (all-star) team that travels the state and represents the community. The organization consists of 21 teams for the fall season.
Campbellsville University’s soccer teams (men and women) will also be heavily represented at the game as our referees.
“For most kids, soccer is their first introduction to sports,” said Dr. Heather Wise, past President of Campbellsville Youth Soccer Association, board member and coach.
“Since my initial involvement with CYSA in 2007, I have witnessed true community togetherness with our youth soccer league.
“Parents volunteer to coach a sport that may be outside their comfort zone. We have kids from all school systems participating as well as kids from surrounding counties.”
“I’m excited to get another season of CYSA soccer underway,” admitted Abbie Parrish, a current U8 soccer coach for CYSA. “And the kids on my team are super excited to play as Team Brazil this year.
“I love that CYSA gives all kids (whatever their level of play) an opportunity to learn the skills, teamwork and competitiveness needed for success in the game of soccer.”
“CYSA is a wonderful community connection to families and a great sport,” offered CYSA board member, coach and parent Chris Goodson.
“It is a joy to coach teams for the last three years and again this year.
“It’s a real treasure watching our youth develop soccer skills and learn to perform as a team. I know this year our U10 league will be competitive, so I will continue to focus on fundamental soccer skills, teamwork and showing good sportsmanship.
“Soccer is one of the ultimate team sports,” concluded Frazier. “Kids learn so much more by playing than just the game itself.
“They learn how to rely on others in a team atmosphere and they learn about trust. All of these attributes will follow them the rest of their lives.”