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Players run defensive drills during a football camp in Kaiserslautern, Germany in 2017. Some spots are still available for a football camp set to run July 25 to July 29, 2022, at Kaiserslautern High School.

Players run defensive drills during a football camp in Kaiserslautern, Germany in 2017. Some spots are still available for a football camp set to run July 25 to July 29, 2022, at Kaiserslautern High School. (Stars and Stripes)

Two weeks before high school practices begin, Kaiserslautern High School in Germany is offering American and local national youths a chance to attain or refine football skills.

Such camps used to be commonplace in DODEA-Europe, but Raiders coach Robert Allen said he’s not aware of another one this summer. This one starts at the school at 10 a.m. Monday and features a new option.

A digital combine sponsored by USA Select will be held at the beginning and end of camp for athletes to receive official times in agility drills and 10-, 20- and 40-yard dashes.

About 90 participants had registered as of Friday morning, Allen said, and there was still space for more. He said about half the entrants are from German clubs, with most of the rest American youths living in the greater Kaiserslautern Military Community.

High school or middle school athletes from other locations are welcome to apply but they will be responsible for their own lodging. The camp fee is $110 and includes breakfast, lunch and T-shirts in addition to the instruction and results from digital testing. Athletes must have approved physicals before participating.

Allen said participants will receive “intensive fundamental football skills” on both the field and classroom in daily sessions running from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.

DODEA-Europe football teams are allowed to start practicing Aug. 8, with the first games scheduled for Sept. 2.

For information about the camp, contact Allen at robert.allen@student.dodea.edu.

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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for almost 38 years.
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