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Lightning Strikes Twice!
BRYC U13 Girls Squad Wins ODSL Sportsmanship Honors for Second Time in Three Seasons

Each season the coaches in the ODSL vote for a team in their division which exhibits the best sportsmanship toward opponents, referees and opposing fans.  The prestigious award is named after Randy Rawls, one of the leagues original founders and its first President.  The award honors the winner’s sense of fair play, something for which Randy was renowned as he sought to bring soccer opportunities to the youth of Northern Virginia. 

BRYC is pleased to announce that the U13 Girls Ligntning, coached by John Decker, managed by Siobhan Starrs, becomes the first BRYC squad to have achieved the honor for the second time, after having also been honored in their first season in the league, Fall 2013. BRYC prides itself for a record of sportsmanship and fairplay and we are very proud that this squad continues in that tradition.

Perhaps especially noteworthy this year is that the girls won the award despite a win-loss record that might have seriously discouraged them.  Their final game bodes well for the spring season, when they tied a team from Loudoun (1-1) that went into the game with a chance for the division title, only to be derailed by a group of girls who never gave up, playing their best game of the season with a lot of heart...and great sportsmanship.  Congratulations to coach Decker and the girls for a job well done.

BRYC Survives Thanks to Volunteers; Won't You Join Us?
As Little As a Few Hours Or As Much as a Season (or Ten!) Are Much Appreciated

The upcoming spring season has seen the departure of several BRYC veteran League Directors, leaving vacancies for the U9 Boys, U9 Girls and U10 Girls. In addition, some individuals volunteers are fillling multiple rolls, and we're looking to fill a new position as "Social Media Coordinator" to create a Rec Soccer presence on Facebook and Twitter. We're looking for folks who don't necessarily know how to play soccer but have the time, energy and desire to assist with the administration of the program. More and more, we miss those volunteers and have had to rely on coaches to pull double duty as League Directors and other volunteers who have been serving the organization for ten years or more.. Surely among the parents of some 1,500 players each season there must be a few who can spare just a few hours a week during the season ...VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! 

Spring 2015 Season Registration is Now Open!
Register EARLY to Save $$

The Spring 2015 season kicks off in early April.  

Click here to REGISTER NOW 

Parent Volunteers also need to register EVERY season! Even if you coached or assisted in the Fall, you need to register again for the Spring using the Parent Volunteer registration link.

If you need assistance, email BRYC Recreational Soccer Registrar Siobhan Starrs at brycregistrar@gmail.com. For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions click here.

Washington Spirit Announces 2015 Schedule
Reduced Price Tickets Available from BRYC

After a dismal 2013 season, the Washington Spirit came roaring back in 2014, going all the way to the conference semi-finals before falling to the mighty Seattle Reign who went on to win the converence championship against FC Kansas City.  As a reward (?) for its efforts, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has announced that the Spirit will have two home matches against the Reign in the upcoming 2015 season, the schedule for which has just been released. Unfortunately, just four Spirit games are scheduled before the end of the school year (one in April, two in May and one in early June, just before the break for the womens' World Cup), but they are all on Saturday nights. 

In support of the Washington Spirit, and as an incentive for BRYC families to take in a match at the beautiful Germantown MD facility, BRYC Recreational Soccer has purchased 70 game tickets with a face value of $25 which it will make available at the significantly reduced rate of just $10 each!  There will be a limit of four (4) tickets per BRYC family, or twelve (12) tickets per recreational team attending as a group, at the reduced rate.  (Additional tickets will be available for $20 each.) Why not check out the Sprit's schedule and plan to take in a game, either as a family or encouraging your team to attend as a group.  Anyone who has attended a game in the Spirit's first two weasons will tell you what a great experience it is to be up close to the action at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

For more information or to place an order for your tickets, email the BRYC Webmaster at brycstars@aol.com.

BRYC Sweeps Braddock District Champions of Character Awards
Parent, Coach, and Athletes Receive Well Deserved Recognition

In a ceremony in the atrium of the Fairfax County Government Center, Braddock District "Champions of Character" awards were present to middle-school football player Matthew Orjuela, former recreational soccer League Director and still very active parent Beth McHale, U19 Girls recreational soccer player Marisa George, and NVSL coach, U6 coach, not to mention "Friday Night Lights" organizer, John Kelleher. Joining the honorees in the photo are Fairfax County Braddock District Supervisor, John Cook; Fairfax County Director of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Chris Leonard; and former BRYC President, now Braddock District Representative on the Fairfax County Athletic Council, Marcia Pape. For more on each of the honorees, follow the link to the complete story on the BRYC.org home page.

A New D.C. United Stadium...Finally!
City Council Approves Funding. Stadium To Be Ready for 2017 Season

In the waning days of 2014, the D.C. Council has approved the development of the new 20,000-25,000-seat stadium for D.C. United in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest Washington. The legislation’s passage targets the opening of the stadium in 2017 and ensures that D.C. United will make the District of Columbia its home for generations to come.

“We are grateful that D.C. United’s future in our nation’s capital is secure,” said D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien. “This is a historic victory for the team and its fans, the city, the region and the sport of soccer in this country."

The approval of the new stadium bill is the culmination of more than a decade of efforts, including most recently two-and-a-half years of work by D.C. United and District of Columbia leadership. In July 2012, the team’s ownership first met with the Mayor about securing a new stadium. In July 2013, they announced a signed term sheet, and an agreement was transmitted to the D.C. Council in May 2014.

BRYC Recreational Soccer has been a season ticket holder with D.C. United for many years, using up to eight tickets for every home game to reward volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their support for the recreational soccer program.  

BRYC Alums Gather on the Pitch for Holiday Games
Perfect Weather Greets Oldtimers at Woodson HS

With perfect (if you like cold...but at least dry!) weather and almost perfect numbers, BRYC's Annual High School Girls and Boys Alumni Holiday Games were played on Saturday December 20...the girls at Woodson West and the boys in the Woodson HS stadium.  For the girls (young ladies!) 17 alumnae dating back to Coach Doug Alcorn's "She Devils" class of 2004 "...showed the 17 youngins how to play."  For the boys (young men!) John Kelleher reports that most of the 25 were alumns, with just a smattering of current Senior Division players...but age doesn't matter.  It's the tradition and the camaraderie that count. 
 
Thanks to Doug and John for all you both do for the current group of BRYC's most senior players, and for arranging the this most anticipated holiday event for BRYC's players from the past.

CDC Offers Online Training on Concussions
Will Become Mandatory for All Coaches in the Near Future

Concussions in sports is a very HOT topic right now, from youth leagues to colleges and professional athletes. Every public school sports program has a policy for handling concussions, and mandatory education for parents and athletes. Many sports clubs, including BRYC, are joining the move to raise awareness about concussions and their treatment.

In the Fall 2011 season, John Almquist, Administrator of Athletic Training Programs for Fairfax County Public Schools, presented a seminar on Concussions in Youth Sports. The presentation was very enlightening.

It is absolutely worth every coach’s time to educate themselves, their parent group and players, on the latest findings. Here is a link to a Concussion Training Video offered by the Center for Disease Control. This training will soon be mandatory for all parents, players, and team officials.

BRYC, the Braddock Road Youth Club, is a non-profit organization in Fairfax County, Virginia, established in 1968 to offer a variety of youth sports activities in the Burke/Annandale/ Springfield, Virginia area.  BRYC Soccer is divided into two programs, Recreational Soccer and Travel Soccer.  This web site is devoted exclusively to BRYC’s Recreational Soccer program, consisting of neighborhood-based teams. Any youth that signs up to play in the recreational league will be placed on a team.  For information on BRYC Travel Soccer, go to brycsoccer.com. For links to all the BRYC sports programs, from football to fast-pitch softball, go to bryc.org.

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