Uniform Night Scheduled Thursday, April 9, Before Start of Play
Just days ago, when the view of Chapel Square field looked like the picture on the left, it was hard to imagine that in just a few short weeks it will be time for Spring Season to begin.
The snow has now melted, the turf blankets have been removed, the Canada geese have returned to feast on the lush green grass, and at the Coaches' Meeting on March 19, coaches received their game and practice schedules, their equipment, and most inportant, their rosters. All players registered for the spring season should be hearing from their coach within a week to ten days at the latest. Call or Email your League Director if you haven't.
Before the season begins do you need a complete uniform or perhaps just a pair of gray socks? Uniform night is scheduled on Thursday, April 9 from 5:30-8:00 PM at Little Run Elementary School, your first, last, and ONLY opportunity to purchase whatever you need (or exchange something that doesn't fit) before the season starts on April 11.
ODSL U12B Gunners in Search of a Player
The BRYC Gunners (Boys U12 ODSL Travel Team) have an immediate opening on their squad. If interested, get in touch with Coach Mohamed Diaw at Kaoteef@yahoo.com.
Recreational Soccer Sweeps Big Board Elections
Standing Room Only Crowd at BRYC's Annual Meeting
On the evening of Wednesday, March 11, with the Kings Park Community Meeting Room filled to capacity, Braddock Road Youth Club President Charles Osborn reported on the organization's sucesses in past year and the fiscal health of the organization...a small operating surplus on gross expenses of $1.7 million for all of the sports activities sponsored by the organization.
Then, in elections to three year terms, four members of the Recreational Soccer Executive Committee (EXCOM) were voted onto the board of the parent club. Two of them, former Rec Soccer Commissioner and BRYC President Dane Merkel, along with Rec Soccer's Referee Director John Davis, are incumbent members continuing their long service to the organization. Two others, Rec Soccer's budget coordinator Elizabeth Giuliani and Deputy Commissioner/ODSL Representative as well as All Star Coordinator Anthony Pagano, were each elected to their first terms on the board.
Congratulations to the four of them and thanks to the many supporters of "the beautiful game" who attended the meeting to show their support for the candidates and BRYC's Recreational Soccer program.
John Davis Elizabeth Giuliani Dane Merkel Anthony Pagano
BRYC Supports Washington Spirit Through Season Ticket Purchase
Deeply Discounted Tickets Available to Rec Soccer Families
After a lackluster 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 conference championship. The Spirit will have two home matches against the Reign in the upcoming 2015 season and at least one game against each other team. 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.
Thanks to the Spirit for their donation of the team's 2015 season scarf, won at the coaches' meeting by by first-year U10 Girls Coach Barbara Barata, pictured right. And special thanks to the Washington Spirit's Head Coach and General Manager Mark Parsons (shown far right with BRYC's Spirit Liaison Ralph Schuetz) for his attendance and memorable presentation at the meeting.
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 Rec Soccer has purchased 70 game tickets 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 Spirit'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 seasons 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 email@example.com.
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 a couple of vacancies currently filled by our hard-working Junior Division Deputy Commissioner Peter Phipps, doubling as LD for the U9 and U10 Girls. In addition, having just (finally!) entered the 21st century with a Facebook page, 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!
ZINGA! Offers Something Special on Opening Day, Saturday, April 11
Get 20% Off When You Wear Your BRYC Jersey or Spirit T
Celebrate the opening of the spring season on Saturday, April 11, with a frozen yogurt treat at Zinga!, located between Hunan West and Peet's Coffee (and right next to the entrance to the BRYC Clubhouse) in the Kings Park Shopping Center.
Zinga! generously offers 10% off to BRYC clad patrons at any time, but in recognition of the opening of the spring season, Zinga! has doubled the discount to 20% off all purchases made by BRYC families who arrive for a treat any time that day (they’re open from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM) wearing a BRYC jersey or spirit wear. Come with your family or gather together with your coach and your teammates and cool off (we can only hope it's warm day after the past few months!) after your first game of the season. Just be sure to wear your BRYC blue (or gray!) and remind them to note that you’re a proud member of the Braddock Road Youth Club.
Thanks to Zinga's Owner/Operator Joy Higbie for her generous supporty of BRYC!
Spring 2015 Registration Coming to an End
Registration for the Spring 2015 Season continues! Some Leagues are already full, while others are filling up fast!
If you need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions click here.
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.