Baby, It's Cold Outside! All the Hot Chocolate You Can Drink.
Long-time Senior Division Deputy Commissioner Doug Alcorn has announced that the annual High School girls and boys alumni holiday games will be held Saturday 21 December at Wakefield Park. The girls will play at 11 am and boys at 1 pm. All past and current players in the HS age league (U16/19) are invited to play. Doug promises that there will be all the hot chocolate you can drink....which, if the weather is anything like it was on the first weekend of December, could be quite a lot! For more information please visit www.TeamAlcorn.com.
BRYC Girls Shine in Herndon Tournament Action
U9s and U19s Make it to the Finals for Well-Earned Trophies
Coach Martin Quiroz’ U19 Girls All Stars Coach Mitch Bennett’s U9 Girls All Stars
On a rather cold and damp November weekend (perfect weather for playing soccer, perhaps, but not so much for the parents?) two squads of BRYC girls punched their tickets to the final match of their brackets before coming up just short of their championship goal, nonetheless earning trophies as tournament finalists.
After a respectable record during Saturday's preliminary games, the U19 girls got an opportunity to play (almost) full-length games on Sunday, defeating Chantilly 1-0 on a goal by Caitlyn (Bubbles) T. with an assist from Marisa G. and besting a physical Herndon squad 2-1 on goals by Marisa and Nora M. (assist from Bubbles). Nora's game winner hit the back of the net with 90 seconds left in the game. Playing for the championship against a Burke team the BRYC girls had defeated 2-1 on Saturday, the girls ran into a stout defense and the game ended 0-0. The Burke team had the better penalty kickers on Sunday and took home the championship trophies.
Veteran coach Mitch Bennett took his squad of much less experienced U9 Girls to their date with destiny, losing the final match by the narrowest margin of 1-0. For some of the girls, possibly playing in their first tournament and coming up against a team that was just as determined to win as they were, there were a few moments of tears as the game ended. But after a few consoling words from the coach, a congratulatory handshake and the repeated mantra "Good game! Good Game!", by the time the girls accepted their Finalist trophies they were almost all smiles. (The far right picture below may be fuzzy because of fading light but it’s still the webmaster’s favorite!)
Congratulations to the girls and their coaches, and to all the BRYC boys and girls who participated in the tournament. Win, lose, or draw, their selection to an All Star Squad is something to be proud of. Better luck to all next spring.
Seven ODSL Squads Enter Post Season Tournament Action
Hunt Country Fall Classic Hosts Six While One Travels to Virginia Beach
Six of the Fall’s eleven new ODSL squads didn’t want their seasons to end and have entered the Hunt Country Classic, co-sponsored by the Fauquier County and Northern Virginia Soccer Clubs. Coach Yong Kim’s U9 Boys Strikers, Coach Carlos Merino’s U11 Boys Lions, Coach Mohamed Diaw’s U11 Boys Gunners, Coach Mike Newman’s U10 Girls Panthers, Coach Tim Poole’s U11 Girls Avengers, and Coach John Decker’s U12 Girls Lightning will all travel a little further to participate at fields in Prince William and Fauquier Counties on the following weekend.
And finally, Coach Jim Clark’s U13 Girls Rage ODSL squad, who were BRYC Recreational Soccer’s first ODSL squad and won the West Virginia Mountaineer Open in their first post-season appearance last Spring, a precursor to a great fall season with a record of 7-0-1, scoring 21 times and allowing it’s only goal in a 1-1 tie on the final day of the season, have entered the Atlantic Cup tournament, sponsored by the Virginia Rush Athletic Club in Virginia Beach, in early December. We wish them continued success.
U19 Boys Take BRYC's First Fall Tournament Championship
Coach Peyser's Boys Won Seven In a Row to Close the SFL Season
An opening game loss to a team from Burke on September 7 turned out to be the only loss of the season for the U19 Boys squad coached by Mitch Peyser, with the assistance or Coaches Rich Bautista and David Burns. The team compiled an impressive 9-1-1 overal record, including five wins in a row to end the regular season and two more tournament wins to earn the SFL championship trophies. After giving up four goals in their first game the boys gave up only nine more in the next nine game combined, while scoring 39 of their own, for the best goal differential of any of the 44 SFL teams in action this season. The regular season winning streak included victories over teams from Springfield, Northern Virginia, Vienna, McLean, and Prince William. In tournament action, after half-time ties, the boys twice turned up the heat in the second half to beat Haymarket by a score of 3-1 and Prince William by a score of 4-2. Congratulations to the boys and their coaches for their great season.
Are You Up to the Challenge of Coaching?
Fall Battle Scheduled; VYSA Certification Classes Announced
BRYC Director of Training Joan Smith has announced that the 2nd annual Fall Coach’s Challenge, pitting BRYC boy’s team coaches against the girl’s team coaches, has been scheduled on Sunday, December 15 at Wakefield Park. After losing the first two contests, but winning in the Spring, the girs’ coaches are looking for their second victory in the series to even the score. For complete information including time and RSVP instructions, coaches should check their email or the full story posted within Coaches Corner.
More importantly, also posted in Coaches Corner is the schedule of BRYC sponsored VYSA Coaching Certification Courses being offered in the spring. For returning coaches who have not yet been taken a course, BRYC requires certification after two full seasons. Or if you'll be coaching for the first time in the Spring, you'll be far more prepared for the "challenge" if you've taken the course. So go to Coaches Corner, mark the dates on your calendar, and sign up now!
Spring 2014 Registration Is Open
Do It Now While You're Thinking About It!
The Spring 2014 season kicks off in late March.Registration is now underway. Too many families forget to register in the Fall and think of it too late to get on a team in the Spring. Do it now when your placement on a team is guaranteed and save $$$$ on Spring play.
If you need assistance, please email email@example.com or call in the evenings only 703-323-5747. For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions click here.
BRYC Dynamo Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
U10 Boys ODSL Squad Sartorially Splendid for the Month of October
Beginning with the Battlefield Tournament over the Columbus Day weekend, where they boys made it to the finals with a 3-0 record before losing a heartbreaker to Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) in the finals, Coach Anthony Pagano’s U10 Boys Dynamo have shown BRYC’s colors well...and with a bit of their own touch...pink socks to show their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Coach Pagano says "there’s hardly anyone on the team who doesn’t know somebody close to them who has been affected by that disease."
It was the coach’s son Nathan who suggested the team should do it and the rest of the team supported the idea enthusiastically as "one small way we could show our support for those who have suffered from (breast cancer)." Kudos to the boys for their initiative and thoughtfulness.
Pictured at the right, referee Dan Cho and Team Manager Irma Rupar during the team’s pre-game inspection (including a couple of boys who didn’t get the word!) and roster check before their 2-1 victory over Vista Heat on October 26.
Fall Season Comes to an End
What a Difference a Year Makes. Coaches and Players Can't Wait for Spring!
For the many volunteers, especially the coaches, that it takes to maintain a first-rate program like BRYC’s, the end of another soccer season is a bittersweet time. All Star coaches will be busy through the end of November before they get to relax, but for the others, this Saturday marks the end of having to race home from the office for an early practice, or having to wake up on a frosty Saturday morning to set up a field for the first game of the day. For that they are no doubt thankful.
At the same time, for some who live and breathe the beautiful game, or simply enjoy spending a few hours a week on the pitch with the kids, especially those coaching the younger set in the "Mini-Kickers" Division, seeing just how far the boys and girls have progressed in a season has to be one of the great rewards of coaching.
Take the U7 Boys "Sonic Strikers", coached by Rorik Ebbesen, assisted by various parents during the season including Yong Kim (father of Benjamin) and Mike Kucharczk (father of Robert) on Saturday mornings when the boys are playing two simultaneous games. At the beginning of the season it was getting used to goal kicks and kick-ins instead of coaches constantly keeping a ball in play. By the end of the season it must be of some satisfaction to now watch the boys "kind of" understand what the diamond formation is all about...or at least understand what the coaches mean when they tell the boys to "move up" or where they want them to be on the field if they are a forward, a defender, or an "all field" player. It almost seems a shame that the season is so short and ends so soon. (It doesn’t have to. There is, after all, indoor soccer to fill those long winter months!)
If you really want to stay involved, the EXCOM (including the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, League Directors, Registration, Uniforms, Fields, Referees and other supporting cast) continues to meet through the winter months in preparation for the spring season. There are at least one or two open positions for the spring season. We’d love to have you join us. Call or email Commissioner Dan Lemieux if you’d like to be more involved.
(Thanks to parent/photographer Ilean Kucharzyk for her photos from the Strikers hard-fought late-October game against the Eagles.)
Washington Spirit 2014 Season Tickets on Sale
General Admission "Flex Pak" is a Great Deal; Even Better Through End of the Year
BRYC was proud to support the Washington Spirit in 2013 in its innaugural season as a member of the new National Womens’ Soccer League (NWSL). We plan to do even more in the upcoming 2014 season, including yet another BRYC night after our successful first effort last Spring. If you were even an infrequent attendee in 2013 you’ll know how beautiful and crowd-friendly the Geermantown Maryland SoccerPlex is for catching the Spirit in action. You’ll also know that you got to see some top notch women’s soccer, with members of the national teams of the U.S, Canada, and Mexico playing for the Spirit and each of the other seven teams in the league, not to speak of some home-grown talent including BRYC alum Kika Toulouse.
While the 2014 schedule hasn’t yet been announced, it’s not to early to buy tickets for the eleven game season which will begin in April, with reserved seat earlybird prices ranging from $180-310 while individual game reserved seats will run from $30-50 each, if available. Order your season tickets here. If you don’t anticipate attending a full season of games, consider the Spirit’s "Flex Pak", ten vouchers that can be exchanged for individual unreserved game tickets for just $150, completely flexible and a full $10 per ticket lower than individual game admission. (Some restricitons apply.) Download complete ticket pricing information here.
They Join Wakefield Park and Robinson HS in Providing All Weather Surface
After becoming Fairfax County Park Authority’s first "partner" in the turfing of Wakefield Park, and after working with Robinson High School in 2012 to turf their stadium and practice fields, BRYC formed another partnership this past spring to turf both the stadium and practice fields at Woodson High School. After the Cavaliers innagurated the stadium field in their first Friday night football game of the season, BRYC was right behind with a full schedule of soccer on Saturday and Sunday. With the practice fields used principally for simultaneous cross-field, small-sided games, BRYC now has up to seven turf field slots available for play most weekends, using them for recreational, ODSL, and NCSL matches.
On Sunday, October 20, the webmaster took in three ODSL matches during the afternoon action, with everyone from the U9 Girls to the U16/17 Boys able to play the beautiful game in beautiful weather on beautiful synthetic surfaces. But even in less than beautiful weather, many more BRYC games can now go on than was the case when a bunch of volunteers had to get up early on Saturday mornings to see if the grass fields were playable after a night of rain.
Check out a few action photos from the weekend’s ODSL action, featuring Coach Pierre Martel’s and Susie Hamrock’s undefeated BRYC United U9 Girls.
Additional photos from their game as well as photos from Coach Jim Clark’s and Fred Welther’s undefeated BRYC Rage U13 Girls, and Coach Louis Riesco’s and Dane Markel’s 3-1-2 BRYC Lumark SC (who played to a nail-biting 1-1 draw against the division’s only undefeated team which traveled all the way from Charlottesville) will be posted shortly on the ODSL page linked from the menu at the top.
D.C. United and D.C. Mayor Announce Plans for Stadium
Could Be Ready for 2016 Season
D.C. United co-owner Jason Levien and Washington D.C Mayor Vince Gray have announced plans for a $300 million project which would result in the Red and Black having a new, 20,000-seat stadium at Buzzard Point by 2016. United’s current home, Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, is a half-century-old relic. Meanwhile, most other MLS clubs have built soccer-specific stadiums in the last five to ten years.
If the plans go forward, United will pay the cost of constructing the stadium but the city will pay the cost and/or make the deals for the land, currently owned by the development firm Akridge, by Pepco, and by investor Mark Ein. Of course the deal also needs the approval of the D.C. Council, which is not a sure thing after the significant cost overruns in the building of Nationsls Park.
The stadium plan comes after years of on-again, off-again plans and announcements, and even the possibility of the team moving either to Maryland or Virginia.
BRYC has been a strong supporter of D.C. United over the years, with BRYC Nights at RFK Stadium being one of the most enjoyable evenings out for BRYC players and their families. BRYC has purchased a block of season tickets to D.C. United games for many years, used for prize drawings and Thank Yous to our many hard working volunteers.
Located in what was once the "Something Special" store, between Hunan West and Caribou Coffee (right next to the entrance to the BRYC Clubhouse) in the Kings Park Shopping Center, Zinga!, which sponsored a "BRYC Day" during the fall season, has generously offered to continue to give a 10% discount to any BRYC family who arrive for a treat any time wearing a BRYC jersey cap, jacket, or spirit wear. Just remind them to note that you’re a proud member of the Braddock Road Youth Club.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has generously supported BRYC Soccer with items for our training programs and a discount gift certificate for all our players and coaches. Follow the link below to find coupons for 10% off your soccer supplies for this fall. The coupons are good through November 30th.
Help thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for their support of recreational youth sports by giving them your business!
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.