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.
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.
Dick's Sporting Goods Makes Donation to BRYC
New Store Open in Springfield Mall in Time for Holiday Shopping
As it has for a number of sesons, Dick's Sporting Goods has once again made a significant donation to BRYC's Recreational Soccer program by offering gift certificates and merchandise to be awareded at the annual (Boys' and Girls') Coaches Challenge in early December, where coaches from the fall season just ended will compete for the coveted title. This season Dick's has provided Pugg goals, great for training, and $200 in gift certificates to be awarded to a number of lucky coaches at the end of the contest.
For the convenience of many, if not most, BRYC families, Dick's has just opened a new store at the Springfield Town Center, open 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily through Christmas. Sporting goods or all shapes and sizes are always much appreciated by both kids and coaches and the new store is a convenient place to shop. Besides opening a new store, Dick's is offering 10% off a variety of merchandise through special coupons for BRYC families only. Just click on this coupon link and print out your coupons before you head to the store.
Thanks to Dick's for their continuing support of BRYC.
Baby, It's Cold Outside!
All Star Squads Endure Frigid Temperatures to Bring Home Some Hardware from the Herndon All Star Cup
It's an honor to be selected for an end-of-season All Star squad, but in what may be the lowest temperatures for an All Star tournament in recent memory, players, parents, and coaches had to endure two days of bitter cold to reach championship matches on Sunday. At least four teams did so, including the second division Champion U10 Boys coached by Mike Essig; first division Finalist U11 Boys coached by Sean Flanagan; second division Finalist U11 Girls coached by Joe Wiley; and first division Champion..the "creme de la creme", U19 Girls coached by Josh Rock. The webmaster endured the same cold to capture some great photos..and got an assist from an assistant coach and a parent or two . It's hard to choose from the hundreds of photos but these three are the webmasters favorites.
Even Viennna's goalie applauded The U19 Girls' semi final match vs. The U19 Boys, coached by Mitch
this stop during a nine-round PK NVSC was a thrilling, come from Peyser play some hard-headed shootout in the U11 Boys semis. behind 2-1 win. (Photo by M. Quiroz) soccer, but lost in the semi-finals.
And finally check out the three photos below which will give you an idea of just how cold it was!
U19 Boys cheering section on Sunday. U9 and U19 Girls players bundled up on the sidelines, waiting to go in, coach!
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.
BRYC U12B Lions End the Season Strong
Go Undefeated for Second Consecutive End-of-Season Tournament Championship
As they had at the close of the highly successful Spring Season, the BRYC U12B Lions (ODSL), coached by Carolos Merino, went on the road in search of another tournament championship. Parent Melissa Yancy reports that they came back with the trophy after a second consecutive 4-win, 0-loss record, proving their strength over all challengers.
This time it was the Commonwealth Invitational, sponsored by the Dynamo Soccer Club in suburban Richmond. The Lions arrived at the tournament on Saturday ready to end their season on a high note. Taking the field for their first match against the Monticello United Red Devils, they immediately set the pace, working the ball down the field with beautiful crossover’s right to the goal. Without losing stride, they kept the pressure on the Devil’s the entire game, finishing with a 4-0 win.
Travel to Washington to Defeat the Previously Undefeated Soccer on the Hill
U13/14 Girls League Director and Spirit Coach Jon Fredrick and his team have a reason to feel proud after coming away with a season-ending playoff win over a very tough team from the Washington DC based club, Soccer on the Hill (SOTH). At the end of the nine game regular season, Spirit sported a record of 7-0-2, just behind SOTH with a record of 8-0-1. The two teams had scored the most goals of any two in the league, and also allowed among the fewest, finishing one and two in the SFL’s 22-team Division 2 standings. A one game head-to-head match would decide the division championship.
In a back-and-forth game in which BRYC relinquished an early goal but came back to take a 2-1 lead on goals by Christine M. and Josie P. SOTH tied the match at 2 all but relinquished the lead when Savannah F. put the ball in the back of the net. Unfortunately they once again tied the score at 3-3 before regulation time ended. The two teams were incredibly evenly matched on both offense and defense so it came as no surprise that it was going to come down to a penalty kick shootout to decide the winner. Soccer on the Hill went first on the shootout and scored the first goal but Spirit goaltender Sydney S. dug in and stopped the next four shots. Meanwhile, Spirit missed its first three PK attempts but made their last two shots to win the game. It couldn’t have been any more exciting than that.
In other U14 Girls SFL action, Dane Merkel's BRYC3 squad for winning both their games this weekend, defeating Chantilly in the semi-finals and Haymarket in the finals in another PK shootout to win their tournament bracket and, with a final record of 6-1-3, move themselves all the way up to fourth place in the 22-team division. Jason Stanley's BRYC2 team won their tournament semi-final game against Alexandria (a team they lost to by a score of 4-0 during the season), before falling to Fairfax in the finals of their bracket by a score of 1-0.
Congratulations to all three coaches and their girls for great seasons.
BRYC Dynamo U11 Boys Go Undefeated
Cap Perfect Fall '14 Season With Division Championship
The BRYC Dynamo U11 Boys (ODSL) team finished their Fall 2014 season with a perfect 8-0 record, en route to their first-ever Division Championship in just their third season in ODSL, and hot on the heels of taking Finalist honors in Spring 2014. The Dynamo, coached by Anthony Pagano with the assistance of Michael Cranna and Julie Little, scored 44 goals with only 8 goals allowed – both best in Division 2 - while beating all comers. Dynamo’s success has been building since its inaugural season. Dynamo also took Finalist honors in both the 2013 and 2014 Battlefield Tournaments, earned ODSL Division 3 Finalist honors in in the Spring 2014 season, and have lost only one game in their past two ODSL seasons. The Dynamo boys will continue their rise to Division 1 in Spring 2015, where they hope to bring home more silverware. Congratulations Dynamo! For more information on Dynamo including schedule, statistics, results, standings and other information, please visit the team’s official website.
DANGER! Wins High School Girls House Soccer League Championship
Finishes Fall Season with an Overall Record of 10-1-1
Sunday, November 2 -- Like a proud parent announcing the birth of his first child, U16/19 League Director Mac Squires called the webmaster moments after the final whistle blew to announce that "DANGER!", coached by BRYC Recreational Soccer's own League Commissioner James Sullivan, had just won the final game of the championship playoffs of the 14-team HSGHSL (High School Girls House Soccer League) by a score of 1-0, netting the only goal of the game in the final minute of regulation time. After marching through the regular season with a record of 8-1-1, including seven shutouts among its eight victories, DANGER! had won it's semi final game against BRYC's own 4th seeded "She Devils" a day earlier by the same 1-0 score as their tight defense, which had allowed only five goals in ten games regular season games, held two more opponents scoreless.
From writing about their accomplishments for many years, the webmaster knows that no game is taken any more seriously than a game between the two finalist teams and their coaches who have "grown up" playing against each other since they met as U13/14s and possibly before, so a win in the championship game meant more than just a season ending championship trophy. It means bragging rights! Congratulations to Sullivan's girls, as well as the She Devils, coached by Squires and Deputy Commissioner Doug Alcorn. Congratulations are also due to coach Josh Rock and his girls for being the only one of fourteen teams all season to notch a victory against either the DANGER! or SYC squads....and they did it against both of them!
Now, for a completely different "insiders" perspective on the championship game, click "Continue" below.
The webmaster realized that he'd been remiss in not posting any action photos this season so on the final Saturday he ventured across the street to get a few pictures of the final game of the season for the U12 Boys. Greeting the blue team assistant coach at the end of the game the Webmaster asked for the team name. "What?" he replied. "What's the team name?" the webmaster asked again. "Yes," replied the coach. Cute! So much more creative than the Dragons, let alone United! Somewhat fearful that he might be told that the team was coached by "Who!", the webmaster didn't ask but later learned that the squad was actually ably coached this season by Jennifer Sullivan.
Meanwhile, the webmaster learned that the gray team, coached by Omar Khalil, was so focused on the game that had never even bothered giving themselves a name this season. The coach told the webmaster they were known simply as "Team 4". So, at the bottom of the story, press"Continue" for a few more action photos of "Team 4" vs. "What?" Then start thinking about team names for the spring season!
Thanks to all our fall season coaches who we hope will be returning in the spring, and to all our referees as well, including Bob Heyer, BRYC coach and referee par excellence for more years than he can remember, refereeing the U12 Boys game alongside ARs Harrison and Andrew Porth.
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 email@example.com. For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions click here.
ODSL Squads Announce Tryouts for Spring 2015 Rosters
U13G Lightning and U14B Raiders Are the First to Announce Plans
As the fall season winds down, BRYC's current ODSL squads will be announcing tryouts for their Spring 2015 rosters. Click here to go directly to the ODSL page on this site to see which teams have scheduled tryouts. Return often to see additions and changes to the tryout schedule.
The Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL) is a great opportunity for players to be challenged and grow in a more competitive environment. All ODSL coaches are licensed with multiple seasons of coaching experience. Each coach brings his or her individual personality to the pitch but the primary focus of all teams is on individual player development, learning to play in a team atmosphere, and sportsmanship. For any questions you may have, please contact the coach for the team you are interested in or the ODSL Deputy Commissioner Andy Seamans at BRYC_ODSL@yahoo.com (703-978-5396).
BRYC Gunners Earn ODSL Honors
Coach Diaw's Boys Win Sportsmanship Award While Compiling a 5-1-2 Record
It isn't every season that a team with a great record is also able to earn the respect of its opponents as the best sportsmen in the ODSL, but during the Spring 2014 season, Coach Mohammed Diaw and his U11 (now U12) Boys, now in their third season in the highly competitive ODSL, did just that. Finishing second in their division with a record of 5-1-2, the team won the post-season voting by each of the other clubs to bring home the Randy Rawls sportsmanship award for their first time...the only BRYC squad to be so honored. Team Manager Eddie Colter took the team photo after their first game of the fall season, where the boys are off to another fast start with a record of 3-0-1 at the midway point. Along with all the other ODSL award winners, the boys will get to attend an upcoming DC United match in recognition of their accomplishment. Congratulations to the boys and their coach not just for winning games but for being good sports at the same time.
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.
Under New Management: James Sullivan Named Soccer Commissioner
Replaces the Outgoing Dan Lemieux
At its regularly monthly meeting in July the BRYC Executive Committee regretfully accepted the resignation of Commissioner Dan Lemieux (far right) and unanimously voted to name James Sullivan (near right) as the new leader of the BRYC's recreational soccer program. Lemieux had served the organization in various capacities, including coach and League Director, before assuming the position of Registrar which he held for two years immediately prior to being named Commissioner in 2012, replacing David Knight in that role.
With no "obvious" replacement waiting in the wings, the EXCOM was thrilled to learn of the interest of Sullivan, who has coached for BRYC (now at the U16/19G level) for a number of years and attended countless EXCOM meetings as an observer, contributing sage advice and counsel on numerous occasions. He comes to the position well-liked by all, and, without saying, highly recommended by his wife, BRYC's outstanding Training Coordinator, Joan Smith.
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
BRYC Recreational Soccer wouldn't exist without the dedication of its volunteers. Our coaches are the most visible, and without them we would certainly have no program, but the more than two dozen members of the Executive Committee (EXCOM) work year-round to keep the organization running smoothly. That includes League Directors at every age level, four Deputy Commissioners to oversee and assist the work of the League Directors and our ODSL program, and ten "back office" members of the EXCOM responsible for the budget, equipment, field scheduling, field maintenance, referees, the registration process, training, uniform purchase and distribution, our All Star program, and this web site. A number of our volunteers no longer have children in the program but continue to offer their time and talents for the love of the game, the love of the kids, and the love of BRYC.
Still, this upcoming season, like every other in recent memory, has meant the departure of folks like BRYC veteran Dan Lemieux and at least four League Directors who had to be replaced by...VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! It isn't always an easy process finding those among our "family" who have the time, the energy, and the desire to help out. When you feel the urge to give back...or even if you don't feel it but are asked to give back to the organization that has provided countless hours of enjoyment for you and your children, we hope you'll consider the call. We need folks like James Sullivan to come forward ...and he did. If you want to volunteer in any capacity and with any skills whatsoever, email James to let him know you want to help when the next opening arises. Tell us what interests you, be it giving just a few hours of your time to something more substantial, and we'll put you to work. Even just a few hours of your time helping us with such activities as Photo and Uniform Distribution days will be so much appreciated...and we can't survive without you.
It's All In A Day's Work for the U11B Lions
Squad Travels to West Virginia, Wins Four Games, and Comes Home with Championship
The BRYC U11B Lions (ODSL) arrived at the Mountaineer Open Cup in Martinsburg WV on Sunday June 22, 2014 ready for action! The first game proved to be a quick win with the Lions challenging the host club's Tri Cities (TCSC) Galaxy from the beginning, coming away with a 2-0 victory. The Lions next faced a Chantilly team that was ready to take advantage of any weakness. Chantilly scored first and the boys had to recover quickly but that they did, regaining their focus and finishing the game with a win by a score of 3-1.
Before the third game the Lions had a few hours of rest and were ready for a challenging TCSC Elite team. Once again the Lions came out strong. Another 2-1 victory brought them to the championship game. With less than an hour rest from the heat and the three previous games, the Lions were ready. They went into the game with the Front Royal (FRSA) Rox team and kept their cool.The Lions showcased their strong foot skills and innate team ability, bringing their best to the tournament final in winning the championship game by a score of 4-1. The Lions showed that all of the hard work they have put in with countless training hours paid off. Congratulations to Coach Carlos Merino and the boys for the great showing.
BRYC Isn't for Losers...It's for Finders Too
Currently Looking for a Hoodie...and the Owner of a Wedding Band!
Lose something at the field? The first thing you need to do is look in the field shed or storage box. If it's not there, or if you find something and want to locate an owner, just email the BRYC Webmaster to have an item listed as lost or found on the web page dedicated to just that. Include the date, a brief description of the item lost or found, the location, and your contact information. We're currently in search of a green Under Armour hoodie with an orange logo, left behind on the Robinson Bermuda grass field.
Meanwhile, each season the webmaster builds up quite a collection of stuff which has gone unclaimed, from chairs to balls to all kinds of wearing apparel, some of it lost on various fields and this season, several items left at CWES on photo day. This week we've added a gold wedding band to the "found" list...not your everyday find to say the least. At the end of the season most unclaimed gear is donated to the Salvation Army...but probably not the wedding band!
Don't miss the chance to report found items or claim lost ones. Notify the webmaster if you find something, and check the Lost and Found page if you’re missing something. We're doing our best to reunite owners with their possessions.
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.