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Saturday, April 19:
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Saturday, April 26:
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BRYC Fields Hotline:  (703) 354-7101

Field Status:Wednesday April 16 and Thursday April 17, 2014

 

Little Run ES is closed for practice on April 16. All other BRYC grass fields are open.

For April 17 all BRYC grass fields will be open for practice.

 

Looking for a Few Volunteers
Photo Days Coming to Olde Creek ES on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4

Have you boon looking for an easy way to help your soccer club, short of being a coach or a League Director, or an EXCOM member?  Here's your opportunity to lend a helpful hand.  

Photo Days are coming up on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, at Olde Creek Elementary School. Funny as it may sound, Photo Day can be one of the highlights of the season for coaches, teams and parents, almost a social event, as 98 teams of excited U5-U12 Boys and Girls and their parents show up at Olde Creel Elementary School, three teams at a time, for their team and individual photos.

One of the most colorful activities on Photo Days is the sale of BRYC Spirit Wear...those brightly colored T-shirts parents and kids wear to show their support of BRYC. If you didn't buy one online with registration or possibly at Uniform Night, Photo Days are the last opportunity each season to purchase your own Spirit Wear.  

But selling them takes volunteers.  A couple of EXCOM members will be there, but we're looking for five more dads, moms, or teens to help out at the sales table for just a couple of hours each.  If you're available, and want to help the club, click here to send an email Mac Squires to sign up for one of the following slots:

Saturday, May 3      8:00  -9:45  AM        9:45 - 11:30  AM     11:30 AM - 1:45 PM
Sunday, May 4        11:30 AM - 1:30 PM       1:30 - 3:30 PM

In your email, please note your preferred time and an alternate to give Mac the most flexibility in scheduling.  And if the thought of helping your club for just a couple hours of easy and enjoyable activity isn't motivation enough, there just might be a ticket or two to an upcoming D.C. United or Washington Spirit game awaiting the first five folks to sign up.  Thanks for your support.

 

BRYC to Operate Stars Elite in 2014 W-League Season
2013 USYS National Competitive Coach of the Year Larry Best Named Head Coach

In one of the most exciting announcements in Braddock Road Youth Club's storied history, United Soccer Leagues (www.uslsoccer.com) has announced that the BRYC will own and operate the "Braddock Road Stars Elite" during the 2014 season of the W-League, the first and longest-standing women’s soccer league in North America, celebrating it's 20th season. The 2014 W-League season will include 25 teams in four regional conferences playing 12 regular season matches from mid-May to mid-July. Featuring current and former international and professional stars, the W-League provides elite amateurs the opportunity to compete while maintaining their eligibility as college student-athletes.

The W-League is recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for female players, while offering affordable family entertainment for soccer fans throughout North America.  (Tickets for the home games in the Braddock Road Stars Elite innaugural season will be free, presenting an excellent opportunity to support the team, including current and former college players from NC State, UVA and Wake Forest, among others, as well as current and former BRYC Elite players, all following in the footsteps of former BRYC stars Mia Hamm, Jill Ellis, Megan McCarthy, Wendy Gebauer Palladino, Kika Toulouse, and current UCLA Head Coach Amanda Cromwell).  The BRYC squad will be competing in the league's Northeastern Conference, which includes two teams each from New York and New Jersey and, most notably, the Washington Spirit Reserves from nearby Germantown, Maryland.  Click here for the full press release from USLSoccer.

The Braddock Road women will play their home games at Robinson Secondary School, with the home opener scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at 7:00 PM vs. the Washington Spirit Reserves.  (Braddock Road will be playing its opening game of the season a week earlier on the evening of May 17 at the Spirit's home field in Germantown.  Click here for the BRYC Stars Elite complete season schedule and make plans to attend.

Spring Uniform Day Comes and Goes, Not Without a Snafu
Our Apologies for Running Out of Socks...Perhaps We Counted Heads Instead of Feet?

        

Uniform Coordinator Dan Cho (top right photo) thanks the large number of volunteer helpers, including EXCOM members, League Directors, Coaches, players, and just plain helpful folks who pitched in with the set-up so we could open the doors on time, helped hand out uniforms and model sizes, and those who were there until the end of the evening helping to pack away the goods until next fall.  We couldn't do it without you.

        

Jim Clark Named Head Girls Soccer Coach at Falls Church HS
BRYC Stalwart Will Continue to Coach ODSL U13G Rage in Addition to the Jaguars

When the Dean of Students at Falls Church High School reached out to the local soccer community in early January, searching for a new head girls coach for the Falls Church Jaguars, with tryouts scheduled to begin in mid-February, it seemed like a tall order.  It would take someone really special to fill those shoes on such short notice.  But BRYC's Training Director Joan Smith was anxious to get the word out.  She told the EXCOM "Our coaches do a great job and DESERVE the chance to go for an opportunity to progress in their coaching career....", and with the EXCOM's encourage-ment she forwarded the "Coach Wanted" listing to BRYC coaches who might fill the bill.

Now BRYC is extremely proud to announce that Jim Clark, coach and assistant coach within BRYC recreational soccer, All Star coach with his friend Fred Welther, and most recently the head coach of the U13 Girls Braddock Road Rage, BRYC's first re-entry into the ODSL program in the spring of 2013, has been named to the position.

Jim started playing soccer in Northern Virginia as a kid with both Annandale Boys and Girls Club (ABGC) and Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC), moving on to play varsity soccer at Falls Church from which he graduated in 1986...so he's returning to his alma mater in the new position.  Jim went on to play both soccer and rugby at Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington), graduating in 1990.  After college he played and coached indoor adult soccer for a few years before beginning his tenure with BRYC in 2009.

It was after the FPYC Spring 2012 All Star tournament that Jim entered a few of his U11 girls, nicknamed "The Rage", in BRYC Elite's "Fantastic Four" tournament, even though they'd never played 4v4 soccer.  They won, and the Rage wanted more.  By the spring season of the following year BRYC had worked out the details of returning to Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL) competition and Coach Jim and the Rage were,very happily, the BRYC guinea pigs.  (The program has now expanded to include a dozen squads in just a year since the first successful foray under Jim's guidance, ably assisted by Welther and by Team Manager Kimberly Yeo).  By the Fall of 2013, the Rage won ODSL's Division II title, and were ranked as high as 31st in the state for a U13G team. Thankfully, Jim will continue to coach the Rage as he takes the Jaguars' reins at Falls Church HS.

In his non-coaching life (for which it would seem there is little time remaining during the spring soccer season) Jim owns his own construction company.

Echoing Joan Smith's thoughts about wanting to provide opportunities for BRYC's coaches to advance, Rec Soccer's former Junior Division Deputy Commissioner (and current Equipment Coordinator) Craig Willett said "...We should always promote an opportunity for player and coach advancement.  The pie is not limited, but rather as large as the imagination and desire of the human spirit."   Jim Clark has just taken a large bite of that pie and we wish him (and the Rage and the Jaguars) nothing but the best in the upcoming season.

Three BRYC Squads Win ODSL Sportsmanship Honors
U9B Strikers, U10G Panthers and U12 Girls Lightning Do BRYC Proud

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 three of its first-year ODSL squads have been honored with the award for the Fall 2013 season, including the U9 Boys Strikers, coached by Yong Kim; the U10 Girls Panthers, coached by Mike Newman; and the U12 Girls Ligntning, coached by John Decker.  (Only three other soccer clubs earned more honors.)  BRYC prides itself for a record of sportsmanship and fairplay and we are very proud that these three teams continue in that tradition. 

Each of the winning teams will receive a handsome team trophy and individual awards for each team member, coach and assistant.  Teams that are returning for the Spring 2014 season will receive tickets for players and coaches to a DC United or Washington Spirit match where they will be honored at halftime.

BRYC Offers Free Washington Spirit Tickets!
Spirit Offers Reduced Prices for Single Game Tickets for All BRYC Members

As its contribution to the Washington Spirit this season, BRYC Recreational Soccer has purchased 40 ticket vouchers to see one of the Spirit's games at the Maryland Soccerplex. As its contribution to BRYC Recreational Soccer players, ALL OF THEM will be given away! See how your team could qualify.  Check out the details on our Washington Spirit web page.

Even if you don't qualify for a free ticket, here's some GREAT NEWS!  Because of its commitment to supporting the Spirit this season, BRYC members using a special discount code will be able to purchase any number of tickets to any and all Spirit games at the group rate or as low as $20 per ticket...a real bargain for a great afternooon or evening of soccer. 

Five of the seven Spirit games between the start of their season in mid-April and the last game before summer vacation, will be against one of the league's top four teams from last season. Press "Continue" below to check out the great early-season schedule, or go to the Washington Spirit's own web page for complete information.

Inclement Weather Policy

When inclement weather threatens play, BRYC officials walk the fields early game day morning to assess playing conditions. If adverse conditions at a field--usually, substantial amounts of standing water--are determined to pose a threat of injury to the players or damage to the field, all games scheduled at the field for the entire day are canceled and an announcement is placed on the BRYC hotline 703-354-7101) and it will be updated at 7:00 a.m. Note that BRYC officials may cancel games at certain fields, while allowing games at other fields to proceed.

When BRYC officials determine fields are playable despite inclement weather conditions, a message that games will be played as scheduled is placed on the hotline. If inclement weather continues, the trainers, in consultation with the league director decides whether to proceed with the scheduled game. Games terminated after half of the game has been played are considered complete.

Thunder and Lightning Policy:
IN CASE OF THUNDER OR LIGHTNING IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA, PLAY WILL BE SUSPENDED IMMEDIATELY!! Everyone (no exceptions) must immediately leave the field, seek shelter in their vehicles, and wait 30 minutes. The 30-minute waiting period starts again if additional thunder/lightning is observed. If inclement weather persists, your trainers will terminate the session.

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.

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.

Discount Offer from Our Friends at Dick's Sporting Goods

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. They also provide many of the prizes given out in the post-season coaches' game.  

Click on the Dick's "Special Soccer Offers" graphic to the right to find coupons for 10% off your soccer supplies for this spring. The coupons are good through July 10th. Help thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for their support of recreational youth sports by giving them your business!

Zinga! Offers Discount to BRYC Families Year-Round

Located 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" on opening day of the spring 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.

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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