BRYC Teams Compete in Herndon All Star Tournament


Fifteen BRYC team participated in the Herndon All Star Tournament November 19 & 20. At the point of posting... we had one Champion and three Finalists in our ranks. CONGRATULATIONS to:

  • CHAMPIONS - U12 Boys coached by Kurt Langenbach
  • FINALISTS - U11 Boys coached by Mike Essig
  • FINALISTSU10 Boys coached by Jeff Anderson
  • FINALISTS - U9 Boys coached by Joe Wiley

For pictures of our teams and writeups, please CLICK HERE.

Congratulations to all our players and coaches who participated in the tournament. We know you made BRYC proud!!

BRYC Age Groups Change for Fall Season
USSF/USYS/VYSA Mandate Takes Effect beginning with Fall 2016 Registration

After some 25 years of determining a child’s soccer age group to (more or less) coincide with his or her school grade, when Fall season registration opens on Saturday, April 30, a player’s new soccer age will be determined by the year of his or her birth.  Instead of the soccer birth year running from August 1 to the following July 31, as it has for all current players since they started playing, henceforth the actual January-December year of a player’s birth will determine his or her soccer age.

This change has been mandated by the US Soccer Federation (USSF), and adopted by US Youth Soccer (USYS) and the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) as explained in a press release from USSF and USYS. As a member organization of the VYSA, BRYC must comply with the Age Group Mandate in order to participate in any inter-club play including Friendship Leagues, SFL, All Stars and ODSL. (Note that the press release also deals with a second mandate on small-sided play which will not be effective until the 2017-2018 season, but with which BRYC is already in substantial compliance.)

For much more detail on this very important notice press "Continue" below.

Washington Spirit Clinch Home Field Playoff Match
Away Loss to Seattle Reign Leaves NWSL Shield Winner in Doubt

After a 2-1 home win vs. the Seattle Reign just a few days earlier, the Spirit traveled to Seattle on September 11 for their second meeting of the season and fell to the two-time NWSL Shield winner by a score of 2-0.  Coupled with a win by the second-place Portland Thorns, the Spirit are now just one point ahead of the Thorns in the NWSL standings with one game regular season game remaining before the playoffs. Both Washington and Portland have earned a home-field playoff game but whether they finish first or second is still to be determined.  It couldn't be any more exciting in advance of the final game for each of clubs on the weekend of September 24-25. 

With a Spirit victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, they will nail down first place regardless of the result of Portland's match against Sky Blue FC on Sunday. Should the Spirit lose or draw in their game against Chicago, Portland will take over first place with either a win or a draw. Meanwhile, Chicago has clinched a playoff spot while Western New York and Seattle must await the outcome of their games to determine the fourth and final playoff-bound team.  

The Spirit thank BRYC for their support this season and hope to see BRYC families at the playoff game, perhaps the Spirit's best chance ever of making it to the NWSL Chammpionship contest. Watch here or at the Spirit's own web site for playoff ticket information when the date is set.

BRYC Players Help Teach the Coaches...
U13 and up Players Assist at the VYSA D License Evaluation Course

Robinson HS Upper Turf - December 10 & 11:  Because BRYC wants our coaches to be the best they can be for the kids in our communities we regularly host VYSA coach's licensing classes. At each class, players are needed to serve as the "team" while the coaches are instructed, practice what they learn and are eventually evaluated.

Over the weekend of December 10 & 11, BRYC hosted the VYSA D Evaluation Course. It was a chilly weekend, and yet many of our players chose to volunteer their time to give back to the sport and to support the coaches in our area.

Participating teams included:  John Kelleher's Friday Night Lights, Maggie Legum's Panthers (and friends), James Sullivan's DANGER! (and friends), Melissa Dennison's Gunners and Knights, Bob Heyer's Magic and Carlos Merino's FPYC Lions.

Super volunteers were IK from Friday Night Lights, who played the entire weekend (10 hours of soccer over 2 days!); and Fredy and Danny Vern from Magic (8 hours of soccer over 2 days!).

BRYC Coaches Maggie Legum and Marcelo Morales were among the coaches being evaluated for the D License. We wish them all our best as they wait for the results to come back.

BRYC is VERY PROUD of our young people who so generously gave their time this weekend, despite the cold weather. Youth sports teach life lessons in so many different ways, and instilling the desire to give back to grow something you love is definitely a life lesson worth learning.