Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL)
Deputy Commissioner: Anthony Pagano

Email:  bryc_all_stars@live.com
Phone:  (703) 426-5505

US Youth Soccer Mandate for Birth Year Teams
What it Means to BRYC's ODSL Teams
From:  Anthony Pagano, BRYC ODSL Travel Program Deputy Commissioner

To:       BRYC ODSL Teams

Subj:   US Youth Soccer Mandate for Birth Year Teams - What it Means to BRYC's ODSL Teams

As you know, US Youth Soccer and the Virginia Youth Soccer Association have mandated changes to player age groupings, beginning in the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 seasonal year.  This means a departure from the familiar "school year" age groupings to birth year groupings.  Going forward, players will be grouped and classified by the year of their birth.  For example, a team composed of players born between August 1, 2003 and July 31, 2004 would currently be a U12 team.  Under the mandate, the players born in 2003 would be on one team (U14 in Fall 2016), and the players born in 2004 on another (U13 in Fall 2016).

This does not mean that BRYC's existing ODSL teams are required to reorganize or make drastic roster changes.  ODSL is waiving its policy on players playing up as teams organize and reorganize in order to comply with the changed US Youth Soccer mandate for birth year teams.  This means that current team rosters do not need to change for the upcoming Fall season.

Each of the older BRYC ODSL teams should make its own decision in implementing the mandate.  BRYC will support and assist teams as they make the transition.  We expect and encourage our coaches to make appropriate decisions, in consultation with the parents of their players, taking into account the best interests of the players. 

However, we believe that our youngest ODSL teams (current U9s and U10s) should consider re-forming to birth year teams for the Fall 2016 season to avoid being in the position of having large numbers of players playing up for the next several seasons.  BRYC believes the players soccer and social development will be improved by playing with players in the appropriate age group as provided for under US Youth Soccer guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact Anthony Pagano, BRYC ODSL Travel Program Deputy Commissioner, at ajpagano@live.com or 703-839-2180.

Five Myths About the Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL)
If you’re not familiar with the Old Dominion Soccer League, let us clear up a few myths:

                Myth 1. You already have to be a great soccer player to play in ODSL.

Fact: ODSL is a developmental league, a place where players can learn the game without the intense pressure of competing at increasingly higher levels.  Their motto is Play with Dignity, Respect Your Opponent.

Myth 2: Players have to commit to playing year-round.

Fact: ODSL has two seasons just like recreational soccer and encourages players to play other sports or explore other interests.

Myth 3: It’s very expensive.

Fact. ODSL is not much more expensive than rec soccer.  Teams pay a separate league registration fee and most play in a tournament or two, but since virtually all coaches are unpaid volunteers they also try to keep costs at a minimum. 

Myth 4: There is a lot of travel involved.

Fact: In our area virtually all games are in Northern Virginia, most in Fairfax County.  There is however the occasional away game in a Stafford or a Winchester.

Myth 5: ODSL teams are always practicing.

Fact: Most ODSL teams practice about the same number of hours a week as rec teams – usually twice a week for about 1 ½ hours.

BRYC Tops ODSL Fall 2015 Sportsmanship Awards
Three Division 1 Squads Earn Coveted Honor

Each season the teams in the ODSL vote for another team in their division which exhibits the best sportsmanship. The winning team is awarded the Randy Rawls Sportsmanship Award, named after 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. The sportsmanship winners receive an amazing trophy for the team/coach and individual awards for the players. 

For the Fall 2015 season, three BRYC teams earned the prestigious honor, a number matched by only two other clubs particicipating in the ODSL and the only one where all three winning teams participated in the ODSL's Division 1, the highest level of competition.  Coach Erin Silks' U10B BRYC Force and Coach Yong Kim's U11B Strikers won the honor on the boys' side while the BRYC Lady Spurs won the honor among the U11 Girls.  For the fall season that team was coached by Rich Wyant, Tommy Rezendes, and Jim Godlove, stepping in after the untimely passing of the teams previous coach, Brian Godlove, who was named the team's "Coach in Honor". There is no doubt he looked down at them all season and is very proud of their accomplishment.

BRYC's ODSL Soccer Teams, Spring 2016

Since getting its feet wet with one squad in the Spring 2013 season, BRYC Recreational Soccer has fielded as many as fifteen teams in the seasons since, enjoying significant success as BRYC squads in both tiurnament and regular season action against other squads from around Northern Virginia, usually on Sunday afternoons. Congratulations and best wishes to the coaches and each of the new and returning teams.  Good luck in the fall season.
 
Click on the team names below the photos to go to the individual team pages on the ODSL web site for schedules, scores, and standings.
 
 
 
U9:
 
        
 

U10:


   
               BRYC Force                                     BRYC United      

U11:

    
  BRYC Strikers                                     BRYC Titans    

               
BRYC Lady Spurs                                            BRYC Sparks

 

U12:

     
 BRYC Elite Academy Dynamo                    BRYC Panthers                  BRYC Bees (U12B)

U13:

 
BRYC Gunners                                  BRYC Avengers

U14:

    
    BRYC Lightning 

U15:

 
  BRYC Elite Academy Blue Raiders