Kings Park Community Meeting Room to Receive Upgrades
After about nine months of construction, the beautiful new Kings Park Giant Food store reopened on June 18 with an evening ribbon-cutting ceremony, and to a crowd of excited shoppers on the following morning. At the grand reopening Giant graciously presented a check to BRYC for $2,500.
With support from Kings Park Shopping Center owners Regency Centers, along with Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook, BRYC has managed the Community Room in Kings Park Shopping Center for the past couple of years as a community resource for meetings and social events. The Giant contribution will help BRYC with some needed upgrades to the facility. Many thanks to Giant Foods for their generous donation.
In the picture to the left are (L to R) Scott Belcher, Kings Park Giant Store Manager, and Gordon Reid, President of Giant Food, along with Trish Moxie and John Davis from BRYC.
BRYC Thunder: The Top of the Bottom!
Coach Sarratt's Boys Take SFL Tournament Crown
BRYC Thunder, a team primarily composed of fifteen year old boys, opened their season with eight consecutive losses against more experienced squads, all but one of them to teams with a winning record. Not until the final game of the regular season , in which they would once again face an experienced, older team, did things click. The Thunder rolled to a surprising 4-1 win.
The SFL Tournament came next. To win their division, the boys needed to outscore their opponents in three more games in succession. And so they did! Taking on Great Falls, Manassas and the top-seeded team from McLean, the Thunder took leads in all three contests and then held off their hard-charging opponents. From the very bottom of the SFL pack, the Thunder had won their division SFL Tournament Championship!
For a more complete story on how they did it, written by a very proud Coach Sarratt, click "continue" below.
Washington Spirit Maintains Hold on Second Place in NWSL
Next Home Game July 18 vs. the League Leading Seattle Reign FC
The second place Washington Spirit (5-3-2, 19 points) won a physical match against the Houston Dash (3-3-4, 13 points) on Saturday night. They'll attempt to notch another win this Friday night, July 3, in an away match against sixth place FC Kansas City (3-5-2, 11 points), before a two-week schedule break, returning to the Maryland Soccerplex on Saturday night, July 18 against the high-powered, league-leading, Seattle Reign FC (5-2-2, 17 points). With the Women's World Cup over by that time, hope are high that USWNT members Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe will have rejoined the Seattle squad. Similarly, USWNT members Allie Krieger and Ashlyn Harris should have rejoined the Spirit, along with Canada's Diana Matheson and Nigeria's Franciscisca Ordega. With a victory, the Spirit will be looking to take over undisputed first place in the league.
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Gunners In Search of a Coach and Some Midfielders
BRYC Gunners (ODSL U13B) Might Be Looking for You!
The ODSL BRYC Gunners (rising U13 Boys) are looking for an Coach to work with Coach Mohamed Diaw, one of BRYC's most respected and successful coaches, starting as early as this Summer. The Gunners also have vacancies to fill for their upcoming Fall 2015 season. Coach Mohamed is looking specifically for players to fill the Midfielder positions. If you are interested in the coaching position or trying out, please contact Coach Mohamed Diaw directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELP WANTED! We're Looking for a New Registration Director
Won't You Consider the Opportunity to Give Back to BRYC?
BRYC Recreational Soccer wouldn't exist without the dedication of its volunteers…and, as the Spring season winds down, we’re looking for a very important one! Among more than two dozen members of the Executive Committee (EXCOM) who work year-round to keep the organization running, our Registration Director is one of the most vital members of the group…each season ensuring that the registration process, one of the first interactions BRYC has with prospective new families, runs error free. We are once again looking for a willing, motivated, and talented individual to fill the void.
Boys Claim Bull Run Division Honors in VSA's Innaugural Tournament
The BRYC ODSL Strikers U10B team won the Bull Run Division of the 2015 Virginia Cannon Cup during the Memorial Day weekend. Coach Yong Kim’s Strikers' defense held opponents in check, conceding only two goals in the three qualifying matches. The team earned a place in the championship match as the number one seed and ultimately claimed victory with a 5-0 win over their opponent. The Cannon Cup Tournament Host presented each of the boys with a Gold Medal for their championship performance.
BRYC Spirit "Adopted" by Washington Spirit Forward Caprice Dydasco
Black Widows Join the Training Session
As part of its community outreach efforts, the Washington Spirit “adopts” about forty teams in the area each season, drawing names from a hat and sending one of their players to run a training session. This year U13/14 Girls League Director and Coach Jon Fredrick’s girls (not coincidentally called the BRYC Spirit as Jon and his assistant coach Tom Small have been staunch supporters since the Washington Spirit’s first year of play in 2013) were selected for the program when one of his player’s entries was chosen.
Referee Director John Davis asked if BRYC U13G United Coach John Decker might get a photo of the three referees for his game on April 19 against Winchester U13G United. John explained that Referee Mark Gorak and AR Danielle Chesky are both National Referees while AR Rob Chamberlain is a National Referee Candidate and that would be one of the most experienced group to ever referee a BRYC match.
Coach Decker did one better, capturing both teams before the start of the game in their "World Cup" like formation. (Oh, and BRYC Lightning beat United by a final score of 3-1.)
Recreational Soccer Sweeps Big Board Elections
Standing Room Only Crowd at BRYC's Annual Meeting
Four members of the Recreational Soccer Executive Committee (EXCOM) have been voted onto the board of the parent club.
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.
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.