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.
Start of Fall Soccer Season Just Weeks Away
First Game September 6; Coaches' Meeting and Uniform Night Come First
Before the fall season begins, BRYC wants to once again thank our spring season coaches (most of whom are returning) for the last season, which was celebrated in an end-of-season soccer contest between our boys' coaches and our girls' coaches, arranged by our hard-working Training Coordinator and U4 League Director Joan Smith. The coach’s game allows the kids to cheer for their parents on the field (instead of the other way around). This year, the cheering crowd enjoyed face painting and making posters to support their favorite player! The kids loved it! Even some of our coaches and League Directors got in on the face painting! A good time was had by all!! For a photo of all the game participants, click on "Continue" at the end of this story. Or to download Joan Smith's excellent writeup of the event and ALL the photos, click here.
Now, looking ahead, for some folks the summer has flown by all too quickly, but for many BRYC coaches and players it has been "forever" since the spring season ended in early June, waiting for the chance to get back on the pitch once again. Now, in just a few weeks practices will resume and in less than a mongh it'll be time for the first referee's whistle to signal the start of the fall season. Of course that can't happen until the coaches attend the obligatory Coaches' Meeting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 20 in the cafeteria at Little Run Elementary School where they pick up their equipment and are given their team roster for the upcoming season. (With a little bit of luck, fall season game schedules will also be available but schedules are always dependent on the county alloating our fields to us in a timely fashion.) And for the players, it can't happen until they've gotten a new uniform, or pulled last season's jersey out of the drawer to see if it still fits...and, if it doesn't, to make it to BRYC Uniform Night on Thursday, September 4, 5:00-8:00 PM at Little Run where parents can exchange new pieces that don't fit, or buy a who a whole new one if they didn't order along with registration. THEN, it'll be time for the season to begin.
As they have for the last several seasons, our friends at Zinga in the Kings Park Shopping Center, are offering BRYC families a healthy 20% off on all purchases our opening weekend of play, Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7, for coming in wearing a BRYC jersey, shirt,, jacket, or cap, showing their blue or gray BRYC pride. What better way to cool down after the opening game of the season than with a healthy and delicious treat at Zinga.
Some Leagues Close to Full. Register Now to Avoid Disappointment
Registration for the Fall 2014 Season continues, now at the "Late Registration" rate of $115 per player. The season kicks off in mid-August with our coaches' meeting and practices begin around the third week in August. If you haven't yet registered there's no time to lose as leagues will start to close based on the number of coaches we've recruited for the season. Don't be disappointed. Please, please register online NOW. You can also register for both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 at the same time if that's an option for your family.
If you need assistance, please email email@example.com or call in the evenings only 703-323-5747. For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
Washington Spirit Reach NWSL Playoffs
Fourth Place Finish Means Facing First Place Seattle in Semi-Finals
After a dismal 2013 season and a slow start in 2014, the Washington Spirit (10-9-5) came roaring back in the second half of the season, only to fall from third to fourth place in the final regular season standings as a result of a 1-0 loss to Sky Blue FC in the final game of the regular season. Still, it's a record that's good enough to earn them a trip to a semi-final matchup in the NWSL Championships, facing the mighty Seattle Reign (16-2-6) who lost their final game of the season, only their second loss all season, to the talented Portland Thorns (10-8-6), moving Portland ahead of Washington in the final standings. Portland will now face FC Kansas City (12-7-5) in the other semi-final matchup...hoping thast Washington can somehow topple Seattle which would give them a chance at hosting the league championship match if they can beat Kansas City. The two championship semi-final matches are scheduled the weekend of August 23-24, with Kansas City hosting Portland at 1:00 PM ET on Saturday and Seattle hosting the Spirit at 11:00 PM ET on Sunday. Both games will be televisied life on ESPN2.
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.
Women's World Cup Qualifying Matches Coming to D.C.
Final Four Qualifying Games Are Scheduled October 20-21 at RFK Stadium
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCAF) announced on July 23 that RFK Stadium will be the site of the last four qualifying matches before the semi-final round to determine the three CONCACAF teams joining Canada (already qualified as the host nation) at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Vancouver. The United States women will join Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, plus four other teams from the Caribbean Football Union, in three matches each over just 12 days. RFK will host the last of those three preliminary contests, with two matches each on both Monday and Tuesday, October 21 and 22. That means that all eight teams will be playing here, with the top four moving on to the semi-finals and finals in Philadelphia the following Friday and Sunday. Game times, matchups, and ticket information are to be announced. For more complete information, go to the CONCACAF website.
Fall 2014 Season is Right Around the Corner...
...But Not Before We Post Some All Star Photos!
U8 Boys Coach Erin Silks and U9 Boys Coach Mike Essig were kind enough to provide the webmaster with a few action and team photos from the 2014 FPYC Fathers' Day Tournament in June. The webmaster apologizes for the delay in getting some of them posted on the web site.
BRYC didn't fare so well in the tournament win-loss battle, but it looks like the boys had a great time anyway, showing off their soccer skills one last time before summer vacation...and looking forward to the upcoming season.
Coach Silk's U8 Boys (above)
Coach Essig's U9 Boys (above) (For team photos, press Continue, below.)
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.