League Director: Joan Smith
The U4 Developmental League is an age appropriate way to teach our 3-4 year old beginners the fundamentals of soccer. We employ Professional Trainers (from Golden Boot Soccer) who have the skills and experience to properly teach these young players, leading to a better experience for both players and parents.
Special themed practices were developed for BRYC by Golden Boot. The practices teach soccer skills but they wrap them in fun stories. One week might be Pirate Week, the next Cats vs. Dogs... the kids have a LOT of fun with it, and so do the trainers!
Along with the Professional Trainers, each team could have one or more Parent Assistant Coach(es). The Parent Assistant Coaches work in the sessions with the Golden Boot Trainer to help themselves develop a comfort level in front of the team and to give them an opportunity to ask the Professional Trainer any questions they might have. (See more about Parent Assistant Coaches in the article at the bottom of the page.)
The U4 league is non-competitive and focuses on basic skills in a clinic type format. Players meet in groups (“teams”) once a week on Saturdays. Their instructors lead them through games designed to teach good skills and keep soccer fun and interesting.
I hope all our little players are EXCITED and ready to get on the pitch and kick the season off! Here is information for our upcoming season...
Spring 2021 Season Information:
The U4 Developmental League players are coached by Professional Trainers, but in the fall when they "age up" to U5, they go to a traditional team program with a volunteer coach, a practice during the week and a "game" on the weekend.
But WHERE do those Soccer Coaches come from?
BRYC is a community organization COMPLETELY run by volunteers... that includes our coaches. So in the fall when we need coaches for our U5s, we will be looking to the parents to volunteer to coach a team.
Don't look for someone to stand behind! JUMP OUT IN FRONT and put your hand up! It doesn't matter if you've never touched a soccer ball in your life... all you need is a bag of good intentions... and a desire to have a meaningful experience with your child. And you can believe me when I tell you this because that's all my husband and I had when we stepped up to coach my daughter's team twelve years ago. I can honestly say, we would not trade it for anything. My daughter moved to travel for 3 years, then graduated out of the program. She just graduated from James Madison University, but we still coach in the BRYC Rec HS Girls House Soccer League and we coach a U16G NCSL travel team as well. As nervous as we were the first time we stood in front of that team... it's been beyond anything we could have imagined. We never thought we would love it as much as we do (or that it would grow to what it's become for us!)
I'm not just the U4 League Director, I am also the Training Director for BRYC. In that job, I handle all the training for our players AND our coaches. BRYC offers coach's clinics prior to every season, a footskills clinic for coaches, and we also host VA Youth Soccer Assn. (VYSA) licensing courses. We pay the registration fees for our coaches to receive their licensing. We encourage ALL our coaches to get their licenses and keep them current. [The VYSA licenses are graduated, so you take them as your team ages... 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11, D License (HS age teams).]
BRYC gives you the tools to be an effective coach... all you need is the desire to share that experience with your child... and about a dozen of what are sure to become their best friends... and yours!
So STEP UP! And be prepared for one of the best experiences of your life!! It's starts by volunteering as a Parent Assistant Coach...
If you have any questions about becoming a coach, find me on the field or give me a call. I'm always happy to help!