BRYC Planning to Refurbish Kings Park Community Center
Seeking Bids from Local Contractors for the Work
BRYC uses and manages the Community Center, whose entrance is tucked neatly between Zinga! Frozen Yogurt and Hunan West Chinese Restaurant in the Kings Park Shopping Center at 8940 Burke Lake Rd. BRYC is now accepting priced Contractor bids and offers of donations of professional labor to refurbish the Community Center, as described in the attached Request For Proposals. Please respond with offers to Craig Willett at email@example.com. The Community Center may be inspected by appointment by calling Craig Willett 703.980.7820.
Girl's Coaches Win 5-1 in 4th Annual Spring Coach's Challenge
Thanks to ALL our Fabulous Coaches!
The Coach's Challenge is ALL about celebrating our coaches and their families. And the KIDS getting to cheer their parent on (for a change)! The 4th Annual Spring event brought 38 coaches and their families to Woodson West for a full 90-minutegame and in the end, the Coaches of the Girl's Teams came out victorious over the Coaches of the Boy's Teams with a score of 5-1.
For a complete story of the event and a major photo spread, click here to go to the Coaches Corner page.
Discount Coupons from Our Friends at Dick's Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods has generously supported BRYC Soccer with items for our training programs and a discount gift certificate for all our players and coaches. They also provide many of the prizes given out in the post-season Coach's Challenge.
Click on the Dick's "Special Soccer Offers" graphic to the right to find coupons for savings on your soccer supplies for this fall.
Help thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for their support of recreational youth sports by forwarding this to your players and parents. The new store in Springfield Town Center is GREAT! Brand new and convenient to all of us!
Thanks so much to Dick's Sporting Goods for their on-going support!
Friday Night Lights Enters Its Seventh Season
John Kelleher Continues as Guiding Hand
Under the able direction and mentorship of BRYC veteran coach John Kelleher, recipient of Fairfax County's "Champion of Character Award", who’s been with the organization since some time about the turn of the century, “Friday Night Lights”, a Friday night pickup game he started for U16/19 boys and those who had aged out of the BRYC program, is beginning its seventh year this summer. John notes that when he started this program he was getting literally a handful of players so he had a right to brag a bit when he shared pictures from Friday July 10 when he counted more than 50 smiling faces in the group photo.
July and August Tryouts for Rising U15 Boys and U11 Girls ODSL Squads
This is an invite for tryouts for the BRYC Sparks ODSL U11Girls travel soccer team that will be held Wednesday July 29th, Tuesday August 4th, and Wednesday August 5th - from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Wakefield Park. This opportunity applies to players who have just concluded the Spring 2015 soccer season as a U10 girls player. The Sparks will be competing as a U11 team in the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 timeframe, and will play 7 v. 7 on the field.
If you are interested in showing your soccer skills, please attend this tryout. If you would like more information about this tryout, please contact Beth Bennett-Hague at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Nelson Lameles at email@example.com. And, for more information about the Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL), you may go to www.brycsoccer.org and click on the link on the top right of the page.
BRYC Elite Academy 00 Blue (formerly the BRYC Raiders), a rising U15 ODSL boys travel team, will be holding tryouts for the upcoming Fall 2015/Spring 2016 season. Tryouts will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays though July and August. Prospective players will be evaluated during practice sessions with the current roster. All positions are available. Please inquire for further details regarding timing and location of tryouts.
BRYC Elite Academy 00 Blue is coached by William Bejan, an E licensed coach and former college soccer player. Mauricio Milian (prior head coach of Raiders) will conduct the upcoming tryout sessions. Our team is focused on individual technical development in anticipation of players attempting to join competitive high school teams. For more information or to register interest, please email Coach William Bejan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Team Manager Iris Jackson at email@example.com.
Spirit Ties Red Stars as World Cup Players Return To Action
Only Three More Chances to See Team Play This Summer
The Washington Spirit's USWNT members Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris and the Spirit's other World Cup players from the national teams of Canada, Australiia, and Nigeria were all in action Saturday night at the Maryland Soccerplex. After a 3-01-1 draw with the then first-place Chicago Red Stars, the Spirit remain undefeated at home, in sole posession of third place behind the league-leading Seattle Reign and Chicago, which fell behind Seattle in the standings but with a game in hand.
The Spirit now have just three home games left this season, just three more opportunities to cheer them on as they take on their USA World Cup teammates in league play, including Houston's Carli Lloyd, and Seattle's Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe. See the remaining schedule listed in the box to the right.
Braddock Road families can get discounted general admission tickets for just $20 (reg. $25). Just use the promo code "BRYC-2015" when checking out at http://tickets.washingtonspirit.com.
Giant Food Makes Generous Donation to BRYC
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.
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.