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BRYC Age Groups Change for Fall Season
USSF/USYS/VYSA Mandate Takes Effect for Fall 2016 Registration...Opening April 30
After some 25 years of determining a child’s soccer age group to (more or less) coincide with his or her school grade, when Fall season registration opens on Saturday, April 30, a player’s new soccer age will be determined by the year of his or her birth. Instead of the soccer birth year running from August 1 to the following July 31, as it has for all current players since they started playing, henceforth the actual January-December year of a player’s birth will determine his or her soccer age.
This change has been mandated by the US Soccer Federation (USSF), and adopted by US Youth Soccer (USYS) and the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) as explained in a press release from USSF and USYS. As a member organization of the VYSA, BRYC must comply with the Age Group Mandate in order to participate in any inter-club play including Friendship Leagues, SFL, All Stars and ODSL. (Note that the press release also deals with a second mandate on small-sided play which will not be effective until the 2017-2018 season, but with which BRYC is already in substantial compliance.
For much more detail on this very important notice press "Continue" below.
Washington Spirit Remain Undefeated After Five Matches
BRYC Ticket Supply Exhausted
The Washington Spirit have rolled on with their fourth win (over the Houston Dash) following a 0-0 draw against the formidable Portland Thorns a week earlier. They continue to sit atop the table. A successful header from Spirit veteran midfielder Joanna Lohman in the 38th minute was all the needed for the win, notching their third straight shutout. The Spirit now hit the road for three games before returning home on June 18 for THE GAME against the expansion Orlando Pride with their star forward Alex Morgan.
As previously advertised, BRYC purchased 80 tickets for this season's games. The tickets were available to BRYC teams and families at a discounted price to show BRYC's support for the fourth-year professional women's club and encourage attendance.
After a month in which only four tickets had been sold, the floodgates opened with the sale of ALL the remaining tickets. Three BRYC teams have scheduled events and a number of individual families saw the Spirit take on the Hoston Dash on May 14. A bunch of others are going to see Alex Morgan and the Orlando Pride in mid-June. (At least one young player has already told her mom that she's torn between cheering for Alex or cheering for the Spirit. There should be no doubt!
The Webmaster is happy to know that there will be 80 happy BRYC folks in the stand at the next few Spirit home games, but sorry to report that no more discounted tickets remain. We're SOLD OUT. That doesn't mean that there aren't still great seats for all the remaining home games this season or that they aren't still a bargain, even at a slightly higher price. When our spring season ends, the Spirit keep on playing thorugh the summer with five Saturday night home games before the start of our fall season and a final Wednesday night game just after Labor Day.
(The webmaster thanks BRYC dad Solomon Lee for the photo above right as a whole team of young boys were enthralled while watching the Spirit play the beautiful game on Photo Day.)
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 Coaches Know How to Play the Game Too!
Girls' Coaches Humble Boys' Coaches 6-1 in Season Ending Challenge
BRYC truly appreciates all our coaches for the countless hours that they put into planning, practices and games for their teams. And it's not just the coaches who give... it's the whole family that has to adjust their schedules during soccer season to allow the coaches to be able to work with our teams.
To celebrate and thank our coaches for their dedication, at the end of each season for the past several years, BRYC has hosted a Coaches' Challenge, organized by our indefatiguable Training Director, Joan Smith. The Coaches' Challenge pits the coaches of our boys' teams against the coaches of our girls' teams.
On Sunday, December 6 the coaches met in the stadium at Woodson High School for the 4th Annual Fall Coach's Challenge. Historically, the boys' coaches have come out on top... but THIS season the girls' coaches won in a decisive 6-1 victory! It was a GREAT game... we have some really good soccer players in our coaching ranks!
After the game, the coaches and their families enjoyed pizza and cake, networking, and of course, raffle prizes! Prizes this season were donated by Dick's Sporting Goods, DC United, and the Washington Spirit.
Although the girls' coaches came up with the numerical win... when everyone walks off the field (that's a good thing in itself!) with a smile on their face, we know that EVERYONE has won!
THANK YOU to all our coaches for your hard work and dedication. BRYC could not function without you, and we truly appreciate all you do! See you back on the pitch in the Spring!!
(For a small gallery of photos from the exciting matchup, see below. For a gallery of over 100 higher resolution action and family photos, suitable for downloading, follow this link.)
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 spring. The coupons are good through June 25, 2016.
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!
Celebrating 50 Years!
BRYC, the Braddock Road Youth Club, is a non-profit organization in Fairfax County, Virginia, established in 1966 to offer a variety of youth sports activities in the Burke/Annandale/ Springfield, Virginia area. BRYC Soccer is divided into two programs, Recreational Soccer (including ODSL) and Elite (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 Elite Soccer, go to "http://www.brycsoccer.com". For links to all the BRYC sports programs, from football to fast-pitch softball, go to "http://www.bryc.org/".