Golden Cheetahs, Purple Puppy Cheetahs, Cheerios, Super Stars, T-Rex, Animals, et al Return to Action
On a brisk (but DRY!) fall Saturday, the last of the season, BRYC Rec Soccer returned to full action, with the beleagured Mini Kickers moving their games from water-logged Lake Braddock to the beautiful environs of Robinson Secondary School, playing on the upper turf, using cones and discs to deliniate six separate small fields. (Thanks to Deputy Commissioner Tim Eagle. League Directors Mike Roach, Devon Cramer, Kimya Cajchun, Camilla Hughart Roberts, Derek Bathrick and other helpers for quick work in getting Robinson ready for action after three missed Saturdays earlier this season due to inclement weather or unplayable field conditions. It wasn't about to happen again.) It's been one of those seasons, but this final fall Saturday, with many players bundled warmly in their sweats, hoodies, and knit caps, and with colorful falling leaves blowing everywhere, was nonetheless a perfect way to end the season.
The photos below, and many, many more on our Facebook page at "BRYC Soccer" are from the 11:00 AM games featuring the six teams listed in the headline, all of whom played their hearts out, looking like they can't wait until the spring season. Thanks for great parental support all season (how else does a 6 year-old get to the field?) from familes, friends, and especially our dedicated coaches. See you in the spring. DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER!
2019 Spring Season Registration
SPRING 2019 SEASON!
Regular Registration has begun. Please register NOW to reserve your spot!
If you need assistance, please email BRYC's Recreational Soccer Registrar, Karen Saunders, at email@example.com.
For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions click here.
BRYC Travel Teams Tryout Announcements...
BRYC travel teams are holding tryouts for the spring 2019 season
BRYC Travel Team Tryouts for Spring 2019 Going on NOW!!
If your child is interested in travel soccer, some of our BRYC travel teams are holding tryouts for the spring 2019 season.
CLICK HEREto go to our travel soccer page and view the list of teams looking for players.
** BE SURE... to contact the coach to express interest and to confirm tryout information. **
ODSL Squads Compete at a High Level
U11B Victory and U11G Lightning Hold Opponents Scoreless on Sun, Oct 27
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Woodson HS's west turf was buzzing with action as eight of BRYC's ODSL squads hosted opponents from around Northern Virginia, including BRYC's U11 Boys "Victory", coached by Ibrahim Alothain and Joshua Spiro, who took on the Cougar Youth Club's (a recently formed club in Annandale) "Olympiacos" and BRYC's U11Girls "Lightning", coached by Andrew Lowden, who took on Arlington "Gold". Playing simultaneously on two "small sided" fields meant this reporter/photographer had to scramble between fields to take it all in, but was able to capture much of the action in two photo galleries now posted on BRYC's Facebook page, "BRYC Soccer".
At the end of the day, Victory was indeed victorious, by a final score of 3-0. In its game, Lightning struck for five goals while also holding the opponent scoreless. Congratulations to the coaches, the goalies, the stong defenders and the potent mids and forwards on these two great games.
Lake Braddock Lower Field Packed with Youthful Action
What a Beautiful Day for Soccer
On Saturday, October 13, the Facebook photographer paid a morning visit to Lake Braddock Lower field to take in some soccer action in the younger age groups. First off, the U5 Pirates (wearing blue, coached by John and Hannah Branning and Chris Breslin) took on the Ducks, coached by Chris Parry and Chris Simonson. In a high-spirited matchup, both teams scored at will...and no one cared about the score! In a later game the U6 Soccer Snakes, in blue, coached by Anastasia and Shawn Swearingen took on the Ninja Warriers, coached by Cara Bremer. The story was the same. Having a good time and maximizing ball touches was the name of the game.
In the final contest of the day for this reporter, the U7G Spirit (in blue, coached by Carlos Santizo and Omar Mendez), playing 4v4 for the first time, took on the Unicorns (coached by Rebecca Henry). It was a joy to watch. Playing small-sided games without goalies, and with the ball (and the players) in almost constant motion, it was also easy enough to get some fun action shots.
For a more complete photo set from these three contests, check out the BRYC Rec Soccer Facebook page, "BRYC Soccer". Feel free to share the album or individual photos with a courtesy credit to BRYC.
Canterbury Woods ES Was the Place to Be on Saturday!
Apart From Opening Day, Photo Day Is the Most Exciting Day of the Season
There can't be anything more exciting than Photo Day at Canterbury Woods Elementary School, when well over 500 kids and their parents start lining up for their team and individual photos before 8:00 AM, and the chaotic but well-oiled machine continues until mid-afternoon when the final group of teams arrives. Starting in the school lobby where Mac Squires and the gang from CCI is there to sell BRYC sprit wear, to assembling the kids into their team groupings along the walls to the gymnasium, to watching the parents comb their children's hair, to watching the trained photographers from Olsen Studios coax each child into the perfect position, it's all a wonder to behold. Here are just a few of the more "candid" photos from September 29, with a bunch more at our Facebook page, "BRYC Soccer", focusing on Coach Delila Belmadani's U10 Boys, the Golden Ninjas, Patty Kuong's U6 Boys, the Sharks, and Lightning, the U5 Mixed team coached by Mario Saravia. The kids are adorable!
Also posted on the Facbook page is a large series of photos from the matchup between coach (and League Director) Dalila Belmadani's Golden Ninjas and Coach Mario Savaria's older boys' team, the Silver Sharks, a great game at Pine Ridge Park that ended in a 2-2 draw. Coach Mario got a large dose of soccer this weekend with at least two games and two team photo sessions. Thanks, Mario!)
BRYC Volunteers Honored with DC United Tickets
Team's New Stadium (Audi Field) is a Joy to Behold
As DC United makes a valiant effort to qualify for the MLS Playoffs, as of this writing sitting in 7th place and needing to rise just one spot to sixth), BRYC volunteers will be there to cheer them on. Supporting the Black and Red, BRYC has purchased a small group of season tickets for many years and distributed them to volunteers as our way of saying "Thank You" for the hours and hours (in many cases, years and years) of commitment to the organization.
Indeed, of the current BRYC EXCOM, at least ten members no longer have a child involved in the program yet have continued to support the program for as many as 12-15 years after their "playing days" ended. Rewarding that kind of commitment, and even rewarding some of those who simply step up with extraordinary efforts for just a day or an evening on Uniform Night or Photo Day, with a couple of DC United tickets, is the least we can do to one place and their contributions.
(If not for the tickets, but simply for the joy of working with other dedicated parents and contributing what you can to continue making BRYC the premier sports league in the area, won't you join us?)
So it was that in mid-September that four of the longest serving and most active volunteers in the organization along with four referees were rewarded with tickets to a Wednesday night game vs. Minnesota United (they stole our name!). It was Armed Forces Night, with all linds of extra pomp and ceremony to make it that much more special. And DC United notched a hard-fought 2-1 win! It was a scoreless match through the first half of play and had everyone glued to their seats. Then, in the second half, as this reporter roamed the stadium looking for other photo angles and unique shots, the teams woke up, scoring a total of three goals before the final whistle.
As of the writing of this story on September 25, DC United stands just five points out of the playoff mix, has two games in hand with six regular season games remaining, and five of them at their beautiful new Audi Field home. Here are just a few more shots from the contest, with more than fifty of them posted on BRYC's Facebook page, "BRYC Soccer". Enjoy. Think about getting out to a DC United game before the regular season ends. It isn't RFK Stadium any more, and the Black and Red are in the thick of it as the regular season comes to an end.
There Was DANGER! All Around
U16/19 Girls Fall to Top Ranked VYS Girls...but the Season is Still Young
BRYC's perrenial champions DANGER!, coached by BRYC Commissioner James Sullivan had all they could handle...and then some...on Sunday afternoon (September 17) at Wakefield Rec Center, falling to the VYS girls by a score of 0-2, but the result was in doubt until the very end when VYS scored its second goal in the final minute of play. Until that moment it was still anybody's game, with DANGER! fighting hard for the equalizer and coming close so many times. The season is still young...with DANGER! having played only two games while the VYS girls were already in their fourth game of the season. (In their first game they tied the BRYC team coached by Doug Alcorn and Mac Squires.)
Thanks to all the parents and siblings who showed up to cheer the girls on and provide this writer some back-story and context for the game. Well over 100 photos are posted on the "BRYC Soccer" Facebook page, for your enjoyment. Here are just a few of them.
Fall Season is Underway
Ralph Schuetz Returns to BRYC as Social Media Coordinator and Web Feature Writer
The weekend of Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 saw the return to action for most BRYC Rec Soccer teams. A little dampness in the air wasn't going to bother anyone. The kids were ready to go and their parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, were equally excited about the return to the pitch.
Former Webmaster and All Star Tournament Coordinator for many years, Ralph Schuetz, (pictured, 2nd from left, at a DC United game, along with long time Director or Referees John Davis, League Commissioner James Sullivan, and Director of Training and U4 League Director Joan Smith Sullivan), who has missed his long-time friends and fellow volunteers on the EXCOM for the past five years or so, has returned to BRYC to fill the long-vacant role of Social Media Coordinator and Web Feature Writer, not to speak of photographer. He joins Tim Eagle (Deputy Commissioner of the Mini-Kickers Division), Elizabeth Giuliani (Budget Coordinator and member of the BRYC Board), the aforementioned Joan Smith Sullivan, and newcomer-Webmaster Latasha Beckman, among others, in working to keep up both the BRYC Rec Soccer web page web page and its Facebook page as well.
His first efforts were at U8 Girls and U8 Boys games at Winterset Varsity Park on opening day. Major photo galleries are now posted on the BRYC Soccer Facebook Page, "BRYC Soccer". You're invited to "follow" BRYC for what we hope will be weekly photo galleries, supplementing feature stories on this web page, with articles and photos of general interest. We'll try to cover all the action, from our youngest to our most experienced players, from the Rec and ODSL programs, not to speak of special events including Coaches Games, Uniform Night, Photo Day, pre-season Coaches' Meetings, occasional DC United and Washington Spirit games, and all the activites that make BRYC one of the most respectedand top rated clubs in the area.
This week's featured web photos (below) are of some very happy kids wearing BRYC's new uniforms. Not required to be worn until the Spring 2019 season, nonetheless there are a number of players who have already pruchased them and were excited to show them off on opening day,. Annabelle from the Soccer Queens and Riker and Zayd from the Dragon Warriers looked mighty good. (The boys' coaches, Eric and Edgar, were coaching the next game after Schuetz had already taken well over 200 photos, and didn't need any more, but are also pictured below.)
If you have any comments or ideas for web features we'd love to hear from you. Click on the "Contact" link to the navigation menu on the left and scoll down. And don't forget to check out the "new and improved" Facebook page, "BRYC Soccer", even if you're not a U8 parent. What a nice group of kids, parents and grandparents they were. Schuetz is glad to be back!
This season BRYC has partnered with Inova to offer baseline concussion testing to our players. Please consider taking advantage of this service!
7th Annual Spring Coach's Challenge Ends in a TIE!!
Coaches brave a HOT day to celebrate the end of the 2018 spring season!
June 30 - At the end of every season our coaches gather to celebrate another season of BRYC soccer with a Coach's Game. This season, we played in VERY hot conditions, and for the FIRST time the game ended in a 1-1 tie! Our officials were Doug Alcorn (Depty Commissioner of the Senior Division), Darryl Miller (right hand man of our Field Director, Trish Moxie) and Elizabeth Giuliani (Treasurer for BRYC Rec Soccer and At-Large Member of the BRYC Big Board). When coming off the field, some of the coaches said, "I will never get after my players again for not running when it's hot!"
That's one of the key goals of our coaches game, it's important to play the game you are coaching and feel what the kids are feeling. It also gives the kids a chance to cheer their parent(s) on, AND of course, there are great snacks, cake and raffle prizes! This season, raffle prizes were donated by CCI Screenprinting, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Anthony Pagano and the All Star Program.
BRYC would not function without our dedicated coaches and we are VERY thankful for all they, and their families give every year. Have a GREAT summer, everyone! We look forward to seeing you back in the fall!
Inclement Weather Policy
When inclement weather threatens play, BRYC officials walk the fields early game day morning to assess playing conditions. If adverse conditions at a field--usually, substantial amounts of standing water--are determined to pose a threat of injury to the players or damage to the field, all games scheduled at the field for the entire day are canceled and an announcement is placed on the BRYC hotline 703-354-7101) and it will be updated at 7:00 a.m. Note that BRYC officials may cancel games at certain fields, while allowing games at other fields to proceed.
When BRYC officials determine fields are playable despite inclement weather conditions, a message that games will be played as scheduled is placed on the hotline. If inclement weather continues, the trainers, in consultation with the league director decides whether to proceed with the scheduled game. Games terminated after half of the game has been played are considered complete.
Thunder and Lightning Policy:
IN CASE OF THUNDER OR LIGHTNING IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA, PLAY WILL BE SUSPENDED IMMEDIATELY!! Everyone (no exceptions) must immediately leave the field, seek shelter in their vehicles, and wait 30 minutes. The 30-minute waiting period starts again if additional thunder/lightning is observed. If inclement weather persists, your trainers will terminate the session.
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.
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/."