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4th TUESDAY OF THE MONTH:
SATURDAY, JULY 30::
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - BRYC

BRYC Shines at FPYC Fathers' Day All Star Tournament
Six Teams Bring Home Trophies. Four Teams Finish Unbeaten and Untied

BRYC All Star teams had their best showing in recent memory at the FPYC Father’s Day Tournament, June 18-19.  Congratulations to the 200+ players selected to represent BRYC in the tournament.  Thanks to all 22 coaches and their assistants who gave so unselfishly of their time through the regular season and then volunteered for more, going above and beyond for another two weeks of All Star team practices, and represented the club so well at tournament time whether they won or lost. Special thanks to BRYC’s All Star Tournament Coordinator Anthony Pagano for pulling it all together.

Four BRYC squads brought home Championship honors, including the U9 Boys coached by Mike McGinn (right), the U10 Girls coached by Jennifer Oleyar, the U11 Boys coached by Mike Essig, and the U16 Boys coached by Scott Sarratt, who had to play through two overtime periods and then go a perfect 5 for 5 in PKs to prevail.  (For photos of the other champions, click on "Continue" below. For a more complete story on the U16 Boys road to the championship, click here.) 

Two other teams were finalists, including the U9 Girls coached by Michelle Dierkes (for more on this special squad, press “Continue” below), and the camera-shy U19 Boys coached by BRYC veteran Bob Heyer. And in U8 play, where game scores are recorded but there are no championships, five BRYC squads recorded an astounding record of 16-3-1, with Coach Martel’s U8 Girls and Coach Crowder’s U9 Boys notching perfect 4-0-0 records.

BRYC Is Looking for a New Webmaster
Ralph Schuetz Calls It Quits after 15 Years

After over 15 years of service to BRYC, Ralph Schuetz is hanging up his cleats…or whatever it is that Webmasters hang up…and calling it quits. His last story and photos for the web site are the recap of this year’s highly successful FPYC All Star Tournament above. 

Ralph started as a League Director for his U12 (now age 27) grandson before assuming the role of All Star Coordinator for eight years. Shortly after taking on that responsibility Ralph also became the first (and so far only) webmaster for the BRYC Recreational Soccer web site. More recently he has also been webmaster for the BRYC parent club site (www.bryc.org) for the past five years, not to speak of the club’s liaison with, and chief supporter of, the Washington Spirit womens’ professional soccer club.

Ralph notes that when he started his volunteer activities, League Directors were responsible for recruiting coaches, for organizing teams, for lining fields (he recalls using lime instead of paint on the almost grassless Lake Braddock Lower field), and a host of other duties, but they were almost never coaches and they didn’t have to know much about soccer. After several years in that role, working under an even longer-time BRYC veteran Mac Squires, Ralph migrated to administrative roles like the All Star Tournament Coordinator, and Webmaster, where he’s combined his growing love of the game, his computer skills, and his talents in both photography and writing.

Ralph’s staying around long enough to train his replacement over the summer months and consult as needed during the fall season, but he and his wife, both long-since retired, do a lot of traveling and it’s been harder and harder to always keep the web site up to date. The job doesn’t require more than five to ten hours a week at most, but it is a constant and ongoing need. The position needs to be filled immediately.

Interested volunteers should contact the Commissioner, James Sullivan, at brycsoccercom@gmail.com, or contact Ralph at BRYCStars@aol.com for further information.  

Washington Spirit Beat Orlando Pride, Fall to Sky Blue FC
Remain in Fourth Place...With Two Games in Hand

After opening the season with four wins and a draw, the Washington Spirit finally met their match in game six against the formidable Portland Thorns, falling 4-1 in the Rose City. After a well-earned win against the Orlando Pride before almost 6,000 fans, their second loss of the season came in the ninth game, falling to Sky Blue FC, 2-1. The Spirit now find themselves in fourth place to the high-flying Portland..but with two games in hand. 

The Spirit's next three home contests will be against FC Kansas City on Saturday, July 2; against the second place Chicago Red Stars on Saturday July 9; and another match against Sky Blue FC on Saturday July 30.  Now, as a "thank-you" to BRYC for our support this season, the Spirit are offering BRYC families a $5 discount off the regular purchase price of individual tickets, grandstand or reserved seating, for advance ticket purchases to any of the three matches in July. Simply go to this special Sprit ticket site and enter the discount bode "BRYC-JULY" before checkout to have the discount subtracted from your purchase price.

The more than 100 BRYC members who have already taken in a game this season, especially those lucky enough to have gotten to the sold-out match against Orlando, would all tell you what a great experience it was.  Why not get together withh some of your soccer playing friendsand neighbors and take in one of the three games in July. The Spirit have no home games in August because of the Olympics and only two more home games (one of them on a school night) in September before the season ends.  Catch the Spirit!.

Friday Night Lights Program Sets a Record
June Night Sees Over 100 Players on the Field at Woodson HS


Under the able leadership of stalwart John Kelleher, BRYC’s Friday Night Lights program, meeting at Woodson Aux turf field 8 – 10 pm with the support of both the Rec and Elite programs for field use, lights, permits, and general coordination, will celebrate the start of its 8th year in Sept 2016.  The program has exploded with popularity. When the program started seven years ago with a handful of U19 players who had aged out of the league, John was happy with the crowds of 30-40 young men and women who would gather … with occasional larger groups of fifty. This spring the FNL program routinely attracted groups of 75 … several times approaching 90 players.

That popularity has only sustained and increased. One night in early June John reports there were 12 teams of 8 – 9 players rotating in and out of four small-sided games – easily the largest crowd ever with over 100 players! The rotation plan was a recent change to accommodate the large crowds and keep the game competitive while limiting crowding on the field, with the players unanimously favoring this approach even if they must take breaks off the field. The rotation moves and breaks on the sidelines are limited to 20 minutes.

Braddock FC Takes NVSL Open Division II Championship
Finishes Spring 2016 Season with a Tie and A Win to Remain Undefeated

As if the Friday Night Lights program weren’t enough, John Kelleher is also the force behind Braddock FC, a young adult squad of mostly former BRYC players playing in the Northern Virginia Soccer League (NVSL).  After a disappointing inaugural season in the spring of 2012, failing to win a game until the last match of the season and finishing with a record of 1 – 5 – 3, the team has steadily improved.  Playing the fall and spring NVSL-affiliated seasons and then an unaffiliated summer tourney, as the team begins its fifth year and completes its 13th season John was proud to report that Braddock FC won the Open Division II Championship with an undefeated record of 8 – 0 – 1. They jumped out quick to a 7 win start and then had to come-from-behind over the last two games to earn a tie and a final win, respectively, winning the division by a single point over their closest rival with a positive goal differential of 27 (34 GF, 7 GA) and 3 shut-outs.  John also proudly reported the way they did it...with just a single player serving a 1-game suspension for accumulated yellows and not a single red-card infraction. The players are pictured following their final spring season game wearing their new Under Armour team jerseys. Go Braddock FC!

Sadly, on another note, John reported that Renegades FC which was another BRYC affiliated team that entered NVSL in the Spring ’14 season, with a roster heavy with former BRYC players, under the management of a former BRYC U19 player and eventually coached by Diego Torres (former BRYC Sr. Div Coach) folded after the Fall ’15 season. They won the Division II championship in Spring ’15 and finished second in Fall ’15. They were a top contender and it is unfortunate that they folded.

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.

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!

About Us
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/".

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