Jim Clark Named Head Girls Soccer Coach at Falls Church HS
BRYC Stalwart Will Continue to Coach ODSL U13G Rage in Addition to the Jaguars
When the Dean of Students at Falls Church High School reached out to the local soccer community in early January, searching for a new head girls coach for the Falls Church Jaguars, with tryouts scheduled to begin in mid-February, it seemed like a tall order. It would take someone really special to fill those shoes on such short notice. But BRYC's Training Director Joan Smith was anxious to get the word out. She told the EXCOM "Our coaches do a great job and DESERVE the chance to go for an opportunity to progress in their coaching career....", and with the EXCOM's encourage-ment she forwarded the "Coach Wanted" listing to BRYC coaches who might fill the bill.
Now BRYC is extremely proud to announce that Jim Clark, coach and assistant coach within BRYC recreational soccer, All Star coach with his friend Fred Welther, and most recently the head coach of the U13 Girls Braddock Road Rage, BRYC's first re-entry into the ODSL program in the spring of 2013, has been named to the position.
Jim started playing soccer in Northern Virginia as a kid with both Annandale Boys and Girls Club (ABGC) and Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC), moving on to play varsity soccer at Falls Church from which he graduated in 1986...so he's returning to his alma mater in the new position. Jim went on to play both soccer and rugby at Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington), graduating in 1990. After college he played and coached indoor adult soccer for a few years before beginning his tenure with BRYC in 2009.
It was after the FPYC Spring 2012 All Star tournament that Jim entered a few of his U11 girls, nicknamed "The Rage", in BRYC Elite's "Fantastic Four" tournament, even though they'd never played 4v4 soccer. They won, and the Rage wanted more. By the spring season of the following year BRYC had worked out the details of returning to Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL) competition and Coach Jim and the Rage were,very happily, the BRYC guinea pigs. (The program has now expanded to include a dozen squads in just a year since the first successful foray under Jim's guidance, ably assisted by Welther and by Team Manager Kimberly Yeo). By the Fall of 2013, the Rage won ODSL's Division II title, and were ranked as high as 31st in the state for a U13G team. Thankfully, Jim will continue to coach the Rage as he takes the Jaguars' reins at Falls Church HS.
In his non-coaching life (for which it would seem there is little time remaining during the spring soccer season) Jim owns his own construction company.
Echoing Joan Smith's thoughts about wanting to provide opportunities for BRYC's coaches to advance, Rec Soccer's former Junior Division Deputy Commissioner (and current Equipment Coordinator) Craig Willett said "...We should always promote an opportunity for player and coach advancement. The pie is not limited, but rather as large as the imagination and desire of the human spirit." Jim Clark has just taken a large bite of that pie and we wish him (and the Rage and the Jaguars) nothing but the best in the upcoming season.
Three BRYC Squads Win ODSL Sportsmanship Honors
U9B Strikers, U10G Panthers and U12 Girls Lightning Do BRYC Proud
Each season the coaches in the ODSL vote for a team in their division which exhibits the best sportsmanship toward opponents, referees and opposing fans. The prestigious award is named after Randy Rawls, 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.
BRYC is pleased to announce that three of its first-year ODSL squads have been honored with the award for the Fall 2013 season, including the U9 Boys Strikers, coached by Yong Kim; the U10 Girls Panthers, coached by Mike Newman; and the U12 Girls Ligntning, coached by John Decker. (Only three other soccer clubs earned more honors.) BRYC prides itself for a record of sportsmanship and fairplay and we are very proud that these three teams continue in that tradition.
Each of the winning teams will receive a handsome team trophy and individual awards for each team member, coach and assistant. Teams that are returning for the Spring 2014 season will receive tickets for players and coaches to a DC United or Washington Spirit match where they will be honored at halftime.
Start of Spring 2014 Season is Just Weeks Away
Register Now While You're Thinking About It!
The Spring 2014 season kicks off in late March.Late Registration begins Sunday, February 9. Too many families think of it too late to get on a team in the Spring. We do all we can to place every child on a team, but after February 9 your placement cannot be guaranteed.
If you need assistance, email BRYC Recreational Soccer Registrar Siobhan Starrs at email@example.com or call in the evenings only 703-323-5747. For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions click here.
Are You Up to the Challenge of Coaching?
VYSA Certification Classes Announced
Posted in Coaches Corner is the schedule of BRYC sponsored VYSA Coaching Certification Courses being offered in the spring. For returning coaches who have not yet been taken a course, BRYC requires certification after two full seasons. Or if youll be coaching for the first time in the Spring, youll be far more prepared for the "challenge" if youve taken the course. So go to Coaches Corner, mark the dates on your calendar, and sign up now!
Discount Offer from Our Friends at Dick's Sporting Goods
10% off Many of Your Spring Soccer Needs
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 coaches' game.
Click on the Dick's "Special Soccer Offers" graphic to the right to find coupons for 10% off your soccer supplies for this spring. The coupons are good through July 10th. Help thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for their support of recreational youth sports by giving them your business!
BRYC Girls Shine in Herndon Tournament Action
U9s and U19s Make it to the Finals for Well-Earned Trophies
Coach Martin Quiroz’ U19 Girls All Stars Coach Mitch Bennett’s U9 Girls All Stars
On a rather cold and damp November weekend (perfect weather for playing soccer, perhaps, but not so much for the parents?) two squads of BRYC girls punched their tickets to the final match of their brackets before coming up just short of their championship goal, nonetheless earning trophies as tournament finalists.
After a respectable record during Saturday's preliminary games, the U19 girls got an opportunity to play (almost) full-length games on Sunday, defeating Chantilly 1-0 on a goal by Caitlyn (Bubbles) T. with an assist from Marisa G. and besting a physical Herndon squad 2-1 on goals by Marisa and Nora M. (assist from Bubbles). Nora's game winner hit the back of the net with 90 seconds left in the game. Playing for the championship against a Burke team the BRYC girls had defeated 2-1 on Saturday, the girls ran into a stout defense and the game ended 0-0. The Burke team had the better penalty kickers on Sunday and took home the championship trophies.
Veteran coach Mitch Bennett took his squad of much less experienced U9 Girls to their date with destiny, losing the final match by the narrowest margin of 1-0. For some of the girls, possibly playing in their first tournament and coming up against a team that was just as determined to win as they were, there were a few moments of tears as the game ended. But after a few consoling words from the coach, a congratulatory handshake and the repeated mantra "Good game! Good Game!", by the time the girls accepted their Finalist trophies they were almost all smiles. (The far right picture below may be fuzzy because of fading light but it’s still the webmaster’s favorite!)
Congratulations to the girls and their coaches, and to all the BRYC boys and girls who participated in the tournament. Win, lose, or draw, their selection to an All Star Squad is something to be proud of. Better luck to all next spring.
Washington Spirit Announce 2014 Schedule
Two Home Games Scheduled Against Each of the League's Four Top Teams
BRYC was proud to support the Washington Spirit in 2013 in its innaugural season as a member of the new National Womens’ Soccer League (NWSL). We plan to do even more in the upcoming 2014 season, already including the purchase of forty single game tickets to be made available to BRYC teams/players/familes at greatly reduced prices, and the possibility of yet another BRYC night after our successful first effort last Spring. If you were even an infrequent attendee in 2013 you’ll know how beautiful and crowd-friendly the Germantown Maryland SoccerPlex is for catching the Spirit in action. You’ll also know that you got to see some top notch women’s soccer, with members of the national teams of the U.S, Canada, and Mexico playing for the Spirit and each of the other eight teams in the league.
Sadly, our home-grown talent, BRYC alum Kika Toulouse (pictured right, at Spring 2013 photo day), will not be with the Spirit in 2014, having been selected by the new Houston Dash NWSL expansion team. It's a loss for the Spirit but speaks volumes for the talented Kika to be selected as one of the ten players Houston coveted in the draft out of well over 100 league wide. Responding to a congratulatory note, Kika called it "... a bittersweet situation for me as it was truly a privilege playing professionally for my hometown team last season. The Spirit will always have a special place in my heart. You're right though, ...I'm definitely excited to be a part of a new team in a new city and welcome any and all challenges that come along with that."
The Spirit's 2014 schedule has just been announced, including two home games against each of the league's top four teams from the 2013 season! it’s not to early to buy tickets for the season which begins on Sunday April 13 at 4:00 PM vs. Abby Wambach and the NWSL Champion Western New York Flash. Reserved seat prices range from $210-350 while individual game reserved seats will run from $30-50 each, when they become available. If you don’t anticipate attending a full season of games, consider the Spirit’s "Flex Pak", ten vouchers that can be exchanged for individual unreserved game tickets for just $170, completely flexible and a full $8 per ticket lower than individual game admission. (Some restricitons apply.) Download complete ticket pricing information here.
For additional information visit the Washington Spirit web site or call our BRYC-Spirit liaison, Natalie Pardo, at 240-812-7014.
D.C. United and D.C. Mayor Announce Plans for Stadium
Could Be Ready for 2016 Season
D.C. United co-owner Jason Levien and Washington D.C Mayor Vince Gray have announced plans for a $300 million project which would result in the Red and Black having a new, 20,000-seat stadium at Buzzard Point by 2016. United’s current home, Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, is a half-century-old relic. Meanwhile, most other MLS clubs have built soccer-specific stadiums in the last five to ten years.
If the plans go forward, United will pay the cost of constructing the stadium but the city will pay the cost and/or make the deals for the land, currently owned by the development firm Akridge, by Pepco, and by investor Mark Ein. Of course the deal also needs the approval of the D.C. Council, which is not a sure thing after the significant cost overruns in the building of Nationsls Park.
The stadium plan comes after years of on-again, off-again plans and announcements, and even the possibility of the team moving either to Maryland or Virginia.
BRYC has been a strong supporter of D.C. United over the years, with BRYC Nights at RFK Stadium being one of the most enjoyable evenings out for BRYC players and their families. BRYC has purchased a block of season tickets to D.C. United games for many years, used for prize drawings and Thank Yous to our many hard working volunteers.
Located in what was once the "Something Special" store, between Hunan West and Caribou Coffee (right next to the entrance to the BRYC Clubhouse) in the Kings Park Shopping Center, Zinga!, which sponsored a "BRYC Day" during the fall season, has generously offered to continue to give a 10% discount to any BRYC family who arrive for a treat any time wearing a BRYC jersey cap, jacket, or spirit wear. Just remind them to note that you’re a proud member of the Braddock Road Youth Club.
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.