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BRYC Age Groups Change for Fall Season
USSF/USYS/VYSA Mandate Takes Effect beginning with Fall 2016 Registration
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.
BRYC Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Families in the Community
Check out pictures from the event...
Founded by a small group of parents in 1966, playing but a single sport, BRYC has grown to be one of the preeminent youth sports clubs in Fairfax County, now having served over 175,000 families playing soccer, football, flag football, basketball, cheer, volleyball, or softball.
On Saturday, July 30th we celebrated our history at Robinson Secondary School, with games, prizes, inflatables, a dunk tank, adult/alumni games for each of the BRYC sports, and special guests.
CLICK HERE to see pictures and a write-up about the event.
We're looking forward to the next 50 years and more!
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.
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.
Washington Spirit Take Sole Possession of First Place in NWSL
Team Holds Game-in-Hand Advantage over Portland Thorns
The Washngton Spirit moved to the top of the NWSL table on Thursday night with a road victory over the Houston Dash in a match postponed from earlier in the season. It was the "game-in-hand" that Washington had maintained ever since and they made the most of it with Christine Nairn scoring her first two goals of the season to give the spirit their 2-1 victory. The Spirit now sport a 10-3-2 record with five games remaining in their regular season, only two of them at home.
The Spirit's next game is on the road against the Orlando Pride on August 26 before they return home for their final Saturday night game, September 3 against the third-place Western New York Flash. Just four nights later, their final home contest of the regular season will be on Wednesday, September 7 against the Seattle Reign before they go on the road again for their final two matches of the season against Seattle and the fourth-place Chicago Red Stars.
The Spirit are almost certain to make the post season playoffs again this year for the third successive season with a home game at the end of September or beginning of October should they finish the regular season in first or second place. The NWSL Championship game will be played in Houston on Sunday, October 9.
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.
For specifics on our teams' tournament experience, and loads of action pictures, click on the 'Continue' link below.
D.C. United Press Ahead through their End of Season Schedule
Only a few more home games for the Black-and-Red
In a blistering August 13th match, D.C. United broke their six-match winless streak, their fist victory since June 25th. United are now undefeated in their last three matches. Bill Hamid made his 150th appearance (all starts) for the Black-and-Red.
There are only a few more games left to see at RFK Stadium this season, including August 21st, so get your tickets (see contact information below) and enjoy the play on the pitch!
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.
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.
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/".