Under New Management: James Sullivan Named Soccer Commissioner
Replaces the Outgoing Dan Lemieux
At its regularly monthly meeting in July the BRYC Executive Committee regretfully accepted the resignation of Commissioner Dan Lemieux (far right) and unanimously voted to name James Sullivan (near right) as the new leader of the BRYC's recreational soccer program. Lemieux had served the organization in various capacities, including coach and League Director, before assuming the position of Registrar which he held for two years immediately prior to being named Commissioner in 2012, replacing David Knight in that role.
With no "obvious" replacement waiting in the wings, the EXCOM was thrilled to learn of the interest of Sullivan, who has coached for BRYC (now at the U16/19G level) for a number of years and attended countless EXCOM meetings as an observer, contributing sage advice and counsel on numerous occasions. He comes to the position well-liked by all, and, without saying, highly recommended by his wife, BRYC's outstanding Training Coordinator, Joan Smith.
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. That includes League Directors at every age level, four Deputy Commissioners to oversee and assist the work of the League Directors and our ODSL program, and ten "back office" members of the EXCOM responsible for the budget, equipment, field scheduling, field maintenance, referees, the registration process, training, uniform purchase and distribution, our All Star program, and this web site. A number of our volunteers no longer have children in the program but continue to offer their time and talents for the love of the game, the love of the kids, and the love of BRYC.
Still, this upcoming season, like every other in recent memory, has meant the departure of folks like BRYC veteran Dan Lemieux and at least four League Directors who had to be replaced by...VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! It isn't always an easy process finding those among our "family" who have the time, the energy, and the desire to help out. When you feel the urge to give back...or even if you don't feel it but are asked to give back to the organization that has provided countless hours of enjoyment for you and your children, we hope you'll consider the call. We need folks like James Sullivan to come forward ...and he did. If you want to volunteer in any capacity and with any skills whatsoever, email James to let him know you want to help when the next opening arises. Tell us what interests you, be it giving just a few hours of your time to something more substantial, and we'll put you to work. Even just a few hours of your time helping us with such activities as Photo and Uniform Distribution days will be so much appreciated...and we can't survive without you.
It's All In A Day's Work for the U11B Lions
Squad Travels to West Virginia, Wins Four Games, and Comes Home with Championship
The BRYC U11B Lions (ODSL) arrived at the Mountaineer Open Cup in Martinsburg WV on Sunday June 22, 2014 ready for action! The first game proved to be a quick win with the Lions challenging the host club's Tri Cities (TCSC) Galaxy from the beginning, coming away with a 2-0 victory. The Lions next faced a Chantilly team that was ready to take advantage of any weakness. Chantilly scored first and the boys had to recover quickly but that they did, regaining their focus and finishing the game with a win by a score of 3-1.
Before the third game the Lions had a few hours of rest and were ready for a challenging TCSC Elite team. Once again the Lions came out strong. Another 2-1 victory brought them to the championship game. With less than an hour rest from the heat and the three previous games, the Lions were ready. They went into the game with the Front Royal (FRSA) Rox team and kept their cool.The Lions showcased their strong foot skills and innate team ability, bringing their best to the tournament final in winning the championship game by a score of 4-1. The Lions showed that all of the hard work they have put in with countless training hours paid off. Congratulations to Coach Carlos Merino and the boys for the great showing.
Women's World Cup Qualifying Matches Coming to D.C.
Final Four Qualifying Games Are Scheduled October 20-21 at RFK Stadium
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCAF) announced on July 23 that RFK Stadium will be the site of the last four qualifying matches before the semi-final round to determine the three CONCACAF teams joining Canada (already qualified as the host nation) at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Vancouver. The United States women will join Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, plus four other teams from the Caribbean Football Union, in three matches each over just 12 days. RFK will host the last of those three preliminary contests, with two matches each on both Monday and Tuesday, October 21 and 22. That means that all eight teams will be playing here, with the top four moving on to the semi-finals and finals in Philadelphia the following Friday and Sunday. Game times, matchups, and ticket information are to be announced. For more complete information, go to the CONCACAF website.
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.