Five Teams Reach the Finals in Highly Competitive PWSI Icebreaker Tournament
Over two very chilly weekends in late March, before the start of the regular soccer season, five of the six BRYC ODSL teams entered in the prestigous PWSI Icebreaker Tournament came home with medals around their necks, emblematic of having reached the finals in one of the area's most competitive pre-season tournaments. Playing alongside travel teams from BRYC's own Elite program not to mention over 450 other teams from all over the area, one squad, the BRYC Gunners (pictured at right), a U12 Boys teams coached by Mohamed Diaw, came home with championship honors, undefeated and untied in four matches.
Meanwhile, the significance of four other BRYC squads reaching the finals with near perfect records before falling in the championship cannot be overstated, especially as three of them competed in the PWSI's "Pride" Division, the Premier level conpetitive division of the tournament. For BRYC's relatively new ODSL program that's a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations to Coach Anthony Pagano's BRYC Dyamo (U11Boys); Coach William Bejan's BRYC Raiders (U14 Boys); Coach Pierre Martel's BRYC United (U11 Girls); and Coach Young Kim's BRYC Strikers (U10 Boys) (pictured left) for their tournament success.
Back to the Championship winning Gunners, they scored 11 goals while giving up only 1, before entering the championship match vs the Patriots of the Alexandria Soccer Assocation, winning that match by a final score of 6-3. Over the past several seasons the Gunners have won both tournament championships and ODSL sportsmanship awards as they continue to be a committed, hard-working bunch of boys, giving their absolute best as they play the game they obviously love. Congratulations to the Gunners and all of the BRYC finalists for their great tournament showing.
Recreational Soccer Sweeps Big Board Elections
Standing Room Only Crowd at BRYC's Annual Meeting
On the evening of Wednesday, March 11, with the Kings Park Community Meeting Room filled to capacity, Braddock Road Youth Club President Charles Osborn reported on the organization's sucesses in past year and the fiscal health of the organization...a small operating surplus on gross expenses of $1.7 million for all of the sports activities sponsored by the organization.
Then, in elections to three year terms, four members of the Recreational Soccer Executive Committee (EXCOM) were voted onto the board of the parent club. Two of them, former Rec Soccer Commissioner and BRYC President Dane Merkel, along with Rec Soccer's Referee Director John Davis, are incumbent members continuing their long service to the organization. Two others, Rec Soccer's budget coordinator Elizabeth Giuliani and Deputy Commissioner/ODSL Representative as well as All Star Coordinator Anthony Pagano, were each elected to their first terms on the board.
Congratulations to the four of them and thanks to the many supporters of "the beautiful game" who attended the meeting to show their support for the candidates and BRYC's Recreational Soccer program.
John Davis Elizabeth Giuliani Dane Merkel Anthony Pagano
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
The upcoming spring season has seen the departure of several BRYC veteran League Directors, leaving a couple of vacancies currently filled by our hard-working Junior Division Deputy Commissioner Peter Phipps, doubling as LD for the U9 and U10 Girls. In addition, having just (finally!) entered the 21st century with a Facebook page, we're looking to fill a new position as "Social Media Coordinator" to create a Rec Soccer presence on Facebook and Twitter. We're looking for folks who don't necessarily know how to play soccer but have the time, energy and desire to assist with the administration of the program. More and more, we miss those volunteers and have had to rely on coaches to pull double duty as League Directors and other volunteers who have been serving the organization for ten years or more.. Surely among the parents of some 1,500 players each season there must be a few who can spare just a few hours a week during the season ...VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU!
Will Become Mandatory for All Coaches in the Near Future
Concussions in sports is a very HOT topic right now, from youth leagues to colleges and professional athletes. Every public school sports program has a policy for handling concussions, and mandatory education for parents and athletes. Many sports clubs, including BRYC, are joining the move to raise awareness about concussions and their treatment.
In the Fall 2011 season, John Almquist, Administrator of Athletic Training Programs for Fairfax County Public Schools, presented a seminar on Concussions in Youth Sports. The presentation was very enlightening.
It is absolutely worth every coach’s time to educate themselves, their parent group and players, on the latest findings. Here is a link to a Concussion Training Video offered by the Center for Disease Control. This training will soon be mandatory for all parents, players, and team officials.
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.