Discount Offer 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 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!

Training Opportunities for Players and Coaches
Spring 2014

Coaches, here are the training opportunities for you and your teams this season.

Training for U5 - U10 Players and Coaches

Training for U11 and UP Players and Coaches

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Coaches Testing Curriculum for Spring 2014
Piloting New Partnership with UK Elite...

This spring, BRYC partnered with a new training company to run our Pre-Season Coach's Clinic on the Basics of Basic Skills and the Basics of Intermediate Skills. Tom Holland from UK Elite ran two sessions on Basics: Passing & Receiving and Intermediate Skills: Turning. Trainer Steve Lehany followed the next week with a Basics session on Shooting and an Intermediate session on Defending (click on the words to get the practice plans from Steve's sessions!)

We had about 25-30 coaches at each session, and they were very well received. Watch for more from UK Elite in the future!

ALSO... UK Elite has provided us with curriculum for a season. There are three curriculum books grouped into age categories. Coaches who attended the Clinics were given a curriculum book to test out this season. I will be looking for feedback on the books so that we can determine if we would like to have them available every season for our coaches.

Tom and Steve were both excellent trainers. Although their styles were very different they were both effective. They are available to answer questions or help you with any particular activities you might want to work on with your team. Here is their contact information:

Tom Holland, Regional Manager, UK Elite, 703-350-8714;  email: tomh@ukelite.com

Steve Lehany, UK Elite;  email:  coach.stephenl@ukelite.com

If you have any comments about the curriculum or the Coach's Clinics, please send them on to me! Thanks! joan



CONGRATULATIONS to BRYC Coaches Who Completed their VYSA Licensing!

Over the last two weekends, BRYC has hosted four VYSA Soccer Coach's Licensing Courses.

The curriculum for the VYSA License courses are geared to specific age groups and give you valuable information as you head into your season. So it's important to keep your coaching license current with the age group you coach.

We want to congratulate our coaches who participated and received their next level of licensing:

E Certification:    Jaime Canales, Hernan Contreras, Robert Dixon, Brian Godlove, Dwayne Handon, Kurt Langenbach, Pierre Martel, Zulfiquar Mohamedshah, Jason Rajkumar, Bill Reese, Trina Russ

F Certification (U8-U10 Module):  Kyle Allison, Patrick Callahan, John Connell, Dean Jones, Scott Leiberman, Joseph Roth, Alan Simpson, Christian Vega, Natalie Weare, Richard Wyant

F Certification (U6-U8 Module):  Amir Ansari, Elijah Bush, Cameron Childs, Jaythan Elam, Paul Erickson, Shannon MacNamara, Tracy McConachy, Colleen Peacher, Adolfo Perez, Manny Ramirez, Francisco Rodriguez, Jennifer Prada

Director of Training
Joan Smith
Phone:    (540) 347-1350 (home)
              (703) 475-6003 (cell)
Email:     1candlechick@comcast.net

Hi BRYC Coaches! I'm Joan Smith, happy to return as the Director of Training for BRYC Recreational Soccer with my husband, James Sullivan. 

For all the new coaches out there, what we'd like you to know is that James and I were once in your shoes. We came up from ground zero... no soccer background, very limited soccer knowledge, VERY scared with 16 sets of expectant eyes looking to us for guidance and knowledge. We often wondered if we were crazy. What did WE have to offer? What we had, and what we still have, is a firm belief that soccer is good for our kids. It teaches life skills on so many levels, how to be a team player, how to get along with lots of different personalities, how to be open-minded and always willing to learn and to try, how to be selfless and most important that "winning" can be defined in many ways, it’s not just the score at the end of the game.

Did I say that soccer was good for our kids? We mean our coaches too, because soccer makes you use all these skills as a coach. The coach always sets the tone for team. Parents and players will all be looking to you and follow your lead through the toughest situations.

We have been coaching for six years now. We’ve learned a lot... sometimes the hard way. What I look to accomplish in the Training Director position is to make it easier for all of you, our coaches. I want you to know that you have resources, and where to find them. I want you to have the opportunity to interact with our other BRYC coaches and share best practices and thoughts. If you are a long-time coach, I'd like to pair you up with a newer coach so they have a go-to person for answers and for reassurance. I also want you to have access to professional training yourselves, so that you can grow as coaches... and that, in turn, will make BRYC grow as a club.

As James and I have progressed as coaches, we’ve tried many different things with the team through the seasons. Some worked, some didn’t. But we felt it was always important to try new things, because you never know what will be the thing that makes it "click" for the team. I tell you this so you won’t be surprised when you see new things. We’re switching up some of our programs, trying new things for the kids and for the coaches just to see what "clicks".

We hope that you take advantage of the programs offered, and that you find them helpful. Please don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know what thoughts you have to share.

I look forward to seeing you on the pitch!

Sincerely, Joan Smith