U11B (ODSL) Lions Tape Mountaineer Classic Title
Boys Win Four Games in One Day

The Lions arrived at the Mountaineer Open Cup ready for action winning preliminary matches by scores of 2-0, 3-1, 2-1, before a championship game score of 4-1 over the Front Royal (FRSA) Rox.  The Lions showcased their strong foot skills and innate team ability, demonstrating 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.  (For the full story, press 

Fair Play a Hallmark of BRYC
Three Squads Win Fall 2013 ODSL Sportsmanship Honors

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.

BRYC Dynamo Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
U10 Boys ODSL Squad Sartorially Splendid for the Month of October

Beginning with the Battlefield Tournament over the Columbus Day weekend, where they boys made it to the finals with a 3-0 record before losing a heartbreaker to Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) in the finals, Coach Anthony Pagano’s U10 Boys Dynamo have shown BRYC’s colors well...and with a bit of their own touch...pink socks to show their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Coach Pagano says "there’s hardly anyone on the team who doesn’t know somebody close to them who has been affected by that disease."  

It was the coach’s son Nathan who suggested the team should do it and the rest of the team supported the idea enthusiastically as "one small way we could show our support for those who have suffered from (breast cancer)."  Kudos to the boys for their initiative and thoughtfulness.

Pictured above, referee Dan Cho and Team Manager Irma Rupar during the team’s pre-game inspection (including a couple of boys who didn’t get the word!) and roster check before their 2-1 victory over Vista Heat on October 26.

U14 Boys Smack Take On U.S.A. in Reno
Third Year Squad Excels in Junior National Tournament

Competing in the 34th Boys Junior National Championships held in Reno, Nevada (on the shores of Lake Tahoe) from June 28 through July 1, the first time a BRYC boys team secured a bid to this prestigious tournament,the BRYC “Smack” 14 boys took on teams from across the country! Performing admirably, way beyond the level that could normally be expected of a third-year team, the boys took 2nd place in the bronze division for an overall 14th place finish out of 32 teams.  Even more impressive was that they finished 2nd of all East Coast teams, behind only perennial power Pace Rochester, and 6th among all the non-California teams. It was an outstanding finish to a great season!

As impressive as their finish was their style of play and their tenacity. Out of eleven best-of- three set matches that the team played, eight of them went the full three sets, with the BRYC boys winning five of them, and were complimented by several opposing coaches on their defensive style, ability to control the ball, and their "never say die" attitude!
Congratulations to coach Victor Talamoa and the boys for an outstanding season!

While BRYC has had a Girls’ volleyball program for a number of years, the BRYC Boys program was only started in 2010 by former standout collegiate players Rob and Jeanne Baily (George Mason University and the University of Maryland respectively), with the assistance of Volleyball Commissioner Mark Thompson.  BRYC’s goal was to give boys in the area a chance to play volleyball, whether looking for the next level through the BRYC Club program, or starting out as a beginner. The three were pleasantly surprised at the number of boys at the first tryout and were able to form 2 U14 teams that included the Baily’s two sons along with other boys of all skill levels.

The boys had a great first year, traveling to nearby tournaments in Virginia Beach and Richmond. The second year (2011-2012) saw another two teams of U14s and the addition of a U12 team. This year, our third, BRYC continued with these three teams plus a U15 team made up mostly of boys who had played the past couple of years as U14s. The U15 team had great success, winning several local tournaments, winning the silver playoff bracket in the Rochester Can-Am tournament, and placing seventh in the Boys East Coast championships.

BRYC’s philosophy on player development and playing opportunities is leading to returning players and steady growth, hopeful that this will eventually create enough of a groundswell to allow boys volleyball to take its place as a sanctioned high school sport in Northern Virginia where there are now two men’s college programs, George Mason University and Marymount University. That status will allow the sport to truly be considered a viable option for boys to pursue, and open the sport up to a whole new set of boys who would have not known of its existence otherwise.

For more information about the boys program please visit the club’s website.


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