BRYC softball's foundation is their coaches. We are dedicated to improving your coaching skills so that we can provide the best possible experience for our players.
This page is designed to provide helpful information for coaches, volunteers and parents and to keep them aware of information about Braddock Road Youth Club, BRYC Softball, and the leagues our various teams are playing in. Important information from commissioners, umpires, and other coaches will be posted here, as well as information about rule changes, and other things impacting the way you coach our players.
One of the best ways to learn how to coach is by watching other experienced coaches run their practices. The league can not survive without having coaches who work hard at improving their skills and at providing the best possible practices for their players. The league IS NOT about winning games - it is about properly training our players. If you train your players correctly in the fundamentals, then the wins will follow! There are several ways to receive training:
- ASA ACE certification - this is a formal training coach certification process administered by ASA softball. Cost is $25 for the first year and then it decreases for subsequent years. We recommend all new coaches go through the first year certification to receive training in running a team, first aid considerations, fundamental player skills, etc. It is worth $25 - you will receive a coach's "how to" book in the mail and you also receive additional insurance coverage as a coach. It is a great program for coaches to take advantage of. This is REQUIRED if you intend to play the district tournament at the end of the spring seasons - click on the link to the right to go the their website.
- Use the internet! Just Google "Fastpitch Softball Training" and you will have access to more information than you will ever read. We've listed a few sites below.
- WATCH HOW OTHER SUCCESSFUL COACHES RUN THEIR PRACTICES - ASK QUESTIONS!
- Contact the VA Stingrays coaches and visit some of their practices
Sports-related concussions – in all sports – cannot be eliminated, but we can all do our part to minimize the risk. BRYC Softball has put together a Concussion Awareness Program using information from the CDC to help educate coaches, parents and players.
“A Coach's Guide to First Aid” - A great guide for coaches and how to deal with injuries and first aid.
The BRYC Girls Fastpitch softball program is intended to provide girls with the opportunity to experience softball at all levels in an atmosphere that encourages and promotes teamwork, friendships, and good sportsmanship. It is the purpose of BRYC to achieve this goal with adult leaders providing the example. The League expects coaches, fans, and umpires to exhibit courtesy and proper decorum at all times.
Good Sportsmanship continues to be one of the major goals of BRYC Softball. Please remind your parents and girls to cheer on their team, but to do so in a positive manner. Umpires have the right to to request a coach to control his players and/or fans, and can call a game if the coaches, inappropriately. The girls learn best from positive role models, so let's all work together to continue to make BRYC Softball a rewarding experience for all our players, parents, and coaches. For more info, read the BRYC Softball Code of Conduct .
- General Guidelines for the BRYC Girls Softball League were updated for the 2009. All coaches should be familiar with these guidelines. If you have a question about any of them, please email the commissioner for your age group, the BRYC Softball Commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- ASA rules (2011)
- BRYC Risk Management Policy was adopted in the fall of 2003. This policy lays out the actions BRYC will take to provide a safe environment for its members and participants and to preventing abusive conduct in any form. Under the policy, all coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, the Softball Commissioner, and any adult who is left in charge of a player other than his/her child must fill out a disclosure form and BRYC will conduct a background check.
- Inclement Weather Policy
- Fairfax County Field Closure Guidance
- Specific Rules for the Ponytail (18u) League
- Specific Rules for the Pigtail (12u) League
- Specific Rules for the 10U League
- Specific Rules for the Coach Pitch League
BRYC Softball Banner Form
Head coaches and league leadership pay a reduced registration fees for league play. (click here for list of league leadership positions) If you are a head coach or league leadership volunteer, we will gladly refund you a portion of the registration fee you've paid.
BRYC Softball is a girls fastpitch softball organization in Fairfax County, Virginia that is dedicated to providing girls with the opportunity to experience recreational and competitive softball in an atmosphere that encourages and promotes teamwork, friendships, and good sportsmanship.