Big Walnut Soccer Association

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    Welcome to Big Walnut Soccer Association

    'O Jogo Bonito' (Portuguese) phrase, meaning 'The Beautiful Game' was actually popularised by the Brazilian professional footballer Pelé. In 1977, he named his autobiography 'My Life and the Beautiful Game' and since then the phrase has entered the language as a description for what we call soccer.

    Many of your questions can be answered in the following pages, but feel free to contact us if there is anything else you require.

    The Big Walnut Soccer Association consists of a two part system to accommodate players from ages 4-14 in all levels of skill.

    1) The recreational league, known as BWSA, is a non-profit recreational league for children ages 4-14 in the Big Walnut area and surrounding communities. We have divisions beginning in Pre-Kindergarten and going through Middle School.

    The BWSA is a volunteer organization and we are constantly in need of parents of younger children to join as coaches and board members and grow with their children and the league.

    The BWSA hosts two seasons each year. The Fall Season runs from mid-August through October with the application deadline in early July, while the Spring Season runs from mid-March through May with the application deadline in early February. Participants must both register and pay the appropriate fee for each season separately.

    2) The Freedom Soccer Club is our professionally coached affiliate travel program. Teams participate in the Mid-Ohio Select Soccer League (MOSSL), Buckeye Premier League (BPL), Ohio South State League (OSSL), and in the Midwest Regional League (MRL).

    Freedom also offers a volunteer parent coached travel program. The available divisions in this program is variable and dependent upon coaches who choose to serve in the capacity required for a one year commitment beginning in June of each year. Teams participate in the Mid-Ohio Select Soccer League (MOSSL).

    For more information regarding either of the Select programs, click here. Freedom has opportunities for ages 8-18.

    Our Mission

    The Big Walnut Soccer Association (BWSA) is dedicated to the education of soccer and good sportsmanship in a fun, community environment. Players are taught the value of hard work, perseverance, teamwork and respect. We strive to create a positive, energetic learning experience for children and parents as well.


    Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. According to FIFA's most recent Big Count survey, there are 265 million players actively involved in soccer around the world, roughly about 4 percent of the world's population. At least 3.2 billion people watched some part of the 2014 World Cup, with 1 billion tuning in for the final live on television. In comparison, approximately 115 million people watched the 2016 Super Bowl.

    Spring 2020 Registration
    Posted Sep 7, 2019

    Spring 2020 Registration Info

    Please use the registration links to register for all spring soccer - both players and coaches. If you would like to coach, there is a separate registration link. All coaches and players must register in the spring season even if they were involved in the fall season.  Please pay close attention to the registrations dates.  Late fees begin February 1st.

    Regular registration is currently open through January 31st.  Late registration starts February 1st.  Registration must be submitted by January 31st, 2020  to avoid a late fee. Applications received during the regular registration period are guaranteed placement on a team. Applications submitted during late registration will be assessed a $25.00 late fee per application and your child will be placed if there is still space available on a team. If you registered during late registration and we are unable to place your child on a team, we will refund your registration fee. It is very important that we receive all applications on time so we can find enough coaches, assign teams, and begin our season as scheduled! Late applications complicate this process. If payment is a problem at the time of registration, you must email us at and we will work with you on a payment arrangement.

    ** Important: Please read and understand before registering!!!

    We cannot accept requests for a certain practice and/or game days or the times they will be held. Practice nights and times are determined by the team coach. Once a child is placed on a team, we will not make team changes or offer refunds due to conflicts with other organizations they may be involved in! No refunds after February 14th.

    Recreational League Fee - PreK (age 4 by 05/01/20 through Grade 6) is $105.00 per child if received by 1/31 and $130.00 per child if received after 1/31. (A family maximum fee of $275.00 will be charged for the recreational program ONLY IF the applications are received by 1/31. The family maximum does not apply to the Middle School League or the Select League.)

    Middle School League Fee - Grades 7 & 8 (regardless of birth date) is $120.00 per child if received by 1/31 and $145.00 per child if received after 1/31.


    Recreational League: New players registering for Spring 2020 will be placed on an existing team that needs players or new teams will be formed as necessary. Typically, children returning to play in the Spring 2020 season will remain on the same team they were assigned to Fall 2019. These players must still complete an application and pay the appropriate fee for Spring 2020. Each fall, new teams are re-drawn.  The new fall teams are drawn randomly and then leveled by experience.

    SPRING 2020 RECREATIONAL AGE DIVISIONS (PreK**, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-6)

    Teams will be formed by grade. Pre-K and Middle School are co-ed for the Spring 2020 season. 
    Pre-school children** must turn 4 by May 1st, 2020 to be eligible for the Spring 2020 season.

    All children in Pre-School, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 through the 6 participate in the Recreational League.  Some age groups of the recreational league may play against other recreational teams in our neighboring communities. 
    All children in the 7th and 8th grade must participate in the Middle School League.

    SPRING 2020 MIDDLE SCHOOL LEAGUE (Grades 7-8) (Note: Not affiliated with the Big Walnut Middle School)

    The MSL teams are a traveling recreational program consisting of teams that play against other MSL teams in our neighboring communities. The MSL is open to any child currently in the 7th or 8th grade provided they are not playing on a select team. 

    Games are typically played on Thursdays and Saturdays for co-ed teams. There are typically 5 home games and 5 away games. The schedule is made by league, but subject to change. Coaches can adjust schedules to field and team member availability. Week day games may be out of division but closer to home while weekend games tend to be in division and may travel anywhere in Central Ohio.

    There is an end of season tournament. The tournament last 2 weeks starting the Monday after the regular season ends. League determines time and place. Tournament concludes on Sunday of the second weekend with the championship game in each division.

    More information can be found about MSSA on the Columbus East Soccer Association website.


    Practices usually begin in mid-March depending on the weather and how quickly we can find coaches and set teams. Historically, finding enough coaches has been an issue.  Games typically begin the first Saturday in April and should conclude by the end of May. Most games will be played on Saturdays but there could be some Sunday and/or weeknight games during the season. Saturday games will begin between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

    Games for the younger age groups (PreK-3rd grade) and home games for the remaining age groups are typically played at Hylen Souders Elementary School, 4121 Miller-Paul Road, Galena. Other games for Grades 4-6 and MSL could be played in our neighboring communities. Games for the MSL are scheduled by the MSSA office and are normally played on Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings.

    UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT The recommendation to move to a reversible jersey for grades 3-MS has been approved by the BWSA Board. All players in these age groups will receive a reversible jersey. In subsequent years, this jersey can be reused. Replacement jerseys will have a fee associated. PreK - 2nd grade will be supplied with a Timbits jerseys.  Players must supply their own shorts, socks, shoes, soccer ball and required shin guards. Shoes may be cleated soccer, baseball, or all-purpose type; metal cleats are not permitted. Tennis shoes, while permitted for the recreational league, are not recommended. Tennis shoes are not permitted for the MSL. Short and sock colors may be recommended by your coach.

    PreK through grade 2 use a size 3 ball.  Grades 3-6 use a size 4 ball.  Middle school uses a size 5 ball.

    We are always looking for coaches. Please consider coaching your child's team. There is a separate registration for coaches and team administrators. Teams cannot be formed until we have enough volunteer coaches.

    Letter from the Board
    Posted Jun 5, 2019

    Letter to BWSA Parents
    Fall 2019 Registration

    BWSA Parents,
    All youth sports are in an era where we are facing some significant challenges. I’m sure you read the headlines and realize that we are no longer living in a time when the best intentions can be assumed of everyone. New laws and rule changes designed to help protect children and raise the level of awareness of both coaches and parents alike are coming our way at a very fast pace. These laws include Return to Play(Concussion Law), Lindsay’s Law (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) and the new Safe Sport Act (Sexual Abuse). As a result of these regulations, the statutory requirements that are placed upon leagues become ever more burdensome. Additionally, leagues must keep all this signed paperwork on file in perpetuity. Our parent association, Ohio South Youth Soccer Association (OSYSA) has devised a system that helps us manage these issues and the additional regulations which will come our way in time.

    OSYSA has created a registration system for parents and coaches which relieves member leagues from the liability of tracking and maintaining these records. Unfortunately, these services have associated costs. We work very hard to strike a balance between keeping recreational sports affordable and still collecting enough to pay for all of the moving parts that go into making this enterprise viable. That being said, we find ourselves in a position of needing to raise out rates for the Fall 2019 season as the latest requirements are now taking effect.

    The new rates for Fall 2019 will be $105 for PreK - 6th and $120 for Middle School.  This includes some additional funds for field maintenance. Additionally, for the older divisions - 1st grade and up - we will be introducing a reversible jersey which can be used multiple seasons. What this allows us to do is warehouse more jerseys than we need in a given year (Fall to Spring Seasons) and gives us more flexibility in dealing with late incoming registrations. We won’t have to order jerseys based upon a specific number of players, sizes, colors, etc.

    BWSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all of our funds go directly back into the program. We are responsible for maintaining 13 acres of fields year-round. In past years we have paid to expand the parking lot 3 times, install drainage (although this Spring has been a challenge) and create new fields. We have purchased a new main shed and have replaced the doors on the old shed which will be moved to the back to replace the very old metal shed. We also need to replace (re-run) a broken clay field tile which runs through the parking lot. This cannot be done until the season and tryouts for select soccer are complete.

    We value our relationship with the community and want to make this a program we can all be proud to be a part of.

    Thank You,

    BWSA Board

    Freedom SC News

    Freedom Soccer Club’s Ashley Schneider was selected to the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls 2002/2003 National team.  Her selection came after being invited to the US Youth Soccer ODP National Training Camp in January.  Ashley will represent the US Youth Soccer ODP National team at an event later this year in France.  We wish her all the best.

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