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.

    Popularity

    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.

     
    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

     
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    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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