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The Big Walnut Soccer Association (BWSA) is a non-profit recreational league for children ages 4-14 in the Big Walnut area and surrounding communities. The 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.
The BWSA is a totally 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 has two seasons each year. The Fall Season runs from August through October with the application deadline in early July, while the Spring Season runs from March through May with the application deadline in early February. Participants must both register and pay the appropriate fee for each season separately.
PARENTS' GUIDE TO US YOUTH SOCCER
• Play the game for the game’s sake.
• Be generous when you win.
• Be graceful when you lose.
• Be fair always no matter what the cost.
• Obey the laws of the game.
• Work for the good of your team.
• Accept the decisions of the officials with good grace.
• Believe in the honesty of your opponents.
• Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.
• The right to decide when to participate in soccer.
• The right to play in every game. At younger ages, every child should have an
opportunity to play at least 50% of every game. No child should have to stand
and watch at practice.
• The right to be taught the fundamentals of soccer.
• The right to participate in a safe and healthy environment.
• The right to play as a child and enjoy participation in the sport.
• Provide transportation to and from all practices and games ensuring that the player
is prompt not only in arriving but also his/her departure.
• Stay and watch practices, as well as, games and lend the young players your support
in a positive manner. Do not point out their mistakes, leave that up to the coach, but
dwell on their accomplishments, as well as, their efforts.
• If unable to attend the practice or game encourage your child not to talk to or leave
• Ensure your child brings equipment to and from all soccer games and practices when
• Be available to kick the ball around with your child when you are invited to do so.
• Avoid material rewards. Build an attitude of “the rewards lie in the fun of being able
to play” and team accomplishments.
• Be a good listener. Make them feel important and let them know that they are
contributing to a team effort.
• Be positive. Never criticize.
• ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO BE A CHILD.
GUIDES TO SOCCER PARENTHOOD:
• In competition, someone always loses. If you win, do it gracefully, not boastfully.
• If you lose, do not allow your child to become negative.
• Too much competition, too soon, can slow down a child’s progress in skill
• Make fun and technique development your first priority.
• Your child’s coach will need all the support and help you can offer. Please, make
yourself available and volunteer all the time you can spare.
• Disagreements with the coach or officials do not belong on the public soccer field.
• Questions, input, and positive suggestions should be voiced to the coach and/or
League official in an adult atmosphere (the youth player should not be present).
• The overall purpose is to enjoy the game and the opportunity to be with your child