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The Big Walnut Soccer Association consists of a three 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 Heroes is our 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)
3) 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 has opportunities for ages 8-18.
For more information regarding either of the Select programs, click on the appropriate tab at the top of this page.
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.
Registration for the spring season is here. As many of you know, we tried a new registration system, Stack Sports, for the Fall 18 season. This proved to be a disappointing decision as the system did not function as we were promised.
With this being said, the BWSA Board has made the decision to go back to the old system. All recreational youth, grades PreK through 6th will use the www.bigwalnutsoccer.com website or mail in a paper application to register. If you are were a new family to BWSA in the fall, you will have to register a family account on www.bigwalnutsoccer.com
Applications can be mailed to the address below and must be postmarked by Thursday, January 31, 2019 to avoid a late fee. You may also register online at www.bigwalnutsoccer.com. Online applications must be submitted by Thursday, January 31, 2019 to avoid a late fee. Applications submitted/postmarked by the dates shown above are guaranteed placement on a team. Applications submitted/ postmarked after the dates shown above must include a $25.00 late fee per application and your child will be placed if there is still space available on a team. If we are unable to place your child after the deadline, we will refund your payment. It is very important that we receive all applications in a timely manner so we may begin our season as scheduled! If payment is a problem at the time of registration, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you on a payment arrangement. Those needing special assistance must contact us first, then MAIL the application to BWSA, and it must be received by the deadline of 1/31.
You must complete a separate application for each child in your family. These fees cover the Spring 2019 season only.
Recreational League Fee (Pre-School*, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6) is $95.00 per child if received by 1/31 and $120.00 per child if received after 1/31. (A family maximum fee of $250.00 will be charged for the recreational program ONLY IF the applications are received by 1/31. The family maximum does not apply to the Select League.)
If applying by mail, send your application form to: BWSA, PO Box 164, Sunbury, OH 43074
Make checks payable to BWSA. Returned checks will be assessed a $35 fee. We will not offer refunds after February 14, 2019.
HOW TEAMS ARE FORMED
Recreational League: New players registering for Spring 2019 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 2019 season will remain on the same team they were assigned to Fall 2018. These players must still complete an application and pay the appropriate fee for Spring 2019. Each fall, all teams are re-drawn. New fall teams are drawn randomly and then leveled by experience.
SPRING 2019 RECREATIONAL AGE DIVISIONS (PreK**, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-6)
Teams will be formed by grade. Pre-K teams are co-ed for the Spring 2019 season.
Pre-school children** must turn 4 by May 1st, 2019 to be eligible for the Spring 2019 season.
All children in Pre-School, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 through the 6 must participate in the recreational league. Some age groups of the recreational league may play against other recreational teams in our neighboring communities.
WHERE AND WHEN DO WE PLAY
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. See note above.* Games for the younger age groups (PreK through 4th grade) and home games for the remaining age groups are typically played at Hylen Souders Elementary School, 4121 Miller-Paul Road, Galena. Away games for grades 5-6 could be played in our neighboring communities.
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
Returning players from Fall 2018 typically remain on the same team they were assigned to last Fall and will use the same jersey they were issued for the Fall 2018 season. New players that did not play Fall 2018 will receive a jersey included with your application fee. If you are a returning player from Fall 2018 and have outgrown or lost your jersey, please order a new jersey and include an additional $20.00 replacement fee.**** All players must supply their own shorts, socks, shoes, soccer ball and required shin guards. Shoes may be soccer, baseball, or an all-purpose type of cleat. Metal cleats are not permitted. Tennis shoes, while permitted for the Recreational League, are not recommended.
A complete handbook is available on our website under the Coaches Tab. All participants must agree to abide by the rules, regulations, and philosophy of BWSA listed in the Handbook as a condition of participation.
Although it seems that registration and the refund deadlines are quite early in the process, it takes time to get a critical mass of participants signed up. Until that point, we cannot determine the number of teams that we can create within a particular age group and then the number of coaches we will need to lead those teams. The more parents that volunteer to coach during the registration process, the easier it is.
You will be contacted by your child's coach with practice information after our coaches meeting in March. Refer to the web site to stay informed as to when that exact date will be. Games typically begin on the first Saturday in April (weather permitting) and generally will run through the end of May.