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Spring Registration closed at midnight on Wednesday, February 14th.  Any further registrations will be placed on a waitlist.  Spring practice begins in late March weather permitting.

Welcome to the Big Walnut Soccer Association
Many of your questions can be answered in the following pages, but feel free to contact
us if there is anything else you require!

Spring Registration Info - Waitlist Only
Child must be 4 years old by 5/1/2018  

All  new registrations will be placed on a waitlist.  These players will be moved if positions on a team are available.  Any player who is waitlisted will be eligible for a full refund if we are not able to place them on a team.

Pre-K through 4th grades games will be played at Souders Elementary.  
5th-6th grade division will have a travel component.
All home games for the Middle School League will be played at Hylen Souders Elementary School, 4121 Miller-Paul Rd., Galena. Games for the MSL are scheduled by the MSSA office and typically are played on Saturdays and on Wednesday or Thursday evenings.

All games are subject to change due to scheduling or weather related conflicts.


After registration: 
We will hold our coaches meeting in mid March.  After that meeting, you will be contacted by your child’s coach with practice information.  The BWSA Board does not dictate practice schedules nor do we keep track of them. 

Games typically begin the first Saturday in April (weather permitting) and generally will run through the end of May.  

We will not offer refunds after February 28th except for waitlisted players.


Other info:  

Most teams practice one or two times a week.  The coach will dictate how many practices and on which nights.  There is no way players can be matched to a particular night of practice.


PreK through 6th grade games are played mostly on Saturdays with a couple Sunday afternoon games. Makeup games are typically scheduled on weeknights and/or Sunday afternoons.

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 will begin on the first Saturday in April and will run through the end of May. 

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 Big Walnut 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.

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.





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 

    with strangers.

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.




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 

    on the field of play.

by posted 12/19/2012
Hylen Souders Field Status
#00 Away Games - Anytown TBD (2/21) 
#01: U13-15 BPL Practice - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#02: Heroes/Freedom/MSSA - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#03: Heroes U9 & U10 - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#04: Grades 1-2 A - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#05: Grades 1-2 "B" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#06: Freedom U9 & U10 - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#07: Grades 5-6 - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#08: Heroes/Freedom U12 - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#09: Pre-K "A" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#10: Pre-K "B" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#11: Pre-K "C" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#12: Pre-K "D" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#13: Kindergarten "A" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#14: Kindergarten "B" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#15 Grade 3-4 "A" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#16 Grade 3-4 "B" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
#17 Grade 3-4 "C" - Galena TBD (2/21) 
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