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Welcome to the Big Walnut Soccer Association

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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.

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.


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Registration for Spring 2019 is Open


Spring PreK - 6th Grade Soccer Registration is Open

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 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



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  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 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.


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. 


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. 


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.

After Registration

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.


We will not offer refunds after February 14th.

by posted 12/10/2018



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
#01: MSL/U13+ - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#02: MSL/U13+ - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#03: Heroes U9 & U10 - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#04: Grades 1-2 - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#05: Grades 1-2 - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#06: Freedom U9 & U10 - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#07: Free-Heroes U11&U12 - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#08: Grades 5-6 - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#09: Pre-K - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#10: Pre-K - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#11: Pre-K - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#12: Pre-K - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#13: Kindergarten - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#14: Kindergarten - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#15 Practice Field - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#16 Grade 3-4 - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#17 Grade 3-4 - Galena TBD (1/16) 
#18: Practice Field - Galena TBD (1/16) 
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