Brunswick Soccer Association: Welcome

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Brunswick Soccer Association

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We are a community based travel and recreational youth soccer club located in Brunswick, Ohio.  We have travel boys' and girls' teams from U8 - U14.  We participate in the AASL area soccer league and are a proud member of OYSAN.  We offer a youth recreational development programs, the Brunswick Soccer Academy, for both boys and girls ages 3-5 (the Little Kickers) and ages 6-8 (the Junior Kickers).    

Our Mailing Addresses are:

For Travel: BSA Travel, P.O. Box 633 Brunswick, OH 44212

For Little & Junior Kickers: BSA Kickers, P.O. Box 1248 Brunswick, OH 44212





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Thursday, February 6
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Thursday, March 27
Travel Soccer Tryouts for 2014/2015

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Dates are set for travel tryouts for the 2014/2015 seasons.  May 19-22, 2014.  Location to be determined as of yet.  Age groups are for next year's age group and for both boys and girls.  So for example, U11's is for current U10's to tryout for next Fall's U11 teams.  A flyer and full information will be coming out soon.

Monday, May 19: U11's

Tuesday, May 20: U13 & U14

Wednesday, May 21: U10 & U12

Thurdsday, May 22: U8 & U9



Monday, April 21
Field & Rainout Information for BSA as of 4/21/14

Monitor this website for 2014 Spring training and games. All fields at Brunswick High School and Memorial Elementary are CLOSED until further notice (most likely the entire Spring season).

Hopkins Park is now OPEN.  We are field Diana 1 or D1 (off Diana Drive). 

Crestview and Lower Edwards are OPEN.  Please for training nights, stay away from the goal box areas on these fields.

St. Ambrose will be used for games only, no training and is weather and field dependent as well.

We ask if the fields are not in any condition to play on, don't.  First is the safety of the children.  And second, so the field does not get any further damage so it cannot be used for the season.

We only have 3 locations for our home games this Spring so please be careful and only use the fields for training if they are good to train on.  Same goes for the games.  Season started April 13th.



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Friday, March 28
USA Men's World Cup - 2014 Match Play

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BSA is looking at hosting a soccer fundraiser and soccer get together to support our USA Men's team in this year's 2014 World Cup being held in Brazil.  More information to follow to location, price for ticket, what is included in the ticket, etc.

2014 World Cup Team USA Schedule

First Round - Match 1
Match Date Time Match-up Stadium City
14 June 16 6:00 p.m. Ghana vs. USA Estádio das Dunas Natal
30 June 22 6:00 p.m. Portugal vs. USA Arena Amazonia Manaus
45 June 26 12:00 p.m. Germany vs. USA Arena Pernambuco Recife



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Friday, March 28
BSA 2014 Winter Indoor Soccer Olympics Winners

BSA Indoor Soccer Olympics

BSA boys and girls concluded their indoor training sessions at the Rec Center with Soccer Olympics competitions held last Wednesday.  The coaches were impressed with the dramatic improvements in skills demonstrated by all the players… which should be a good sign for the spring season!  Congratulations to the following winners:

Boys:

  Dribbling Juggling Shooting Most Improved
U8/U9 Triston Sohoski Ryan Short Ethan Nemcheck Hunter Winston
U10 Jason Safco Josh Lord Nick Novack Ryan Horner
U11 Seth Murphy Gavin Ernst Jacob Kijanski Will Antonious
 Girls:
  Dribbling Juggling Shooting Most Improved
U8/U9 Abbey Balentine Allison Lancaster Morgan Kulka Brooke Allen
U10 Ella Nikolous Molly Woods Riley Shaughnessy Ava Jindra
U11/U12 Kallie Freese Kallie Freese Alexa Krauth Sam Schirripa


Friday, March 28
Mission Impossible - Soccer Fundraiser

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Friday, March 28
Brunswick Fall Classic Soccer Tournament

Tournament Director Jeff Petrenko and his very supportive wife, Mickie (2007)

2014 Brunswick Fall Classic will be November 1 & 2.  Check back later for more details.



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Saturday, February 22
2014 Lynn Gillespie Scholarship - for girls playing recreational soccer

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Click on the tab to the left regarding this scholarship. Scholarship is for girls only currently playing recreational soccer interested in playing travel soccer next year. Download the handout flyer.

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Handout: 2014 Lynn Gillespie Scholarship

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Tuesday, December 31
Little and Junior Kickers Soccer Programs

Just a reminder that the Brunswick Soccer Academy, the recreational division of the Brunswick Soccer Association (travel soccer), Junior Kickers (6-8) and the Little Kickers (3-5) programs.

     
JUNIOR KICKERS (Ages 6-8)
The Junior Kickers 8 week Spring session will begin the week of April 14th.  Registration information will be emailed to you and also available on the BSA website the week of January 13th; registration will close March 16th.   Cost will be $55.00 per player plus a one-time $10 tee-shirt fee (2 shirts).  Returning players that already have their Junior Kickers shirts from the fall 2013 season will be $55.00 per player.  Registration will be completed via mail.

U6 Player: birth date falls between 8/1/2007 - 7/31/2008
U7 Player: birth date falls between 8/1/2006 - 7/31/2007
U8 Player: birth date falls between 8/1/2005 - 7/31/2006
     
LITTLE KICKERS (Ages 3-5)
The Little Kickers 7 week Summer session will begin on Friday, June 13th.  Registration information will be emailed to you and also available on the BSA website the week of January 13th; registration will close May 4th.   Cost will be $55.00 per player.  Registration will be completed via mail.

U3 Player: birth date falls between 8/1/2010 – 7/31/2011
U4 Player: birth date falls between 8/1/2009 - 7/31/2010
U5 Player: birth date falls between 8/1/2008 - 7/31/2009
The objective of the Brunswick Soccer Academy is to provide a quality soccer experience with an emphasis on fun and development through creative soccer activities that provide comfort with the ball and promote general skill progression for the players.  Each session will be run by high energy experienced soccer trainers with expertise in training and developing children in the specified age groups.

NOTE: Brunswick Soccer Association has a NEW web address: www.brunswickohiosoccer.com.

Thank you and we hope to see your player in our 2014 programs!

Pam Menick
Brunswick Soccer Academy 

Prior entry:

BSA will be offering youth soccer development sessions again outside for boys and girls ages (3-5 Little Kickers) and ages (6-8 Junior Kickers).  Indoor sessions are currently being held at UXL on Pearl Rd. in Brunswick http://www.uxlfitness.com/#!soccer-training/citr  Contact Bruce Miller for additional information.

Little Kickers will be offering an outdoor Summer soccer session (7 week program) starting around mid June (exact dates coming soon).  Location will be in Brunswick, most likely Hopkins Park on Friday nights.  Cost will be $55 per player.  More information to follow.

Junior Kickers will be offering an outdoor Spring soccer session (8 week program) starting around mid April (exact dates coming soon).  Location will be in Bruunswick, most likely either the High School or Edwards Middle School.  Cost will be $55 per player.  More information to follow.

Both programs will provide trainers for your children to help develop their soccer skills.  These trainers will be either our current high school coaches or former college players.

Any questions, please contact either Pam Menick, Tim Shearer or Jeff Petrenko.  Click on the Board tab for all email addresses for BSA members.



Wednesday, June 12
Contact Information for Little and Junior Kickers programs

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, etc. regarding either our Brunswick Soccer Academy Little Kickers (ages 3-5) and/or Junior Kickers (ages 6-8), please contact Pam Menick at pmenick@aol.com , Kimberlee Bublik at kimba5600@yahoo.com or Jeff Petrenko at jap0711@aol.com

Brunswick Soccer welcomes Pam Menick to our organization.  Pam was the former CEO of OYSAN.  We also welcome Kimberlee Bublik.  Kim brings her marketing skills and Blue Pride involvement to our staff.  We are excited to have both these talented and energized ladies to help launch our new recreational soccer program. 



Tuesday, April 17
Contact Information for Questions regarding Travel Soccer

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Any general questions regarding our local travel soccer program, please contact Jeff Petrenko @ jap0711@aol.com

Any questions regarding coaching, tryouts, skill developments, etc., please contact Tim Shearer @ coachtim@roadrunner.com



Thursday, May 30
Blue Pride Foundation - Link

Click on the link to access the Brunswick Blue Pride Foundation website and upcoming events, information and news.

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Thursday, March 29
Severe Weather - Article

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Please read this article.  It points out why you should suspend a game (or
practice) whenever you see severe weather anywhere near you.   Note the last
paragraph where "officials" said it was "clear" yet they saw the severe weather
a couple of miles away.  ALWAYS ERR ON THE SIDE OF SAFETY!

Lighting strike leaves four injured at Indiana softball field
 
A lightning strike at a softball practice has left the town of Seymour, Ind.,
reeling after four girls on the Seymour (Ind.) High team were taken to the
hospital when a bolt of lightning struck one girl directly and injured three
others.
 
As local CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indiana and the Seymour Tribune reported, the
Seymour team was preparing for practice when they noticed a storm a couple miles
off in the distance. With the severe weather not posing a threat to the
practice, the team continued warming up.
 
But just moments before they were about to take the field, a bolt of lighting
came out of nowhere and struck Seymour freshman Emily Bobb; three others --
Kristin George, a sophomore, Kelsey Nolting, a junior, and Carlee Westfall, a
senior -- were also injured during the strike, but all three were reportedly
nowhere near Bobb at the time.
 
"Only Emily was struck by lightning, and the other three girls were taken to the
hospital after it was determined they were complaining of headaches or similar
issues," Seymour Community Schools Superintendent Teran Armstrong told the
Seymour Tribune. "They were not struck by lightning and were really nowhere near
Emily."
 
Bobb was rushed to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in critical
condition, while the three others players were taken to Shenck Medical Center in
Seymour with non-life-threatening injuries. They were later released on Thursday
evening. Riley Hospital confirmed with the Seymour Tribune that Bobb was in
critical but stable condition on Thursday night.
 
While some might question what the team was even doing on the field in the first
place, officials were quick to point out that the skies were clear prior to the
accident. It would appear this really was a freak lightning strike. You just
hope the freshman player in critical condition pulls through and is able to get
back on the field in the future.



Friday, March 16
No Pets Allowed

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Why pets should be left at home and not brought to any soccer matches.

Sunday, March 21
Soccer Fans - 15 points - PLEASE READ

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For soccer fans, please take time to read these 15 points.

15 Things Everyone Should Remember - Please forward to all you families.  I would also like to recommend the book The Car Ride Home for all families as it discusses many of the points below. 

We all recognize that soccer is a very passionate game— for players and fans.

But when it comes to youth soccer, the soccer pitch can bring out some of the worst instincts that we have.

We all want our sons and daughters to play, to play hard, to play well, and have fun. We want them to be well coached, play on a team that is competitive in their category, and benefit in a host of ways from being involved in competitive athletics.

Yet we, as parents, sometimes undercut how much fun our kids have, and how much they will actually benefit.

This happens by and through our behavior, especially during games.

So with the 2011 soccer season around the corner, here is a primer, a reminder, of little things that we can do on the sidelines this spring and summer to make this soccer season more pleasant for all concerned — most importantly, for the kids.

15 things to keep in mind while watching from the sidelines this summer:

1. Let the coaches’ coach. If you are telling your son or daughter — or any other player for that matter — to do something different from what their coach is telling them, you create distraction and confusion.

2. It is very unnerving for many young players to try and perform difficult tasks on the field on the spur of the moment when parents are yelling at them from the sidelines. Let the kids play. If they have been well coached, they should know what to do on the field. If they make a mistake, chances are they will learn from it.

3. Do not discuss the play of specific young players in front of other parents. How many times do you hear comments such as, “I don’t know how that boy made this team….” or “she’s just not fast enough…”. Too many parents act as though their child is a ‘star’, and the problem is someone else’s kid. Negative comments and attitudes are hurtful and totally unnecessary and kill parent harmony, which is often essential to youth team success.

4. Discourage such toxic behavior by listening patiently to any negative comments that might be made, then address issues in a positive way. Speak to the positive qualities of a player, family or coach.

5. Do your level best not to complain about your son or daughter’s coaches to other parents. Once that starts, it is like a disease that spreads. Before you know it, parents are talking constantly in a negative way behind a coach’s back. (As an aside, if you have what you truly feel is a legitimate beef with your child’s coach — either regarding game strategy or playing time, arrange an appointment to meet privately, away from a soccer field.)

6. Make positive comments from the sideline. Be encouraging. Young athletes do not need to be reminded constantly about their perceived errors or mistakes. Their coaches will instruct them, either during the game or at half-time, and during practices. You can often see a young player make that extra effort when they hear encouraging words from the sideline about their hustle.

7. Avoid making any negative comments about players on the other team. This should be simple: we are talking about youngsters, not adults who are being paid to play professionally. I recall being at a rep baseball game some years ago, when parent on one team loudly made comments about errors made by a particular young player on the other team. People on the other side of the diamond were stunned— and angry. Besides being tasteless and classless, these kinds of comments can be hurtful to the young person involved and to their family as well

8. Try to keep interaction with parents on the other team as healthy and positive as possible. Who’s kidding whom? You want your child’s team to win. So do they. But that should not make us take leave of our senses, especially our common sense. Be courteous ‘till it hurts; avoid the ‘it for tat’ syndrome.

9. Parents on the ‘other’ team are not the enemy. Neither are the boys or girls on the other team. We should work to check any negative feelings at the door before we hit the pitch.

10. What is the easiest thing to do in the youth sports world? Criticize the referees. Oh, there are times when calls are missed, absolutely. And that can, unfortunately, directly affect the outcome of a contest. That said, by and large those who officiate at youth soccer games are hardly over-compensated, and give it an honest — and often quite competent — effort. At worst, they at least try to be fair and objective.

11. On that note, outbursts from parents on the sideline made toward the referees only signal to our on children on the field that they can blame the refs for anything that goes wrong. Blaming others is not a formula for success in sports.

12. Yelling out comments such as “Good call, ref” or “Thanks ref” may only serve to alienate an official. The ref always assumes they made the proper call, that’s why they made it. Trying to show superficial support because the call went ‘your’ way is simply annoying to the officials, and to anyone within earshot.

13. Walking up and down all game long along the sidelines, following the play, is unnerving to players and totally unnecessary— particularly so if you are trying to yell out instructions to various players, including your own son or daughter. It is likely embarrassing to the player/players involved and simply counterproductive. If you want to coach, obtain your coaching certification and then apply for a job.

14. We all feel things and are apt to be tempted to say things in the ‘heat of the moment’. But we don’t excuse athletes for doing inappropriate things in the ‘heat of the moment’ (there are penalties, suspensions, etc.) so we should apply similar standards to our own sideline behavior. Quickly check yourself and ask: Will I be proud of what I am about to say or do when I reflect on it tomorrow?

15. The parking lot is not the time to ‘fan the flames’. Whether it is a coach’s decision, a referee’s call, a comment that was made, let it go. Don’t harass the coach, or an official, or a parent on the other team after the game is over. Go home, relax, and unwind. Talk positively with your child. The ride home is sometimes as important as the game itself. Make that time a good memory for your son or daughter by discussing as many positives as you can about him/her, her coach, her teammates, etc.



Friday, January 6
BSA Brick inside BHS Stadium

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(photo provided by Mickie Petrenko)

Saturday, December 7
Family Circle Magazine Top 10 Best Towns to Live (article) - Brunswick

Brunswick selected as one of the top 10 towns to live in 2008 in Family Circle magazine.  Please read.

http://www.familycircle.com/family-fun/money/best-family-towns/?page=3