Brunswick Soccer Association: My Site News

Thursday, February 6
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Tuesday, August 5
New location for Frontline - Uniforms
Frontline Soccer Shop
23812 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, Ohio 44070

Wednesday, July 10
Junior Kickers (ages 6-8) Fall Soccer Program

Register Now for Brunswick Soccer Academy                                         

Recreational Division of Brunswick Travel Soccer

JUNIOR KICKERS (Players Ages 6-8) Fall Soccer Program 

Led by licensed and experienced coaches, Junior Kickers Soccer prepares players for Travel and Club Soccer opportunities through game-play and fun, fast-track activities.

Who: Players ages 6-8 that have a birth date that falls within December 1, 2005 to November 31, 2008.

When: The summer session will run for 8 consecutive weeks beginning on Saturday, September 6th.

Session Format: Each Saturday 1.5 hour session consists of 50-60 minutes of game oriented activities followed by a 30-40 minute 4v4 game where kids can demonstrate what they have learned.  Two sessions: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM OR 10:30 AM to 12 noon; time depending on number of attendees.

Where:   Edwards Middle School, 1497 Pearl Road, Brunswick   

Cost:  Each Session is $55/player with a one time or as needed jersey (2 jerseys) fee of $10. No jersey fee due for returning players that have shirts from Junior Kickers Spring 2014 session. Checks are payable to Brunswick Soccer Association or BSA.

To Register: Mail registration fee, registration form and a copy of child's birth certificate to BSA, PO Box 1248. Brunswick, OH 44212. See attachments for registration form. Make checks payable to Brunswick Soccer Association or BSA. Please submit one form for each player.

Registration Deadline: Registration attached to this email postmarked by Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Contact: Joe Neff at or Jeff Petrenko at OR visit for details or registration form.

Looking forward to seeing your player this fall!

Kickers Soccer: Great exercise, great fun, great friends = Great Experience!

Joe Neff
Brunswick High School
Mathematics Teacher
Boys Soccer Senior Assistant Varsity Coach

Wednesday, April 30
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 out the Tournament Tab on the left side of this website for more details.


Monday, June 16
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 Joe Neff at or Jeff Petrenko at

Monday, July 7
2014 Fall / 2015 Parents Agreement
Download pdf for the 2014 Fall / 2015 Spring Parents' Agreement with Brunswick Soccer Travel.
Handout: 2014 Fall / 2015 Parents Agreement

Sunday, May 25
2014/2015 Director of Coaching & BSA VP/Rec Director
Brunswick Logo

The Brunswick Soccer Association appreciates the hard work and dedicated effort by our current Director of Coaching Tim Shearer for many years of devoted service to our community and the game of youth soccer here in Brunswick who has decided to step down after this Spring soccer season.  BSA welcomes Scott Ward and Ben Dotson to be our future DOC's for both our travel and recreational youth soccer programs.

 Also, the Brunswick Soccer Association thanks Pam Menick for her time with BSA in being instrumental in launching our youth recreational soccer program.  We welcome Joe Neff to BSA as our new Vice President and Recreational Director.  Thanks Pam for your dedication and devotion to the Brunswick, the community, the game of soccer and our youth.  Joe, welcome to BSA. 

Monday, June 16
Contact Information for Questions regarding Travel Soccer

Any general questions regarding our local travel soccer program, please contact Jeff Petrenko @

Any questions regarding coaching, tryouts, skill development (training), etc., please contact Ben Dotson at regarding the boys or Scott Ward at regarding the girls.

Sunday, May 25
2014/2015 Tryout Update
Thank you for attending the Brunswick Soccer Association try-outs. It was great meeting everyone and being able to see the soccer development through the different age groups. We expect emails about team placement to be sent the week ending June 21st. For those of you that could not attend the try-outs due to other commitments, please contact Ben or Scott listed below.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
                                Director of Coaching                                          Director of Coaching
                                Boys Program                                                    Girls Program
                                Ben Dotson                                                        Scott Ward

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

Handout: 2014 Lynn Gillespie Scholarship

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.


Thursday, March 29
Severe Weather - Article

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

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

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
(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.