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Coaches: By Ohio Law, ALL coaches are REQUIRED to fill out the Risk Management application, complete the Concussion Training and Lindsay's Law training. 

This is to protect our youth, you as the coach, and our League.  Links for each of these are included in the coaches registration or can be accessed below.



OSYSA Risk Management Application

All coaches/volunteers are required to fill out this application.
Click on Risk Management button above to be redirected to the OSYSA Stack Sports System.  


Concussion Training

All coaches must complete the concussion training.  This is a "free" course.  You can access it above or through the Stack Sports registration.  ALL COACHES MUST UPLOAD THEIR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION in the Stack Sports system.


Lindsay's Law

If you are a coach in a community program, please use the following resources:


OSYSA Coaching Certification Classes

If interested in certification, please take the time to visit these sites and fill out the forms required!
This is a helpful website to register for coaching certification. 
Submit your receipt to the board upon completion of the course and all coaches will be reimbursed.


The Big Walnut Soccer Association wishes to thank all of you who have been brave enough to 
accept the title of COACH. The success or failure of our program and the quality of the 
experience for each player is largely dependent on you--the coach. We want to help you in 
any way we can as your success is our success. We have listed below some of the rules and 
responsibilities you are accepting by becoming a coach in the Big Walnut Soccer Association, 
as well as, some general guidelines, helpful hints and information.

To All BWSA Coaches

1)   Please do not confront or question the referees. If you have an issue with a referee,
please contact your division representative with the date and time of your game and the 
nature of your concern. The division representative will make sure that the issue is
addressed with the head of officiating. Remember, the players and their parents will
follow your lead and can turn a situation into an ugly one very quickly.
2)   Please ask your parents to not park along side the road on Miller-Paul Road.
We realize that parking is rather tight during peak times, but parking in the street
could result in injuries.
3)  Remember to limit the use of the playing fields to scheduled games and scrimmages
with other teams. We are trying to make sure that the fields last the entire season and
constant use will turn them to a mud pit if and when we get rain.
Thank you for your continued efforts to make this a great season and for volunteering
with BWSA. Please contact your division representative with any questions.


The BWSA Executive Board shall have the final approval over the qualifications, acceptance
and assignment of all coaches, assistant coaches and officials. Any additions or changes to the 
coaching staff must meet with board approval. The BWSA Board has the exclusive right to 
authorize or terminate at will, with or without cause, an individual's participation with the 


1)      The head coach of a team must be at least 18 years of age.
2)      All coaches must agree to abide by the rules, regulations, Code of Conduct, and
constitution adopted by the BWSA executive board.
3)      All coaches must show good sportsmanship during all BWSA games whether as a 
coach, official, or spectator.
4)      A coach may not add or delete players from a team, and they may not have 
substitute players from other teams without prior board approval.
5)      All coaches must consider the interest and welfare of each player. You must agree to 
follow the guidelines discussed in the sections concerning Letting Up, Equal Play, and 
Rotating Positions whenever possible and to the best of your ability.

Rule Knowledge

All coaches and Assistant Coaches are to be familiar with the rules and procedures 
contained herein, as well as the general laws of soccer.


1.) All coaches and/or assistant coaches (or a representative), are to attend the 
Mandatory Coaches meeting held prior to each season. At this meeting you will receive 
your roster and game jerseys if available.
2.) The Head Coach should contact all players BY the specified date given by BWSA at 
the coaches meeting. We recommend that you have a team meeting prior to (or along 
with) your first practice to meet each of the players and their parents. Information given 
at that time should include:
a)      Parking areas at Souders
     b)     Short and sock colors desired (participation of this is optional). Review jersey policy.
     c)     Soccer ball size recommended for their age group.
     d)     No player will be permitted to participate in a practice or a game without proper shin guards.
     e)     Practice schedule and snack schedule including the removal of trash after snacks.
     f)     Coaches expectations, Code of conduct, spectator areas during a game.
     g)     Review volunteer linesmen responsibilities, if applicable.
     h)     Distribute game schedule, newsletter, fund raising information, etc.
     i)      Elect a team parent representative.
3.) The coach should inform the BWSA office ASAP if a player quits or if they need additional players.

In Season

1.) The coach is to keep parents informed of any schedule changes or league 
2.) The coach and assistant must be aware of your team's field marking schedule and 
equipment responsibilities- including pick up, set-up and return duties.
3.) Each coach is responsible for picking up the team awards from the designated awards 
committee volunteer and for distributing them to your team members.

Pre-game and Post-game Procedures

1.) All coaches are required to assist in the preparation and securing of the playing fields. 
The coaches from the earliest scheduled game should put up the nets and corner flags on 
your playing field. The coaches from the last scheduled game will take down the nets and 
corner flags. (See Miscellaneous Policies- Equipment Section for responsibilities of pick-
up and return.)
2.) Each coach should walk their playing field to ensure the fields are free of debris and 
safe to use. If any equipment is broken or missing or if the field is in need of repair, 
please notify a board member that day.
3.) The coach is to discuss with the referee before the game the following:
ball size used; length of quarters or halves; maximum number of players permitted on the field, off-side ruling, etc.
4.) Every coach will be responsible for seeing that any trash left behind by your team is 
picked up and thrown away! This includes both after your practices and after your games. 
Any personal belongings forgotten at the field should be placed in the lost and found if 
you cannot determine the owner.


1.) The coaches (up to a maximum of three coaches per team) and the players of 
each team will be positioned on one side of the field and are limited to the area between 
the half-line and the 18 yard line (penalty box). All spectators are to remain on the 
opposite side of the field at least 5 ft. behind the touch line. No one, either coach, 
spectator or player is allowed by the goal areas during a game.
2.) No coach or other person is to enter the field of play during the game without the 
referee's permission. The only exception to this rule is in the TT - U6 
divisions. One coach from each team will be allowed on the field to direct their 
players. However, the coach will not be allowed between the penalty box and the 
goal line on either side of the field.


1.) PATIENCE!!! NEVER argue with a referee, especially a Youth Ref. Keep in mind this 
is just a game and an unfavorable call is not the end of "Pele's" soccer career. But, 
yelling at a ref could be the end of your coaching career! A head coach or an official 
assistant coach, and ONLY those individuals, may discuss with the official(s) a rule 
interpretation at either the half-time interval or after the game has concluded. This 
discussion must be done with dignity, sincerity and in a proper and calm demeanor. 
Remember, a referee is not required to discuss his/her call with any other individual. If 
the referee cannot explain his call to your satisfaction, take your question/complaint to 
the Referee Committee.
2.) We expect our coaches to demonstrate responsible behavior at all times during 
practices and games. Teach our children by example, to show respect to our fellow 
players, coaches and referees. Please keep winning in perspective. Your goal should not 
be to have the best record in BWSA, but to help our children have fun so that they will 
want to return with us the next season.
3.) If any coach receives a red card, they will be required to meet with the Investigative 
Committee to discuss the situation. Upon recommendation from the Investigative 
Committee, the Board will decide if the coach will be permitted to coach in the next 
subsequent game. Also, keep in mind that as coach you may be held responsible for the 
behavior of your assistant coach and your team's spectators. (See Breach of the Code of 
Conduct for further details.)
4.) The use of tobacco products and/or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is 
strictly prohibited for both the players and coaches during practices or games associated 
with BWSA.