Help Us Secure Our "Forever Home!"

The Jonathan Alder Soccer Association (JASA) leased land for many years to provide a place for youth soccer.  Once that land came up for sale JASA was not in a position to purchase it. Now 300+ pre-school through 8th grade soccer players are losing their fields and have no permanent location to play.

JASA is a 501c3, not for profit organization with no paid employees whose goal is to provide affordable soccer for all kids in Plain City, Ohio and the surrounding communities. During the last 10 years JASA has averaged 350 children per season with two seasons a year. We've been in existence for 20 years and are a recreational league welcoming all children that want to play and learn the game of soccer.

Since losing our fields we have had to lease other land in order for our kids to play which has become cost prohibitive. We are looking to develop 20 acres for soccer fields and need to raise the money to continue the existence of our organization. The JASA organization has identified several properties of interest to purchase and develop. To purchase and develop a property would cost an estimated $15,000 per acre. Our goal is to raise $300,000 to help us get started with this project.

Please consider a donation toward this effort to establish a long term solution for the fitness and well being of children in need of a place to play. As a 501c3 orgainization, all donations are tax deductible.

How do you Donate?  One or both of these ways!  We have and continue to take donations through Paypal at the Link on the right but you can also contribute to our Crowdrise Fundraiser that was featured on our story with ABC 6 On Your Side Story!  Both links are located at the Right

Thank you in advance for your support!

News

Added Sign-Up Session

Good News Families! We have added one more Sign-Up Session for those that may have not had a chance to get out to one of our other sessions!

Here it is, One more chance to register your children for Spring Soccer.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
This session will be held at the Plain City Public Library Community Room!

We hope to see everyone there.

HAPPY NEW YEAR - Spring 2017 Information!

Greetings and Happy New Year!

On behalf of the entire JASA board, I want to wish you and your family all the best in the upcoming year. We wish to thank all of you for your continued support over the years, especially these past few as we have dealt with our field issues. Spring registration is just around the corner, the registration times and dates are listed below at the end of this letter. As we announced a few weeks ago we have secured an 11 year lease on new fields located at the old driving range off of 161 - just west of Plain City. These fields will allow us to bring all of our age divisions together again at one location.

Also, new for the Spring is a format change in how we organize the players. Age groups will stay the same but the Mini, Cub and Jr divisions will have an academy style format.  This is a change that we have researched - we have studied other rec leagues from around the country that are similar in size and situation as JASA. We have also looked to the US soccer guidelines to come up with what we feel will be an important improvement for our JASA players.

For more information on this please see the attached information sheet or come to one of our upcoming informational sessions on the dates below. 

JASA continues to need your help, volunteers are still needed for coaching, various committees and general support. Look for future emails and announcements to see if there might be some way that you can help us.

JASA's goal continues to be to provide a quality, family affordable fun soccer league for our area children. Our focus will be to provide equal, quality training to the players so that they may develop solid soccer skills while haveing fun learning the game of soccer.

In closing, I want to impart to you the importance that I place on good communications. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the board through the website email, or comments on our FB page.

Hope to see you all at one of the informational sessions or spring registrations.

Sincerely 
Sean P Magginis
JASA President

Spring Season Registration Dates and Info Sessions
All Sessions will take place at the Plain City Public Library

Information and Q&A Sessions
Thursday, January 19 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm 
Saturday, January 21 from 3:00 to 5:30 pm

Spring Registration
Thursday, January 26 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Saturday, January 28 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 9 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Saturday, February 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

JASA ACADEMY STYLE EXPLANATION LETTER

 

IMPORTANT JASA NEWS - PLEASE READ!

Dear Friends of JASA,

It is with great excitement that the JASA board is thrilled to finally announce that we have a new home.  After many months of hard work and negotiations, we are pleased to inform our members that we have secured a permanent site for ALL of our players in one location.  As you know, since our fields were sold by Dutch Corporation, we have been splitting our teams between multiple locations in order to give them all the opportunity to play.  With our new location, we no longer have to split our teams into separate facilities.  We no longer have to worry about disgruntled home owners or uncooperative township trustees.   Beginning this spring, all of our teams will be playing at our new site located just west of Plain City at 14200 State Route 161, Plain City; in the Township of Darby, Union County which is the former driving range.  JASA has secured a long term lease with option of purchasing the property in the future.  

We want to thank Dr. Lowrey, the land owner for giving us this opportunity.  We would also like to acknowledge and thank the Darby Township trustees for their cooperation and blessing in allowing us to move our operations to this new site with no restrictions.    Of course this opportunity brings with it some challenges, the least of which is the physical moving of equipment; i.e. sheds, goals, etc.  Please stay tuned for future notices because this move will take everyone’s help.  We will need flatbed trailers, but more importantly people.  Also know that sign ups for the spring season will begin in January so please watch our website and facebook page for updates on exact dates and locations.  Further information will be forthcoming very soon regarding the new JASA board officers, sign ups, the move and season dates.   We would like to thank Mr. Roger Seeley for allowing us to use his property this past season.   While we were not able to make this location our permanent home, his generosity and sense of community were truly appreciated.   Thanks also go to OP for leasing back to us some space on our former fields to keep our players playing in the vicinity.    

On a more personal note, it is with some sadness, but much pride that Lynnette and I are announcing our retirement from JASA.  After 20 years of starting and running this league it is time for us to step aside and turn the reins over to others.   We have an excellent board in place who will continue to run JASA; and we will continue to consult with the board for some time while things are transitioning.   We would like to personally thank the board for all their hard work, especially during the past year and a half.  This has truly been a labor of love for us and we will miss the daily interactions with all the wonderful families of this organization.  Most of all we will miss seeing the smiles of all the kids who play soccer for JASA.  It is a great source of pride to see how much this organization has grown and how many JASA players have come through our ranks.   

We thank all the families who have participated in this league over these 20 years.  We have made lifelong friends and met countless wonderful families.    We thank you all for your dedication to JASA and your support of our efforts, and we look forward to seeing JASA succeed even further at this new home.  

Thank you very much!!

Tom and Lynnette Bichsel

 

Special Notice

Good Evening JASA Families!

 

As JASA enters its final weeks for this fall season, we have some items to review.  First, please see the letter below from the JASA Board of Directors explaining the field situation and the reasons for some restrictions that we have asked everyone to follow. 

With that being said, the remaining 2 Saturdays, 10/22 and 10/29, we will ask that everyone use the black topped driveway and park in the grass area immediately adjacent to the fields (inside the old track); the cable gate will be open.   Football is having a tournament in the stadium and the parking lot will be full, so we are asking all soccer families to park back by the soccer fields.  This will also facilitate a better way to count cars involved with JASA which is a requirement of the township trustees in order to work toward making these fields our permanent home.  

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Dear JASA Families:

We have had a wonderful opportunity to utilize our current JASA soccer fields adjacent to the Junior High!  As we continue working with Canaan Township to make this a possible long-term home for JASA, the Trustees and a few nearby residents have raised concerns which we are confident we can fix -- but we need your help. Here's what you can do at every practice and each remaining game day:

1. Do not use neighboring residents' driveways as a turnaround. We have asked you not to use the chunked blacktop lane as a drop-off site. Why? Because the only way back to 42 is to use the private driveway of a neighboring resident as a turnaround -- and they are complaining. If multiple strangers were pulling in and out of your driveway each weeknight, you might be annoyed as well. These residents have already expressed their concern to JASA and to the Township trustees (who can vote against our future use of this land).

2. Please Plan ahead. The Junior High parking lot is what we have for the time being, and we know it isn't convenient. If we cooperate, abide by these guidelines, and respect our neighbors' private residences, we can have a better solution for everyone. If we all plan ahead in a timely fashion, the available parking lot should be more than sufficient for our needs.

3. Please continue to respect the neighboring residents' property by ensuring all empty water bottles and other trash items are disposed of properly in the trash cans provided at the fields. The wind does not respect property lines and we don't want any of our trash to end up in the neighbor's yards or clogging up any storm drains.

In closing, please help ensure JASA's future and refrain from using neighboring private driveways as a turnaround. It will impede our access to this land in the future -- but we can correct this now! Remember, this is only the current inconvenient situation with a great solution for all within our reach. Thank you for your help and support of your community's only youth soccer organization!

Sincerely,

JASA Board of Directors

Tom Bichsel, Chris Moore, Lynnette Bichsel, Jim McLain, Andy Kellett, Sean Magginis, Heidi Kellett, Sam Dean, Justin Hamill

Sign-Up Reminder

REMINDER - FALL SIGN UPS
Sign up for the fall season at the Plain City Library on the following dates.  
 
July 6th and 13th (Wednesdays) - 5:30PM - 8:30PM
July 9th and 16th (Saturdays) - 10am - 2PM
 
 
JASA is also holding a skills day on Saturday, July 9. Each age category will get an hour of soccer skills training. 
There is no cost and everyone is invited - you do not have to be registered for JASA soccer. The skills day will be held at Bichsel Field 
on US 42.
Kicker (4) & Mini (5&6): 8:00-9:00am
Cub (7&8) & Junior (9-11): 9:30-10:30am
Senior (11-13): 11:00am-12:00pm
Bring a soccer ball and shin guards (and soccer cleats if you have them)
 
 
Finally, don't forget to sign up for the JA Soccer Camp.  Follow the link for all information and to register. 

Registration Form and More Information - Here!