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  • 23 May 2022 15:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please click HERE to register your attendance at the Family Funday on June 12, from 12:00-16:00 at the International School of Brussels.   Admission is free!  Food, drinks and raffle tickets will be sold onsite. 

  • 29 April 2022 13:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    It's been a long time and we are very excited to get back on the field!  All registered players should arrive by 10am at the International School of Brussels (Kattenberg 19, 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort).

    The revised training schedule is as follows (*additional training times may be added!):

    Sundays:  10:00 - 12:00

    Thursdays (May 19, June 2, June 16): 18:30-19:30

  • 22 March 2022 11:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    BSA Spring Sports start after the spring holidays. We are thrilled with the line-up we have for baseball, lacrosse and soccer this season. All sports registration pages and program details are available here. Contact us with questions.

    Quick Facts

    Soccer 

    Starts April 27

    Open to boys and girls ages 4-12

    All skill levels welcome

    Baseball

    Starts May 1

    Open to boys and girls ages 6-13

    All skill levels welcome

    Lacrosse Academy

    Starts May 8

    Open to boys and girls ages 9-16

    All skill levels welcome

    Led by experienced coaches, designed to help players get to the next level 


  • 15 March 2022 14:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The BSA is pleased to welcome our new Basketball Director Dan Campbell! Dan has supported BSA Basketball as a U13 coach and we are thrilled to welcome him to this leadership role! Read more about Dan below. 

    About Dan Campbell

    Although Dan has lived all over Canada including both coasts, he has never lived overseas and so in late November 2020, he left a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry to join his wife on this, their first posting, to Brussels.

    They have two young children who attend ISB which is how Dan came to BSA and eventually along with 2 other coaches oversaw the U13 team last year.

    Dan was immediately taken with the philosophy of BSA and guiding principle that BSA could serve as a bridge for kids living in Brussels and that the goal should be learning through fun and structure with an emphasis on teamwork and respect.

    He hopes to carry on the great tradition of BSA and working with new Director Lizette Subach, grow the basketball program post Covid to reach as many families as possible!

    Dan played basketball for over 15 years but prefers fairways over running the lanes on a fast break these days! He’s genuinely excited and honored to be a part of the BSA team.


  • 25 February 2022 11:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The BSA leadership team is growing! We are thrilled to introduce our new Communications Director - David French. David is joining the BSA Board of Directors in a limited role throughout the Spring 2022 season as he completes some major professional projects. We look forward to David fully onboarding with the BSA in Summer 2022. 

    Be sure to congratulate David and welcome him when you see him on the soccer pitch on Sundays. He's always on the sidelines - cheering on our U6s and his son who has joined BSA sports for the past two seasons.

    About David French

    A seasoned communication professional with over 20 years of experience, David kicked off his career off in his birth city London in the not-for-profit sector working with homeless young people, as well as launching a fundraising charity holding music events. He then spent several years working in the communications agency world, consulting an array of clients from the London Olympics to major infrastructure and energy projects. His love of travel and Europe next took him to Berlin, where he was a leading consultant on pan-European campaigns for clients including the European Commission. 

    In 2012, he followed his passion for European affairs, moving to Brussels where he initially continued to working in the private sector before entering the EU institutions as a Senior Press Officer. From 2015-2020, he was the Communication Advisor to the President of the EU's Committee of the Regions, leading strategic communications serving under two President's. Since 2020, he has been a member of Cabinet of the Committee's President, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, where he continues to support communications, whilst leading for energy, climate and environmental policy.  

    David has a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Leeds as well as an MSc from the London School of Economics.

    A passionate sports lover and football fanatic, David is a lifelong suffering Charlton Athletic and England fan.   

    He lives in Brussels devoted to his wife and two young spirited boys. 

    Are you interested in joining the dynamic, engaging, and fun BSA Leadership team? Learn more and review current openings here.  

  • 18 February 2022 11:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The BSA is pleased to announce that Lizette Subach will be joining the BSA as the Managing Director this spring! Lizette will begin training with BSA's current Managing Director, Jodi Harris, in March and come fully on board in April for BSA's Spring Season!

    We are thrilled to be sharing a bit more about Lizette and are grateful for our community for showing her a warm and inviting BSA welcome!

    About Lizette Subach

    Lizette moved to Belgium in the summer of 2021 with her husband and two children who currently attend ISB.  They are originally from New York, but have also called New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vienna (Austria) home.   

    Lizette holds a BA in Communications from the University of Scranton, and later obtained her MA in Health Education from Teachers College at Columbia University while working in their physical education department. Lizette's career has been focused on health education & promotion, personal/group fitness, and most recently in recreation and community programming. She is certified as a health education specialist by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and also has certifications in fitness and wellness coaching. As a runner and former volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, she feels very grateful to live so close to the beautiful Sonian Forest where the running trails are endless!  

    Lizette is excited to join the BSA family and support their commitment to offer our international community a youth sports program that is inclusive and supportive, yet stimulating and challenging.  It is her hope that all children participating in BSA programs will develop lifelong healthy habits and an appreciation for incorporating physical activity into their daily lives.  

  • 29 December 2021 11:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The BSA is thrilled to be starting Winter Soccer and our BSA/BBA Winter Baseball Academy in January. Even in cold weather - it is important for children to move their bodies. Doing so is an important element of both physical and mental health. 

    However, BSA parents often have questions about playing in cold weather. Is it safe? When is it too cold? How can I keep my child warm and healthy when temperatures drop?  

    That's why BSA Managing Director, Jodi Harris, sat down over email with ISB Raiders Athletic Trainer, Jared Maisel. We are thrilled to get his insights on what parents, coaches, and players should keep in mind during the winter months.

    We are so grateful to Jared for taking the time to speak with us and we hope you find his insights helpful.

    Is it okay to play in the cold? 

    Yes, generally speaking it is safe to participate in sports during cold weather. However, there are some considerations that may be necessary, especially if the participant has an underlying health condition (like asthma or cardiovascular disorders). 

    In fact, environmental conditions are one of the reasons why young athletes should see their doctor annually for a physical before joining in sports. So, one of the first recommendations is to seek evaluation by your family physician to ensure safe sports participation on an annual basis, especially if your child has a pre-existing health condition. 

    Moreover, please consult with your doctor if your child develops any issues that could be cold-weather related - like difficulty breathing, abnormal skin conditions or severe extremity pain.

    What can be done to keep arms, legs, feet, and hands warm to reduce the chance of injury? 

    You may have heard people say, "There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." While the research is mixed on whether cold weather causes illnesses like cold/flu, some conditions like frostnip, frostbite, chilblain, urticaria, and hypothermia may develop in cold weather.

    To reduce the chances of developing cold weather health conditions, players should be prepared with layers of clothing. As they warm up and clothes become sweaty, athletes can remove excess layers of clothing. This can help prevent hypothermia and frostbite. Waterproof shells for rainy conditions are also recommended to prevent saturation from rain, snow or sweat. 

    Furthermore, consider warm coverings for the head as it is one of the the main areas for heat loss. Players should be prepared with high quality socks and gloves to protect the extremities as these are the first sites for frostnip/bite.

    What should players do beforehand to warm up and prepare for outdoor play - i.e. to reduce the chance of injury? 

    It is a good idea to start warming up before arrival to practice/event. When possible, consider warming up indoors, at home. If that’s not possible, warming up at the practice site for 10-20 minutes with dynamic movements will make it more comfortable for the body to transition into the cold.

    What should athletes do after playing in cold weather? 

    Stay hydrated! Many athletes mistakenly do not consume enough water during cold weather training. They may have the perception of decreased need for hydration during cold weather activities; however, this is not the case. Even in cold weather - athletes need to drink enough water. 

    Moreover, in cold weather, our bodies need to work harder to maintain normal core body temperature - potentially increasing our nutritional demands. Athletes should eat a healthy snack within a 20-minute window following training, and then a more complete meal within a couple hours afterwards. 

    Furthermore, after training, athletes should cool down with static stretching and/or foam rollers. Foam rolling is one of my first recommendations to young athletes to improve recovery and reduce injury from tightnesses. If your family does not have a foam roller, I would recommend acquiring and educating young athletes on how to properly utilize them.

    When is it "too cold" to play?

    We are fortunate in Belgium to have fairly mild winters and to be at low altitude compared to other regions. However, in the winter months the wind chill temperature (WCT) should be monitored for sports participation. The wind chill temperature can make even a relatively mild winter day feel much colder.

    According to the NATA Position Statement on Environmental Cold Injuries participation should be modified in the follow WCT conditions:  

    • -1.11°C WCT=  Be aware of the potential for cold injury and notify appropriate personnel of the potential.
    • -3.89°C WCT =  Provide additional protective clothing, cover as much exposed skin as practical, and provide opportunities and facilities for rewarming
    • -9.44°C WCT =  Consider modifying activity to limit exposure or to allow more frequent chances to rewarm.
    • -17.78°C WCT = Consider terminating or rescheduling activity.

    Parents and BSA coaches can keep these recommendations in mind when making decisions about whether or not to modify or cancel a scheduled activity.

    What other considerations should parents, players, and coaches keep in mind during cold weather play?

    Another concern in cold weather athletics is the field/surface condition during the winter season. Artificial surfaces become more slick and freezing temperatures may develop icy spots. 

    Athletes should be prepared with appropriate footwear in sizing, material and spike size/type. Shoe wear is an important consideration. Cleats should be in good condition and generally replaced every season (depending on usage). Parents should check the sizing and cleat condition and also check that the players shoes are appropriately laced and tied.

    Coaches may adjust their practice planning by selecting appropriate drills and work:rest ratios for the environmental conditions. Furthermore, coaches should focus on and encourage fundamentals like participants' athletic stance, lowering their center of gravity, and chopping their feet to maintain a short stride length. 

    We look forward to seeing you all this winter! Register your child for Winter Soccer or the BSA/BBA Winter Baseball Academy here.

  • 10 December 2021 13:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BSA/BBA Winter Baseball Academy Registration is Now Open!

    At long last! Covid has been throwing the BSA and our partners at the Brussels Baseball Association, lots of curve balls these last few weeks. But, we are now thrilled to be sharing registration information for the BSA/BBA Winter Baseball Academy. 

    Important Information on Pre-Registration

    We fully expect the Academy to move forward as planned, however, due to the ongoing unpredictability of the Covid-19 situation, we are opening registration in a pre-registration format. We ask that you register your child to reserve your spot, but please choose "INVOICE ME" on the payment screen. You will then receive an email before the Academy start date with information on how to make your payment. We hope this will cut down on administrative processing in the unfortunate event that we have to cancel.

    Quick Facts

    • The BSA partners with the Brussels Baseball Association to contract with stellar, experienced baseball players to serve as coaches in the Academy.
    • One of our most popular programs, the Academy is designed to give players a high quality training and serve as a "quick start" to the Baseball season - whether they continue on with the BSA, their school team, or a local club.
    • All training sessions will take place at our partner school, the International School of Brussels. Due to the Covid situation and potential restrictions on indoor play, the clinic will take place outdoors. Any opportunities to move inside in the event of bad weather will be communicated to families on a case-by-case basis during the season.
    • The Baseball Academy is open to boys and girls of all skill levels. Assessments on Opening Day and the information you provide in your registration form will support coaches in creating a balanced training structure and groupings.
    • Players will be provided a uniform shirt and baseball cap. A non-refundable €30 uniform fee will be applied. Players should bring their own baseball glove. Bats are provided, but players are also welcome to bring their own bat.
    • Opening Day for both U13 and U18: Thursday, January 27. 
    • U13 Regular Training Days and Times: Sundays, 10:30 - 12:00 (dates on registration page). Register here.
    • U18 Regular Training Days and Times: Sundays, 12:00 - 13:30 (dates on registration page). Register here.

    We look forward to seeing you on the field!

    Questions? 

    Please email BSA Managing Director, Jodi Harris or BSA Baseball Director, Sandy Grant, with any questions.


  • 29 November 2021 12:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The BSA's current Managing Director, Jodi Harris, will be moving in the Summer 2022. Due to the dynamic nature of the position and the cycle of BSA sporting events, we are beginning the search process as of December 1, 2021. The incoming candidate will begin April 1, 2022.

    The BSA Managing Director is a fun, dynamic and engaging, part-time, salaried position. We are looking for candidates who:

    • Believe in the BSA mission to connect families, inspire and develop player potential, and cultivate a passion for sports across the international community of Brussels.
    • Can work independently with a high degree of professionalism and integrity.
    • Have a solid administrative and technical skills.
    • Are comfortable in positions of leadership.
    • Are capable balancing competing priorities across stakeholder communities.
    • Are highly organized.
    • Have exceptional written and verbal communication skills in English.
    • Have a minimum of 5 years' non-profit and/or program management experience.
    • Are positive, solution-oriented, and adept of problem solving.
    • Are legally authorized to work in Belgium.

    Review the complete position description and requirements here.

    Hiring Timeline:

    • Application submissions: Dec. 1 - Jan. 17
    • Interviews: Feb. 1 - 15
    • Selected Candidate Notified: Feb. 21 - 25
    • Training (approx. 5 hours/week): March 7-31
    • Start of Contract: April 1, 2022

    To Apply:

    Please submit your resume or CV, with a cover letter and list of 3 references no later than January 17, 2022 to BSA Board President, Jamie Martino, with the subject line "BSA Managing Director Application." 

  • 11 November 2021 16:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    EU Covid Safe Ticket (CST) Required for BSA Events at ISB This Winter

    We are so excited to return to our partner school the International School of Brussels (ISB) for our winter season. Basketball registration is already underway.  We are currently finalizing details with the ISB Athletics Department for the start of Winter Soccer and the BSA/BBA Winter Baseball Academy for January 2022.

    The BSA and ISB remain deeply committed to creating a safe return to sports for our players, volunteers and their families. In line with guidelines from the local authorities - all visitors to the ISB campus (parents, coaches, and volunteers) will be required to present a Covid Safe Ticket (CST) when accessing the ISB campus. We will be sharing more details as we get closer to the start of the sports seasons. However, please do not hesitate to contact us with questions in the meantime. 

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