USPSA E-newsletter for December 2011

In This Edition

President's Letter
2012 Conference Cups
Abilities Expo San Jose
In Memoriam
Upcoming Matches
 

USPSA Contacts

President
president [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Dominic Russo)

Vice President
exec-vicepresident [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Karen Russo)

Deputy Vice President
deputy-vicepresident [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Mark Jones)

East Regional Director
east-director [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Jerry Frick)

West Regional Director
west-director [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Jonathan Newman)

Treasurer
treasurer [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Nancy Mitchell)

Secretary
secretary [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Jenny Mitchell)

Head Coach, Team USA
Chrisfinn [at] powersoccerteamusa [dot] org (Chris Finn)

Webmaster
ITCommittee [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Jenny Mitchell)

 

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Abilities Expo

See us at Abilities Expos around the country all year long!

Atlanta, GA
February 17th-19th, 2012
Georgia World Congress Center 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

CLINICS & EXPOS

January 14, 2012, 1pm-5pm
San Diego Municipal Gym
2111 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: Jon Richards at jon [at] sdasf [dot] org

 

TOURNAMENTS AND MATCHES

January 21, 2012
Southeast Power Soccer League Day
Hosted by: Brooks Barracudas
Jacksonville, FL 32207

February 18-19 ,2012
DASA Power Soccer Tournament
St. Charles Community College
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
St. Peters, MO 63376

 

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Dominic Russo, USPSA PresidentPresident's Letter

Dear Members and Friends of the USPSA,

The past month has been an exciting and historic time for US Power Soccer as our National Team won a second FIPFA World Cup. The staff and members of this team are the first US Soccer team to win back-to-back World Cups! While the team suffered a loss to England - its ever first loss in competition - winning in the final game against England made it that much more satisfying. The English have a strong team and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Team USA outscored their opponents 41 - 1 over 6 games. Michael Archer was tied for high goal scorer with 9 goals and was awarded a well-deserved MVP of the World Cup.

The players were resilient throughout this entire two-year process, always keeping their eyes on the goal. I couldn't be more proud of everyone involved with this team. All who were in Paris noticed the professionalism, class, and sportsmanship displayed by this group of players and staff.

A great amount of credit must be given to Head Coach, Chris Finn and Assistant Coach, Mike Hayes in preparing this extraordinary group of players for competition. They were able to take these talented individuals and bring them together as a team. This is a task not easily done, given the geographic location of everyone. Well done.

Thank you to Mark Pratt, Mark Beron, Lemuel Calvert, and Jonathan Newman for their efforts in supporting the coaches and players in all of their roles, from travel planning and equipment repair, to finance management and knowledge of the rules. A special thank you goes out to Herb Winslow who played the role of tour director while in Paris. It is impossible to express the impact each of these individuals had on the outcome of the Cup. Thank you.

Each member of the team is recognized as a leader and role model for our sport, not only in the US, but also throughout the world. The manner in which each of them handled themselves sets the standard for all. I was honored to witness their success in becoming world champions. Congratulations to Michael Archer, JC Russo, and Omar Solario for being two-time World Cup champions!

The new season has started and teams have begun their journey towards their respective cups. We have 10 teams who have not renewed their registration this season, but we hope their situations change and that they consider continuing their involvement with the USPSA. It is only through membership support that we can continue our mission of growing teams throughout the US.

Finally, it is the time of year when we all reflect and give thanks. I would like to give thanks to the many coaches, team managers, referees, organizers, committee members, and the USPSA Board members for their volunteering spirit and passion. They help make this sport everything it is today and what it will be in the future.

I wish all of you a safe and joyful holiday season. 

Sincerely,

Dominic Russo
President


Team USA Championship Apparel Coming Soon


Team USA after winning their second consecutive world title
© Scot Goodman Photography

Team USA is the first ever US Soccer team to win back-to-back world championships! Show your pride in Team USA and help support the growth of Power Soccer with your very own official championship apparel!

A full line of apparel will be released shortly by special announcement. Celebrate this special moment in soccer history by getting your championship gear!

 


USPSA Conference Cups Have Been Announced

The USPSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce the locations and dates for the 2012 USPSA Conference Cups. The Executive Committee extends its thanks to all the bidders for their hard work in assembling their bids and their interest in providing the highest level of competition experience for all conference teams.

All Conference teams must submit a $500 non-refundable deposit to USPSA by January 1st. The $500 will be distributed to your Conference Cup host and be deducted from your team's tournament registration costs. Make checks payable to "USPSA" and mail to:

USPSA Treasurer
Nancy Mitchell
PO Box 15668
Fremont, CA 94539

Tournament hosts will send out more information to all teams in their conference as tournament dates approach. Below are the dates and locations for each conference cup tournament:

PREMIER
June 15-17, 2012
Tampa, FL

CHAMPIONS
July 13-15, 2012
Fort Wayne, IN

PRESIDENTS
June 21-23, 2012
Minneapolis, MN

FOUNDERS
June 28-30, 2012
Madison, WI

 


Send In Your Game Scoresheets

The power soccer season is in full swing! Over 60 games have already been played, and all of the validated games have been posted and standings are updated at: www.USPSATeams.org

Please remember to check valid rosters at www.USPSATeams.org/athletes and to send in your scoresheets within two weeks of the games being played.

Just a reminder that returning players and player transfers need to be completed by December 31st. New players can be added as late as March 1st to be eligible for Conference Cup play.

Thank you very much,

Jenny Mitchell
USPSA Secretary
secretary [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net 

 


USPSA at the Abilities Expo San Jose!

san jose abilities expo uspsa

 

The last Abilities Expo of 2011 was held at the McEnery Convention Center the weekend before Thanksgiving. The USPSA was there represented by Jenny Mitchell, Nancy Mitchell, Jonathan Newman, and several local players and friends.

The Abilities Expo was a great place to introduce power soccer to people all over the state, as some visitors had heard a little about the game but hadn't seen much of it, while others were brand new to the idea of a team sport for power chairs.

san jose abilities expo power soccer demo

On Saturday afternoon, members from the local San Jose Steamrollers and San Jose Rockets put on a demo in the Events Center. After about 30 minutes of warm-up and game play, volunteers fitted chairs with plastic guards so people could get a chance to participate. Several of new players even scored their first goal!

Overall, it was a very good event. Reaching out to people who haven't yet seen or played power soccer brings about a whole new level of excitement and appreciation for the sport. We look forward to talking further with all of the people that we met. Hopefully all of the Bay Area teams will gain some new players this season!

 


In Memoriam

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Alec G. Cunningham
(August 2, 1996 - October 22, 2011)

Alec Cunningham moved to Massachusetts from Michigan in August of 2011 and shortly after joined the Sudbury Sharp Shooters power soccer team. A young and aspiring defender, Alec was an enthusiastic and hardworking athlete from the get go. Alec came to practice each week with a radiant smile on his face ready to play and learn more about the game. It did not take long for Alec to realize how much he loved power soccer...he played outside of practice with friends, was the goalie on his school's TOPS soccer team, and traveled to local clinics around the state just to get more time on the court. Sadly, Alec passed away on the same day that he would have made his debut in a power soccer game.

We carry Alec's love for the sport and his zeal for life with us each time we put on our jerseys. We dedicate our season to him.

Memorial contributions can be made to:

Michigan Miracle League
19051 San Jose Blvd.
Lathrop Village, MI 48076-3323
www.michiganmiracle.org/donate.html

The Cotting School
453 Concord Ave.
Lexington, MA 02421
www.cotting.org

Camp Chatter Box
PO Box 8310
Red Bank, NJ 07701
www.campchatterbox.org  

 


DRILLS, SKILLS AND MORE

Available now! The USPSA Training DVD is now available on the USPSA Website at the League store. This instructional DVD displays various entry and mid level drills, a variety of kicks, plays, and ideas for training. This is an ideal tool for new teams and teams that have looking for some new ideas on practice drills. Thank you to ATG Rehab for underwriting this project!

BUY NOW at the USPSA League store for only $15 (price includes S & H)!
*Please contact USPSA directly for international orders

 


USPSA on YouTube

In a concerted effort to bring relevant video to people searching out information on the internet about power soccer and the USPSA, we are introducing a You-Tube page specific to the USPSA.

If you have power soccer videos (games, clinics, etc.) that you have taken at a recent USPSA event, or you are interested in video taping upcoming events and helping with this project, please contact Tony Jackson at: azpowersoccer [at] gmail [dot] com