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March 12th, 2014
Announcements

Dear Power Soccer Community,

The United States Power Soccer Association and the 2007 and 2011 World Cup Champion US National Power Soccer Teams would appreciate your support of our grassroots campaign to grow awareness about power soccer and Honor the World Cup Champions at the White House. Please spread the word about the campaign through social media and e-mail with all your contacts THIS WEDNESDAY March 12.

We want to coordinate a joint message from everyone we know on the same day to increase our reach. Please encourage your contacts to share the campaign. Here are three ways to support the campaign.

1. Click on this link to join the campaign:
https://www.change.org/petitions/the-white-house-honor-the-us-power-wheelchair-soccer-team-at-the-white-house-for-their-two-world-cup-titles
2. Click on this link to help us reach The White House, Mrs. Obama and the President on Twitter:
http://sendaathletics.com/uspowersoccer/

3. Click on this link to our Facebook fan page to like, share, communicate and connect:
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February 23rd, 2014
Local News

Name: Andrew Gaiefski
Team: Tampa Thunder
Years Playing Power Soccer: 5
Joined USPSA: 2009

What got you interested in power soccer?
I had back surgery for my scoliosis and my surgeon asked me if I have ever heard of power soccer. They told me all about it and I thought it was amazing and it would let me do something fun. The first time I tried power soccer I knew that I wanted play right away.  I have been with the Tampa Thunder for five years now and plan to play power soccer for a long time.

What has power soccer done for you?
Power soccer has let me do things I never thought I could do before. I've traveled to many different places and met new people. I used to be really shy and had stage fright but ever since I have started playing power soccer I have broken my barrier of being shy.

What is your favorite thing about playing power soccer?
My favorite thing about playing power soccer is that it gives me something to do instead of playing video games all day. It's really intense and competitive and at all the big tournaments...

February 9th, 2014
Local News

What is your official position within the USPSA?

My official title is Midwest Regional Referee Coordinator. That puts me in charge of recruitment, training and retention of referees in the Midwest. So at this point, I ref, I teach and I assess. The regional coordinator position is relatively new, so we are still sorting out exactly what and how are jobs are to be performed. I also serve as Supervisor of Referees for the Mid America Power Soccer League.

How long have you been refereeing power soccer mayhem? How did you first get introduced to the sport?

I took my referee class in April of 2009. Chris Mulholland came to Indiana and taught the class.

A friend and fellow referee, Dave Macy, got a notification of the class from another fellow referee Tony Asoera. We had discussed it and said we were not gonna go. On Thursday, I called Dave and we were talking and neither of us had anything going on Saturday. We decided what the heck, let’s go down and see what this power soccer thing is all about. We did and we both fell in love with it.

You also referee other forms of soccer, correct? How would...

February 1st, 2014
Local News

Name: Ian Kinmont
Team: BORP Crushers
Years Playing Power Soccer: 8 years 
Joined USPSA: 2006

How did you hear about power soccer?

I head about power soccer from one of my father’s art students. I was 14 years old at the time, and I didn’t want to try it, but my parents made me. I didn’t think of myself as a sports person.  Then I started playing, and I started to like it, and I’ve been playing ever since.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?

I enjoy representing my team and making people proud.  I think our team has really improved over time because we work hard and practice together, and it’s great to be able to use new plays we’ve practiced during soccer games.  I also like to travel to other states for tournaments and meet new players. 

What do you do for a living?

I am a student at the Santa Rosa Junior College where I am studying Art History. While there I started a Power Soccer Club and it gives me a chance to recruit new players and get them interested...

February 1st, 2014
Announcements

Team USA will be traveling to Brazil for the first ever COPA Americas National Team competition. The team will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro for the competition scheduled for May 2 - May 4.

Please join me in congratulating the selected players here below.

Ben Carpenter
Lexi Heer
Ed McGuire
Kevin Mulholland
J C Russo
Natalie Russo

Good luck to all of you and Go Team USA.

February 1st, 2014
Announcements

We are pleased to announce Mike Hayes as the next Head Coach of Team USA. Coach Hayes was the Assistant Coach in the 2011 campaign with Coach Finn. Over the past seven years, Coach Hayes has led his team to five National Championships, and his team competed in the championship game the other two years.

Coach Hayes looks forward to the challenge of continuing the winning ways established by the 2007 and 2011 teams.

Staff search has begun and applications are available on the USPSA website.

Congratulations to Mike Hayes and we wish him the best of luck.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Finn for his leadership in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup wins. Chris paved the way forward in the sports first ever World Cup in 2007 and followed up with a back to back win. Chris has a lot to be proud of, and we thank him for his service.

January 26th, 2014
Local News

Age: 75
Hometown: Greenfield, Indiana
Team: Henry County Hot Shots
Years played: 1st year

How did you hear about power soccer?
My grandson, Zach Arland, introduced me to the game. While I was attending one of his matches, he jokingly told me I should play. Shortly after, Coach Denny Crum fixed up a power soccer chair for me to play.

What have you learned since playing power soccer?
I have learned that being able to control your power soccer chair is a lot harder than it looks and the importance of knowing where everyone is on the court.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?
I enjoy the camaraderie of all involved with power soccer, how everyone is treated the same, how inexpensive it is to participate, and fundraising for my team.

What would you say to other people your age that might be interested in trying power soccer?
Try it! No matter your age, it is always important to have new experiences and learn about new things, instead of sitting at home doing nothing.

Would you like to see more...

January 19th, 2014
Local News

Name: Doron DeBurr
Team: Shepherd Strikers
Years Playing Power Soccer: 10

What got you interested in power soccer?
Well Power Soccer is not the first sport I played. I started playing Wheelchair Hockey in The Netherlands in 1997 when was I 10 years old until 2002 when I was 14 years old.  At the time I attended a school geared towards children with disabilities and the school had a wheelchair hockey team. After we moved, I missed playing hockey until I found out about Power Soccer in the summer of 2004 when I went to the MDA Camp in Georgia, where Jerry Frick was having a Power Soccer Clinic. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with the sport. Shortly after that I started playing Power Soccer for the Shepherd Strikers, who at the time were the only team in Georgia. In 2005, I went to my first Power Soccer Tournament held in Fishers, Indiana and have played ever since.

What has power soccer done for you?
It has given me a chance to play a sport. Growing up, there were so many things I could not do because of losing strength in my muscles day by day. So I would tell my brother, who is...

January 8th, 2014
E-Newsletters

Letter from the President

Dear Members and Friends,

December brought the announcement of the host cities for the Conference Cup Tournament for the 2014 post-season games. Arizona Disabled Sports will host the MK Battery Premier Cup and Power Soccer of Indy will host a first time, three-conference cup events in Indianapolis, the MK Battery Champions, Presidents and Founders Cups. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all bidders for the efforts to submit bids. Without them, we would not be able to celebrate our year-ending events.

Throughout the month of December, we experienced a number of teams with confusion as to when deposits were due as well as player movement.  This resulted in conference cups being announced later than usual. The competition SOP will be reviewed and updated for the 2014-2015 season and will be expected to assist teams with the registration and payment process for next season.   We plan to begin the bidding process a year in advance so that 2015 hosts can be announced this June at the conference cups. This will give teams a full year to plan and fundraise for the following year.  We are working with the Tournament...

January 8th, 2014
Local News

Team: SoCal Vaqueros
Years Playing Power Soccer: 5
Joined USPSA: September 2009

How did you hear about power soccer?
I came across an article about power soccer in the MDA Quest magazine, and then I contacted the local team. I went out to practice, and I have been playing ever since. 

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?
I enjoy being part of a team and working together to reach a common goal of winning a championship.

What do you do for a living?
I’m a freshman in college majoring in journalism.

What is your favorite power soccer accomplishment?
My favorite accomplishment was when I scored a goal in my first Premier Cup game against the Circle City Rollers, the eventual 2013 champions.

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