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June 16th, 2011
Announcements

The USPSA Premier Cup is happening this weekend in Norcross, Georgia. Scores will be updated occassionally in this story on USPSATeams.org. Follow the action there and on Twitter with the tags #uspsapremiercup! Best of luck to all the teams!

June 6th, 2011
Marketing Committee
Announcements

Dear Members of the USPSA,

Is there someone on your team that shines on and off the court? Do you have an athlete that truly represents what your team is all about? If so, we want to get to know them!

All of us involved with Power Soccer are a fairly close-knit community, all bonded by the sport we love. However, with over 60 teams and hundreds of athletes around the country, it's hard to be familiar with, and to know everyone. In an effort to bring this community a little closer together, the USPSA would like to feature a player on your team in an upcoming USPSA newsletter.

If you and your team have someone that you would like to nominate for this player spotlight, please send an e-mail to USPSA Marketing Committee Chair, Case Calvert, at: marketing [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net. We will feature one player a month in the USPSA newsletter. Thank you for helping to bring our Power Soccer family closer together. We can't wait to hear from you!

Sincerely,
USPSA Marketing Committee

June 1st, 2011
E-Newsletters

Dominic Russo, USPSA PresidentPresident's Letter

Dear friends and members of the USPSA,

There has been a lot of activity in preparation for the upcoming annual meeting. I would like to thank the Legislative and Bylaws, Nominations and Elections, Equipment Specifications, and Rules Committees for their contributions to this year's annual meeting.

FIPFA has made a number of significant changes to the Laws of the Game. We have gone through all the changes and are making some recommendations to approve. A law that we are not recommending is the Classification law. We will be having a discussion about classification and how we should proceed as a national organization.

We have also added some specifications for a "rear-guard". There are a number of athletes that have added a rear guard to their chairs, therefore regulations for length, height, etc will be implemented for those athletes who choose to use them.

We also have lost a member of the Executive Committee. Lois Vega is no longer our Treasurer. Lois has purchased an accounting business and time no longer allows for her...

May 26th, 2011
Marketing Committee
Announcements

Have you ever thought of being a reporter and having your story read by people from around the country? You can be the voice of your Conference Cup tournament and here's how!

The USPSA is looking for people to write recaps and send tweets from the upcoming Conference Cup tournaments. There are four of them taking place and we want to know about all the action at each of them!

The USPSA would like you to write tournament recaps that will be featured in the newsletter and published on the website (www.powersoccerusa.net). Also, if you have pictures, send one along with your story!

We are also looking for social media fans to provide live tournament updates on Twitter by mentioning the USPSA (@powersoccerusa) in their tweets, allowing followers of the USPSA to keep track of what's happening. If you want to tweet at your Conference Cup tournament, but you aren't sure how to get started, just let us know and we'll help you out.

Becoming a regular contributor during this really busy and important time of year will not only allow you to get more involved with the USPSA, but it will also help spread the word...

May 15th, 2011
Nominations and Elections Committee
Announcements

Dear USPSA Members:

Below you will find the 2011 USPSA Executive Committee candidates and a summary of duties for the position for which they are running. The election will be held at the Annual General Meeting on June 17 in Norcross, GA.

JOIN THE "Let YOUR Voice Be Heard for 60" CAMPAIGN

As you may have noticed, the number "60" has been added to our campaign title. Why? The number "60" has been added because this is our vote goal for this year! The USPSA has 60 eligible voting teams and we want all 60 teams to "Let YOUR Voice Be Heard for 60" during this year's election. Since the birth of the USPSA, we have yet to have a 100% membership vote! The NEC is challenging each and every team to "Let YOUR Voice Be Heard for 60," whether it is by absentee ballot, proxy ballot, or physically showing up to vote at the annual meeting!* The USPSA cares about serving our members!

*Annual meeting and ballot information will be out within the upcoming weeks.

NEC REQUEST!
We are requesting that the membership begin submitting questions that you would want to know from the candidates prior to team representatives...

April 30th, 2011
Donna Jones, Santa Cruz Sentinal
Local News

WATSONVILLE - At brother Freddy's seventh birthday party earlier this month, Carlos Vazquez left the table and headed out to the deck to mingle with guests - a simple social interaction most people take for granted.

But Carlos was born with cerebral palsy and until he obtained a power wheelchair about 16 months ago, the 10-year-old Alianza Charter School fifth-grader lived life in park unless someone came along to give him a push.

Since then Carlos has gained an independence he and his family only dreamed about, most recently joining the Hollister Free Wheelers, a power soccer team. Now he's envisioning winning a spot on the national team someday, competing globally. But first, if he can raise the funds, Carlos hopes to go to Minnesota with his team in June for a national tournament.

"I love it, the experience of power chair soccer," said Carlos, flinging his arms wide and grinning. "I love my team. My team is awesome."

Veronica Aguilar, who teaches seventh- and eighth-graders at Alianza, never imagined she'd be a soccer mom. She's amazed at how her son has grown since community donations enabled the family to acquire the power chair in 2009. Carlos lacks the motor control to manipulate a manual...

April 24th, 2011
E-Newsletters

USPSA Members Survey Results

Last month, we sent out a survey to all USPSA members - athletes, coaches, and referees - to get your opinions on a variety of issues the USPSA is addressing. We received about 150 responses to the 10-minute questionnaire.

About 60% of respondents are comfortable with foreign players on our teams, 15% are neutral, and 25% feel negatively about it. Only 18% think that no international players should be allowed on teams, 47% feel there should be a limit, and 35% don't think there should be a limit. A large majority of respondents would support an international exchange program, but only a few would be willing to host a player or travel themselves.

Member's opinions on the new conference system were equally split. About 50% like the system, 27% are neutral, and 23% dislike the system. The results were similar regarding a classification system. About 65% do not think we should limit participants with a classification system, 11% are neutral, and 24% feel we should limit participation.

Finally, regarding Team Representatives, fewer than 10% of respondents feel their Team Rep does not represent them well or communicate well, and 33% say their team does not decide how to vote as a group. While it is...

April 15th, 2011
Carly Price, Arcadia News
Local News

Independent. Confident. Passionate. These are the three words Arizona State University sophomore Katie Dickey uses to describe herself, and they have nothing to do with her wheelchair.

If someone saw her in the pathways of ASU, they might not guess she plays for a collegiate soccer team, coaches soccer and is training on the National team for her league in preparation of travelling to France to play in a world-cup game. They might not guess she has won numerous awards and accolades in the athletic realm.

They might not guess these things because Dickey has a genetic disease called Distal Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a neuromuscular disease that results in progressive weakening of the muscles and required her to use a wheelchair beginning her freshman year of high school.

“I don’t let my disability define me in any way, but it has had an impact on my life,” Dickey said. “I would like to think it has made me more open-minded and accepting of others.”

She said that her being in a wheelchair has given her opportunities. Dickey is a member of the United States Power Soccer Association...

March 28th, 2011
John Faherty, Arizona Republic
Local News

He thought he could never be an athlete - then he found his game

All of his life, Tony Jackson loved sports.

He liked the idea that two people, or two teams, would face each other and do their best. One would win, and one would lose. The drama appealed to him.

So, throughout his youth, he got as close to the games he could. "But I was always the scorekeeper or the referee, never the athlete."

Jackson could not play because of arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that restricted the mobility of his joints and led to the degeneration of his muscles. Jackson's condition is severe enough that he has used a wheelchair his entire life.

Jackson, now 34, was certain that not being able to play, or compete, contributed to the notion that people with disabilities are fundamentally different from people without them. He was on the sidelines - different.

In 2006, when he first learned about power soccer, a sport he might be able to play in his motorized wheelchair, he...

March 23rd, 2011
E-Newsletters

Dominic Russo, USPSA PresidentPresident's Letter

Dear Members,

The past several weeks have brought much attention to the referee program. I have assumed the role of Deputy Vice President and am responsible for referees, coaches, and athletes. To start, the USPSA will be introducing Referee Coordinators for the Conference Cup games. The coordinator will be responsible for assigning and assessing referees throughout the tournament. They will complete a written assessment for all center referees, which will provide valuable information on how to improve their game.

Starting next season, standards will be implemented for center referees to create consistency across the country. Registration and an exam will be required, and for recertification, a written assessment will be completed for each certified referee. The exams are still in development, but will be available online upon completion. Further, we will have a list on the USPSA website with approved referees for teams to contact for sanctioned games.

I would like to thank Chris Mulholland for his assistance with developing the referee exam...

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