USPSA Newsletter for March 2013

In This Edition

Copa Americas 2013 Needs a Host
Raise Funds with Piggybackr
USPSA Featured Athlete
USPSA Coaches Corner
 

USPSA Contacts

President
president [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Jr Mamea)

Vice President
exec-vicepresident [at] powersoccerusa [dot] net (Bill Balles)

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!

Los Angeles, CA
March 15th-17th, 2013
Los Angeles Convention Center

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

INTERNATIONAL

April 26 - 28, 2013
Défi sportif AlterGo 2013
Collège Édouard-Montpetit
Longueuil, Québec, Canada

CLINICS & EXPOS

March 15-17, 2013
Los Angeles Abilities Expo
Demo: 2:45pm on Saturday
Los Angeles Convention Center

May 18 - 19, 2013
2pm - 6pm
Madonna ProActive Health & Fitness
7111 Stephanie Lane
Lincoln, NE 68516
For more info please contact power-soccer [at] indy [dot] rr [dot] com

TOURNAMENTS AND MATCHES

March 1 - 3, 2013
Power Blast Power Soccer Tournament
Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center
5031 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

March 9, 2013
Power Soccer of Indy League Day
Benton Central High School
4241 E. 300 S
Oxford, IN 47971
To RSVP, e-mail Tracy Albertson: ctkca95 [at] gmail [dot] com

March 16 - 17, 2013
Power Soccer of Indy League Day
Turnstone Center for the Disabled
3320 Clinton St.
Ft. Wayne, IN 46805

March 30, 2013
Power Soccer of Indy League Day
Shenandoah High School
7354 West US 36
Middletown, IN 47356

April 6 - 7, 2013
Glendale Community College
1500 N. Verdugo Rd.
Glendale, CA 91208

April 6, 2013
Southeast Power Soccer League Day
Gold Dust Park Gym
646 Industrial Blvd.
Villa Rica, GA 30180

April 13 - 14, 2013
Circle City Rollers Invitational
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
10655 Haverstick Rd. E
Carmel, IN 46033

April 20, 2013
St. Anthony of Padua Parish
5770 N. Maroa Ave.
Fresno, CA 93704

April 20, 2013
Power Soccer of Indy League Day
10am-4pm
Ball State University
Main gym
For more info please contact: power-soccer [at] indy [dot] rr [dot] com

April 27, 2013
Maze Middle School
900 Meridian St.
Hollister, CA 95023

May 11, 2013
Power Soccer of Indy Superior Cup
Eagle Church
5801 S. 650 E
Whitestown, IN 46075

 

In the News

ASU Power Soccer Team gives students second chance at competition
As ASU's Power Soccer Team rolls onto the court, it's hard not to notice the players' confidence, preparation and focus. It is a team of ordinary athletes with an extraordinary pastime: power soccer, an adaptive sport for people with disabilities...
Click for the full story and watch video at statepress.com

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Letter from the President

We are only four months away before the defense of our USPSA Conference Cup Championships will commence.  Teams are getting their required games in and teams are beginning to get into mid-season form.  Great news is continually being fed on the news feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I LOVE reading and following the daily lives of some of our USPSA players, coaches, and fans.  AWESOME ASU Power Soccer Facebook post from Katie Dickey, Gabe Trujillo, Tony Jackson, Joey Wells and Jordan Dickey! GO ASU Power Soccer Club! Love the Facebook feeds from Ruth and Stacy from Power Soccer Shop and the Minnesota Northern Lights! Natalie Russo you are such a smart, funny and witty young lady! Love reading your post.  Star Velez, your inspirational messages are heart warming and deeply written with so much passion! Love it!  Zak Schmoll, Scott Goyette, and Anthony Reuter, keep up the great news feeds and even greater work for USPSA Power Soccer and updates coming from the Northwest Region!  Shout out to Benny Aviles with all of his efforts in helping to fundraise and spread the word of our sport in Southern California!

These are great examples of folks staying connected and involved!  If you have a Facebook, Twitter, and Instgram page please share them with USPSA!  Stay connected, stay involved and keep rolling!

Ta'avasa "Jr." Mamea
USPSA President


GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM DIFFERENT NEEDZ FOUNDATION

The Different Needz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Foundation's primary mission is to provide special needs individuals, families and organizations that support them with money to purchase uninsured medical equipment, therapy devices, adaptive toys and/or services.

Note to Applicants: Grants are awarded at the sole discretion of the Different Needz Foundation Board of Directors. If your grant request is approved, the equipment provider or service provider will be paid directly by The Different Needz Foundation.

Grants to organizations are limited to a maximum of $2,500.00.  Organization grants will not be awarded for operational expenses, employee wages or general funding.  The Foundation is not obligated to award an organizational grant in any given year.

Link to organization's web site: http://www.differentneedzfoundation.org/. Click on the "Grants" tab for application information.


DÉFI SPORTIF ALTERGO 2013 TOURNAMENT IN CANADA

Registration for the Défi sportif AlterGo 2013 Tournament is open now!  The tournament is being held from April 26 -28 in Longueuil, Québec, Canada. The registration deadline is March 13th and is $150 per team.  The fee for any team registering after the deadline is $200.  For more information, please contact:

Philippe Da Silva
Coordinator, Sports Programming
Tél. : 514 933-2739 ext. 221


COPA AMERICAS 2013 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT LOOKING FOR HOST!

The Powerchair Football Confederation of the Americas (governing body of the Americas Zone) is soliciting bids to host the PFCA Copa Américas 2013 Tournament this fall. Copa Américas 2013 will be the first international competition between the national powerchair football team members of the PFCA. The intention is for a Copa Américas to be held every four years, two years before the FIPFA World Cup.

Currently, PFCA has only three playing members (Brazil, Canada and USA) so national teams from the European Powerchair Football Association and the Asia Pacific Oceania Zone will be invited to make the tournament fuller and more exciting.

The USPSA Executive Committee has agreed to send this to our membership to see if anyone in the USA would like to host this event. The 2013 COPA America's Bid Document is available for download. If you have any questions please contact Chris Mulholland, PFCA Technical Coordinator at cmulholland [at] csc [dot] com.

Also if you know of any organizations that might be interested in hosting this tournament, please forward this newsletter to them.


Featured Athlete

Peyton Sefick

Peyton Sefick is a founding member of CNY United, based in Syracuse, NY.

How long have you been playing power soccer? How did you learn of the sport?
I started when I was playing when I was twelve years old, so that makes it ten years. I was told about it by a friend who lived in Rochester and I played out there so for the first few years; I commuted from Syracuse once a week.

What was it like in the beginning, when you founded your own team, compared to where you and your team are now?
Starting CNY United Power Soccer has been a roller coaster. My dad and I started the team and slowly grew it. At first we could barely play by the rules, now we are one of the top teams in the nation and won the Champions Cup last year.

After finishing third in the Champions Cup in 2011, 2012 saw your team break through and move up to the Premier conference this season. How did your team adjust to win last year, and what changes are you making this season?
Last year was crazy because I was having chair problems, but we played well as a team and really improved our communication. Our work ethic has grown tremendously as we start to play at the highest level. This year, we have upgraded our chairs and are looking at this season as our breakout and best year yet.

How do you balance college and power soccer?
I try to do everything in moderation and never try to overload myself on one aspect of my life. Although the amount of sleep I get has really declined, I've been loving everything else. I have a lot invested in power soccer and plan on investing a lot more when the National team has tryouts again.

What is the biggest thing that you took away from being on Team USA?
I think Team USA showed me that I have the ability to do anything I set my mind on. Going from playing on a turf field with just my father, to traveling the world playing power soccer has open my eyes on just how much hard work can give you.


USPSA COACHES CORNER

John Connolly San Jose Rockets Head Coach

Coach John Connolly and his son, Ryan, have only been involved with Power Soccer for a short period of time.  However, the sport has already made a huge impact.  From being an integral part of the San Jose Rockets, to being regular attendees at the annual Power Soccer camp in Minnesota, both father and son are soaking up everything the sport has to offer.  Coach Connolly recently shared his experiences as a head coach with USPSA.

How did you get involved with power soccer?
I became involved with power soccer a couple of years ago when my son's adaptive PE coach told him to check out the San Jose Steamrollers power soccer team. After visiting one practice and watching the smile spread from ear to ear, we were both hooked.

What do you say to others thinking about getting involved?
To potential players, I say let's strap on a guard to your chair so you can practice and scrimmage with us today. There is no better way to recruit players to the sport then to have them try out the game. If they have an ounce of competitive spirit in them, they will love the sport.  To potential coaches, I would say whatever time and effort you put into the sport will be paid back tenfold. Just watching the pure joy experienced by a player can't help but brighten your day.

What do you love about coaching?
I love to witness the personal development that transpires in the players as they learn to work together as a team, develop confidence in their decision making, and develop strong lifelong friendships with other wheelchair athletes all across the country.

What is your approach/technique when coaching?
I am a pretty low key coach, but I like to be organized with a structured practice plan each week. The team works on individual kicking/passing skills at the beginning of the practice, followed by practicing our set plays, and we finish with a scrimmage either against the Steamrollers, or within our own team. We also try to mix it up with fun games to develop skills. My intent is for the players to receive plenty of hands on coaching, so when it comes to game day they are fully prepared with little interaction from me.

With recent advances in the sport, where do you see it in the next few years?
I would hope to see a couple more World Cup titles for Team USA. Also, we are lucky to have several teams in the Northern California area, but I would hope that in the next 5-10 years we see an increase in the number of teams in those areas of the country that may only have one or two teams.

What has been your most memorable power soccer moment?
I have only been around the sport for a short period of time, but my most memorable moment was when the San Jose Rockets won their first game.  Following their first win, the players on the team were ecstatic, shouting with joy, and were sporting huge grins. Watching the pure joy they were experiencing in that moment has to be my most memorable power soccer moment to date.

The Power Soccer community across the nation is extremely supportive, outgoing, and friendly.Thank you to everyone who gives so much of their time to foster this culture of inclusion and to keep this sport going. I would also like to give a special thank you to Minnie Kudo, the adaptive PE Coach, who introduced Power Soccer to Ryan and our family. It has been a positive life changing experience for all of us.


PIGGYBACKR CAN HELP YOUR TEAM RAISE FUNDS

USPSA is proud to endorse Piggybackr.com as an additional fundraising option for your team's 2013 fundraising goals! Brittany Murlas, Community Manager with Piggybackr.com, just recently completed a very successfull fundraising event with the BORP Power Soccer team to raise $6000 in just four short weeks! Check out their fundraising page here: https://www.piggybackr.com/borppower/help-us-kick-off-the-season.

Brittany is also a longtime BORP volunteer and understands the financial challenges of our USPSA teams. Please take a look at the site and decide for yourself if this is a good fit for your team.

Piggybackr TEACHES your team how to fundraise and MOTIVATES them with points, levels, badges, and prizes!

If you'd like to create an online fundraiser of your own:

  1. Go to www.piggybackr.com
  2. Type in the code powersoccer in the top right hand corner where it says "Enter code here!"
  3. All profits go directly to your team!

For more information or questions you may have, contact Brittany at brittany [at] piggybackr [dot] com or 510-207-4913.


TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR TEAM ATTRACTIVE TO DONORS

There are many different ways that teams raise money.  One that some tend to shy away from is trying to build up a donor base.  Although it seems like a daunting task to cultivate a group of people that are willing to donate to your cause, following the helpful tips below can ease some of the stress:

Storytelling in fundraising is critical.
Stories make needs come alive. There are thousands of starving children in Africa. But that is a number, an abstraction. Tell me the story of Samira - so hungry she digs through the garbage for a fruit pit with pulp on it - and I begin to understand the desperation. I get emotionally connected. I start to visualize the suffering child and want to help.

What about the solicitor matters most to the would-be donor?
Truth is absolutely essential. Without it, a gift is unlikely. Trust in and of itself may not be enough, but it is a critical component.

What is not so important?
How smart you are. I know some brilliant people who aren't good person-to-person fundraisers. They don't connect well with people. They're not great at reading social cues and can't engage in the kind of conversation that motivates donors to part with their money. And then there are other fundraisers of average intelligence who, because of their charm, passion and integrity, raise a fortune.

"Urgency" is a word you hear a lot in fundraising, but it doesn't apply to many organizations. What are they to do?

  • Tell a compelling story. A child in need; a group that needs intervention.
  • Use deadlines or milestones. The registration for summer camp ends May 31st - we need your help! We have raised 75% of our goal and need your help to reach the top!
  • Specific dollar amounts are helpful. Use dollar amounts for scholarships to upcoming activities/education to add urgency. We are seeking $5,000 for our scholarship fund that supports travel expenses for our team.

Pick the most important of the 11 questions in your book and tell me why.
The most important question varies from donor to donor. But if I have to choose, it would be: Will my gift make a difference? All else being equal, if you can answer that question honestly and compellingly, your chances of getting a gift soar.

Review with Author Harvey McKinnon: Communication with Donors
From: The 11 Questions Every Donor Asks and the Answers All Donors Crave
Courtesy of Guidestar online newsletter, edited for USPSA newsletter


2012-2013 Committee Chairpersons

Steve Everett Athletes Advisory Committee
Mark Pratt Legislative and Bylaws Committee
Nancy Mitchell Finance Committee
Dominic Russo Equipment Specification Committee
Jr Mamea Development Committee
Jonathan Newman Tournament Selection Committee
Mark Jones Officials Committee
Dominic Russo International Competition Committee
Case Calvert Marketing Committee
Karen Russo Clinics Committee
Dan Chafey Rules Committee
Jenny Mitchell IT Committee
Deandra Bardell Elections Committee

All contact information will be posted on the website so you may contact a chairperson directly if you are interested in volunteering on a particular committee.


Team USA Championship Apparel

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Team USA championship apparel is available for purchase! Own a part of Power Soccer history and show support for the first US Soccer squad to win back-to-back world championships! Youth, women's and men's apparel available in most items

Visit our USPSA League Store to get your gear today!

 


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