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  • Power soccer is a fast-paced four-on-four sport for power wheelchair users.
  • Power soccer is played on a regulation basketball court.
  • Power soccer players ram the ball with guards attached to their wheelchairs.
  • Power soccer is the fastest-growing sport for power wheelchair users.
  • POWER SOCCER IS AWESOME!


2011-2012 Season Update
March 18, 2012
The Vermont Chargers Power Soccer Club has had a very exciting season so far! This is our first season as a registered conference team with the United States Power Soccer Association. Because of that, we are planning on traveling to Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 21 through June 23 to compete in the combination Presidents and Founders Cup. This is an exciting step in the development of our team as a competitive entity.

If you would like to donate to help us on this mission, donations can be sent to NDAA, 82 Killarney Dr., Burlington, VT 05408. Please indicate either on the memo line of a check or on some type of separate note that this money is for the Vermont Chargers.

However, some exciting things have already happened this season. Our record is 2-4 this season so far. All four of our losses came in October when we traveled to Syracuse, New York to take on CNY United. Although we did not win any of these contests, the experience was invaluable and made us a better team. We really had a fun time competing.

In November, we traveled to Durham, New Hampshire and scored two victories. One came against the Massachusetts Hospital School Chariots while the other came against The Northeast Passage PowerCats. We were very happy to put our first victories on the board.

With a few more months of practice, we are hoping that our rematch with CNY United will go better than last time. On March 31, we are presenting the Zach Stamatis Memorial Cup at Patrick Gymnasium on the University of Vermont campus. The tournament is named in honor of our teammate who passed away last summer. We wanted to honor his memory through this event. Games will start at 10 AM, and we would love all of your fan support. This should be a great day of power soccer!

So I hope you enjoyed a little recap of our season so far. Go Chargers!
July 12, 2011
The Vermont Chargers are mourning the loss of their friend and teammate, Zach Stamatis. Zach passed away as a result of injuries sustained when he was struck by a passing car near his home this past Saturday. His love of power soccer and life in general made an impact on everyone that knew him. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.
Media about Sudbury!
Here are two articles about our team going to Sudbury (USPSA and Jett Foundation) as well as a video made by Charger Zak Schmoll.
Chargers Triumph Again!
Zak's Blog Here is a recap of the Charger Challenge written by a member Zak Schmoll.
Chargers on TV again!
Fox 44 News Thank you to Mitch Pittman and Fox 44 news for highlighting the Chargers last night. Here's the video!
Ref Clinic Recap
Zak's Blog Team member Zak Schmoll recapped our clinic on his blog. Check it out!
Interview With Charger Zach Stamatis
Sorry about the delay, but here is another interview this time with Zach "2.0" Stamatis.

Q: What does power soccer mean to you?
A: Power soccer means that I can meet other people who are in wheelchairs and make friends with them.

Q: Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
A: I love to watch baseball, and I love to play basketball.

Q: What do you do with your time when you're not playing power soccer?
A: I play video games and work out at the gym.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
A: One piece of advice I would give people about power soccer would be just keep your eye on the ball.

Q: If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
A: Born Free by Kid Rock

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pizza

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Wild Hogs

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: No Excuses
Chargers Head to Durham on Dec. 18
The Vermont Chargers will attend a referee clinic on December 18 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. A referee training will take place from 8 AM to noon. There will be a break from noon until 1 PM, and then an on-the-court practical from 1 PM until 5 PM. The referees will be instructed by Chris Mulholland who is the Director of International Referees for FIPFA, the Fédération Internationale de Powerchair Football Association. The Chargers themselves will be arriving to participate in the practical to help the referees gain experience as well as give the team some much valued playing experience. So far, players from New Hampshire and Vermont will be converging at UNH, although players from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine have also been invited to attend. As more players and teams confirm, the website will be updated. The Chargers are very excited to take their game on the road as well as get referees certified so that they will be able to play official games versus other USPSA competition.
Interview With Charger Zeb Carlson
Zeb Carlson has not been playing power soccer for very long, but he definitely loves it. So, here he is...

Q: What does power soccer mean to you?
A: It gives me a competitive outlet, and power soccer to me doesn't seem like an adaptive sport so it's kind of neat in that way. I'm also pleased that 10-12 people in chairs get together and we just focus on the game...disability never really comes up.

Q: Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
Pretty much anything but golf

Q: What do you do with your time when you're not playing power soccer?
A: Computer classes at Champlain College. I'm a fan of Linux and like using and promoting it whenever I get a chance. I also like concerts, movies, and indie wresting shows. Oh, and I'm in my recliner a fair amount too...

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
A: Try it, and the rest will take care of itself...I have a blast!

Q: If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
A: Keep On Trying -Seth Yacovone Band

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Meatloaf with french fries or tater tots

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Either the Sound of Music or Star Wars series with honorable mentions to the Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Coraline.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Don't really read much other than technical manuals, but I do like librevox.org audiobooks; it's filled with public domain classics.
Interview With Charger Jamie Perron
The interviewee this week is Jamie Perron. Of course, you are here to read about her, so...

Q: What does power soccer mean to you?
A: Soccer is a lot of fun and competition is great, but it’s so much more. It’s good to be with a group of people who more or less know what you’re going through. We also have a chance to show people that even though life sometimes sucks it doesn’t mean it all will.

Q: Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
A: I’m not a normal sports lover, I don’t like football or basketball or baseball. I love watching cycling, the Tour de France being the super bowl of cycling! I also like the Olympics which is full of less normal sports.

Q: What do you do with your time when you're not playing power soccer?
A: I like oil painting and sketching with Sharpies. I love playing with our golden retriever Dylan. Also, I like swimming; my record for holding my breath is 1 minute 45 seconds!

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
A: My rule of thumb is to try everything at least once… as long as it won’t kill you!

Q: If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
A: Colors by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: I can easily tell you my favorite chocolate… the Grace Under Fire bar made by Lake Champlain Chocolates! I can't get enough. The combo of the dark chocolate, salty pistachios and hot pepper flakes is genius.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: I thought about this question for a really long time. I love movies, in fact I am probably Netflix’s worst nightmare because I return movies so fast, I really get my moneys worth! I think I would even have a hard time picking my favorite top 100! I guess if I have to I’d pick… Clueless… no… You’ve Got Mail… no… Benny & Joon… no…

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: I’m not a big reader; I would rather watch movies.
Interview With Charger Zak Schmoll
Now you get to hear from the interviewer as the interviewee. This is me, Zak Schmoll.

Q: What does power soccer mean to you?
A: Power soccer is an outlet for me to compete in a way that I never have before. I have competed in academic competition, but I have never been able to actually hit the court and play myself. I have watched sports, written about sports, and talked about sports, so it is good to finally have a sport that I can compete in.

Q: Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
A: I love to watch baseball in the summer and basketball in the winter. It keeps me going year round.

Q: What do you do with your time when you're not playing power soccer?
A: I am a full-time student at the University of Vermont and am double majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and Statistics.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
A: As I was told the other day, practice makes improvement. To extend that, much practice makes much improvement. Don't give up if it is tough at first; it is definitely worth sticking with.

Q: If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
A: I Am Free by Newsboys.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pizza.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Remember the Titans.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Lord of the Flies.
Interview With Charger Linda Salmon
The next in our interview series is Linda Salmon, one of our originals:

Q: What does power soccer mean to you?
A: Never before have I played a team sport and been a player on a team. This gives me the opportunity, and I'm having a blast!

Q: Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
A: College basketball, in person of course. I have season tickets to the UVM basketball games. We've been attending them for many years now, it helps get me through the winter months.

Q: What do you do with your time when you're not playing power soccer?
A: Spend time with my husband, children and grand children! They are the most important things in my life, they mean the world to me!

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
A: If you don't give it a try you will never know what you are missing. Such a small amount of time, and you may find that it’s something that could give you a lifetime of enjoyment!

Q: If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
A: Welcome to the Jungle

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Anything chocolate :)

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: "I Love You Man" it was hilarious!

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: I don't have a favorite book but I do enjoy a good love story, so I would have to say anything by Barbara Delinsky
Interview With Charger Scott Goyette
So, for this week's interview, we have Scott Goyette. Of course, you'd rather hear from him than the narrator, so …

Q: What does power soccer mean to you?
A: Power soccer means that, for the first time in my life, I have the opportunity to participate in a competitive sport. My father and both of my brothers played competitive sports growing up. I spent countless hours watching from the stands, wishing I was out there. The fact that I am on the court and in the game is a huge thrill, not only for myself, but my entire family.

Q: Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
A: Basketball and football.

Q: What do you do with your time when you're not playing power soccer?
A: I work for the National Resource Center for Participant Directed Services where I'm involved in expanding participant directed programs across the country.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
A: Just try it once. I guarantee you'll be hooked!

Q: If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
A: Ali In the Jungle by The Hours.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Italian!

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: It's a toss up between Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Tombstone.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Interview With Charger Nate Besio
Continuing with the team interviews, this week we are profiling Nate Besio, one of our first players. So here he is...

Q: What does power soccer mean to you?
A: I think what power soccer really means to me is being able to return to the excitement and sense of unity of playing a team sport like I used to before I became a quad. I used to be very active in team sports before my injury and one of the most frustrating things I went through after my injury was the lack of team sports I could participate in from a power wheelchair. Most team sports for wheelchair users are played from push chairs or some other push apparatus, which unfortunately is very difficult for me. Before power soccer the only sports I could really participate in where individual activities such as down hill skiing, hand cycling, or fishing. While these activities are fun I always longed for the thrill of competition and sense of unity being part of a team provides. Power soccer has allowed me to regain that feeling again.

Q: Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
A:I love watching almost all sports but my favorites are basketball and football. I also really enjoy going fishing.

Q: What do you do with your time when you're not playing power soccer?
A: I like spending my free time with my wife and dog. We enjoy going for long walks, seeing movies and sporting events. We really enjoy doing just about anything that will get us out of the house.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
A: Give it a shot and don’t get frustrated. Just like all things, power soccer takes some time to learn so have fun!

Q: If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
A: “Eye of the Tiger,” I know it is pretty cliché but I used to listen to it to get psyched for basketball game when I was in junior high and it still psyches me up today!

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: A nice juicy steak, medium rare.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: There are too many to count but the first ones that come to mind are “The Godfather” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” I can’t just pick one.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: There are also too many to count but once again, “The Godfather” (great movie, better book) and “The Great Train Robbery” are the first to pop up in my head.
Interview With Head Coach Sandy Craige
As you are learning more about our team, we thought that we would tell you a little bit about ourselves as well and who we are off the court. So, this interview with our head coach Sandy Craige is the beginning of a series of interviews that will profile a different member of our team each week. So, without further ado:

Q: What does power soccer mean to you?
A: I first saw power soccer at a quad rugby practice at the UNH. There was a friend of mine that had always wanted to play team sports, and when I mentioned it to him, he said he would love to try it. That was the start of the team we have now.

Q: Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
A: I love sled hockey, and handcycling would be a close second.

Q: What do you do with your time when you're not coaching power soccer?
A: I work full time at IBM, ride the handcycle and also do a basketball program on Tuesdays.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
A: Give it a try. You have nothing to lose for at least trying it out and you might like it.

Q: If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
A: 'I'm All Right' from Caddy Shack.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pizza.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: The Lord of the Rings.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Hobbit.
Chargers Officially Register With USPSA
The Vermont Chargers have officially registered with the United States Power Soccer Association as a non-conference team for the 2010-2011 season. Essentially, this means that we can officially play any team and have the games count, but we do not have to play a minimum of 12 games. This also means that any team that plays us with official referees will be able to count the game as one of their official 12. We are very excited to begin our membership in the USPSA!
Grant Awarded to Support Vermont Chargers' Development
The NDAA was awarded a $2,250 grant from the Oakland Foundation to help the Vermont Chargers buy equipment and grow the power soccer program.
Seven Days Covers Clinic!
We were very excited to have Seven Days, a Burlington area newspaper, cover our power soccer clinic and create a newspaper article as well as a video. We are very grateful and appreciate their help in publicizing our team and sport!
Clinic Recap
Zak's Blog Team member Zak Schmoll recapped our clinic on his blog. Check it out!
Newspaper Coverage!
The World Article
Along with the rest of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, the Vermont Chargers were featured in The World newspaper which is circulated around central Vermont.
TV Coverage!
WCAX Spotlight on Sports An exciting development in Vermont Chargers history has occurred. We have made our first television appearance on WCAX-3 news. There are several great interviews as well as some exciting footage of the team!
UPDATE!
We now have another team coming to our clinic, CNY United. Therefore, we don't have a schedule yet, but there will be more than one game going on during the day.
Come One, Come All
Flyer
Hey, I want to let everyone in the world know that on July 25, 2010, the Vermont Chargers Power Soccer Club will be hosting a power soccer clinic with Jerry Frick of the United States Power Soccer Association. If you're in a power wheelchair, come try it out! If you're not in a power wheelchair, come and check it out anyway because it is awesome! The clinic will run from 1 to 3, and immediately following the Chargers will take on the Northeast Passage Power Cats in an epic rematch of our last meeting in Durham. The flyer is attached in a JPEG file, so if you want to come we would love to have you at Patrick Gym, the University of Vermont, on July 25!
Have Some Fun This Summer!
Power Soccer Camp Flyer
One of our players, Scott, is going to Power Soccer Camp in Minnesota this summer. Here's the flyer for anyone else who might want to attend to learn from the best the game has to offer.
Game Recap
May 17, 2010
Here is a story that Zak Schmoll wrote about the team's first experience versus the New Hampshire Power Cats.
A Winning First Experience




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