The Tidewater Piranhas Power Soccer Team is from the 7 cities of Hampton Roads, recently competed in the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) MK Battery Conference Cup Tournament in Fort Wayne Indiana. The Piranhas competed along with 39 other teams and nearly 350 athletes from across the United States for one of the 4 Conference Cup championships (4 Conferences) Premier, Champions, Presidents and Founders Cups that were up for grabs. As Conference teams compete to promote themselves to the top Conference and avoid relegation.
During the season the Tidewater Piranhas played 13 matches to qualify for the Conference Cup championships, finishing with an 8-5 record. The team had traveled to tournaments in Jacksonville Florida, Gwinnett Country Georgia and Wooster Ohio in order to achieve the needed 12 games for qualification to the Conference cup. The Piranhas qualified and then competed in the Presidents Conference Cup in Fort Wayne Indiana. While only one team can come home with the Presidents Cup trophy, the team was extremely pleased with their overall performance. The Piranhas played 7 games and finished with a record of 4 wins and 3 losses and finished in 4th place in the Presidents Conference of 10 teams, much improved from last season placing 7th. The team was performing at a very high level throughout the tournament and the experience gained by all members of the team will certainly serve us well as we look forward to next season.
Power Soccer is specifically designed for individuals that utilize a power wheelchair. The sport is played 4 against 4 on an indoor basketball court where players dribble, spin-kick and pass a 13" soccer ball in a fast pace, highly skilled, highly competitive game. People will easily recognize Power Soccer as a modified/adaptive version of the abled bodied game of soccer. The highly skilled players have the ability to try-out for the U.S. National Team or U18 National Team through their years of play. If selected, that player is a representative of the United States in International Tournaments and depending on the year selected, the chance to compete in a World Cup.During the normal course of a game, the athletes who face everyday challenges and disabilities that affect each power soccer athlete give way to dedication, effort, competition, and teamwork. Lives are changed as individuals who are typically dependent on others are no longer sitting on the sidelines but rather playing a sport independently. The Tidewater Piranhas and its athletes are committed to growing power soccer in the Hampton roads area and throughout Virginia. The Team is always looking for the opportunity to introduce and welcome anyone interested in the great sport of power soccer if you are interested to learn more check out https://www.powersoccerusa.org or the VPSA- Virginia Power Soccer Association Facebook page!
Ryan Jeffress, #22 of the Tidewater Piranhas, went to the Lord on 27 November 2013. You can read about him here http://www.freewebs.com/vapowersoccer/Ryan Jeffress 1993 2013.pdf.
Check out the video presenatation about the Tidewater Piranhas on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al7Jp7I1I9M
Please welcome Larry Daigre, Joseph Freye, and Melody "Mel" Nelson all from Norfolk! We will post photos as soon as possible!
24 February 2012
The Piranhas showed up to the Hampton Roads Sports Festival and Expo on 18 February and gave a demonstration of power soccer to a group of soccer fans. All of them were astounded at the speed and skills of the players. A bunch of younger players tried heading our size 10 ball and all agreed that "it hurts!" ;-)
Here's a photo of our players with some of the 3D Soccer staff:
Players: (lt to rt) Kevin Mulholland, John Rosser, Marcus Smith, and Sammy Sawyer
Back row: Coach Steve Belechak and 3D Sports' Kelly Wilson (2nd and 3rd from left)
Here's information about the HR Sports Fest: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/02/sports-fest-features-brains-beauty-sweat-tears
2 January 2012
Due to some personnel changes, the team is taking a hiatus from playing this season. We are also working on a new practice and game facility and hope to have good news fairly soon. Meanwhile, we will continue staying in the public eye and raising funds to pay for travel, uniforms, and new equipment.
Stay tuned here for further updates!!!
This time, Jackie is in the Virginia Pilot! Click here.
Jackie Richard's inspiring story of perseverance! Click here.
Added 22 July 2010.
The Tidewater Piranhas were featured on the Hampton Roads Show, “What’s Your Problem?” segment on 14 April 2010. Here’s the link to view the video:
18 June 2009
Read the press release about our clinic in Washington DC here.
VPSA on Washington DC News! View the TV news story about our clinic in Washington DC with DC United players by clicking here.
And here's the link http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/052109_power_soccer_in_dc
HEADING TO ATLANTA FOR EAST COAST REGIONALS!
Matches will be played from Friday, 6 March, to Sunday, 8 March. We are bringing 2 teams of "fish"....the Division 1 Tidewater Red Piranhas and the Division II Tidewater Blue Piranhas. Stay tuned as we update the website with scores and highlights from the tournament.
Cheer us on!!!
Updated 29 Jan 2009:
We had a GREAT time playing against the Kemps Landing Staff and Teachers! Read the article here.
29 Sep 08: Check out the latest fundraising event, the sale of artistic cards, on our newspage.
18 Sep 08: The Fairfax Observer wrote an article about our recent coaches' clinic in Reston! Read it on our newspage!
FIPFA has updated its website. Check it out at www.fipfa.org.
30 Jul 08: Two VPSA had a great time at the 2008 National Veterans Wheelchair Games - read about it on our newspage!
You can watch videos from the recent National Championships on-line at http://www.xable.com/sports/powersoccer/nationals2008 and from the 2007 World Cup at http://www.xable.com/events/fipfaworldcup2007.
You can read it on line at http://www.mdaquest-digital.com/mdaquest/200801/?u1=texterity
Posted 24 Sep 07
The Tidewater Piranhas have grown to two teams! They will now be known as the Tidewater Piranhas Power Soccer Club with a team in each Division. The Division 1 team is called the "Red Fish" and the Division 2 team is called the "Blue Fish". Now we just need "One Fish, Two Fish"!!!
The Division 2 team has been practicing hard with the Div. 1 team and they are anxious to try out their new skills against other opponents. The team has players as young as 5 and as "old" as...well, let's just say they've been around the horn once or twice!
Congratulations and best of luck to the club and to both teams!
A competitive sport for power wheelchair users!
What is Power Soccer?
Power Soccer is a most exciting new and dynamic development for power wheelchair users. The competitive sport has been played for more than 16 years, but is just now coming to
Power soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. This action packed team sport combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game. Participants include people with quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, and other disabilities. The will to win, the competitive challenge, teamwork, and the total competitive spirit of the athlete are in no way limited or diminished because of their use of a wheelchair. As in all sports - win, lose, or draw - the thrill and joy is in playing the game.
What do I need to get in the game?
Every power soccer athlete is equipped with a soccer guard that surrounds and protects the legs. Athletes also use the guard as a means for maneuvering the ball. Additionally, each athlete is expected to have an adequate level of control of their power wheelchair. This is required to assure safe play and navigation during the fast-paced action of a power soccer game.
How can a business or organization help Virginia Power Soccer?
To play power soccer, our association needs indoor regulation-sized full-length basketball courts to host practices and games. This, along with the need for protective custom soccer guards, team jerseys, special oversized soccer balls, and occasional wheelchair maintenance, make Power Soccer an expensive sport. If your organization can donate time for a basketball court or funds for soccer equipment, this can help our soccer league provide the excitement and energy of soccer to power wheelchair users in
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