Powerchair Soccer

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Become a part of the first Powerchair Soccer Program in Nova Scotia!

WHAT IS IT?
Powerchair soccer is a modified version of soccer for power wheelchair users. It is the fastest growing sport for power wheelchair users and is played all over the world! This sport is for all ages and combines the skills of the athlete with the speed of the chair to attempt to spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball into a goal.
The Field:
Power Soccer Court (Power Soccer USA, 2019)

Each team is allowed 4 players on the court at one time, including the goalkeeper. A match consists of two 20-minute periods.



Equipment:
-Powerchair
-Guard (Provided by the Program)
-Ball (Provided by the Program)

Rules of the Game:
WHO CAN PLAY?
To be eligible to play powerchair soccer the athlete must use a power wheelchair for daily mobility or have access to a powerchair on a regular basis.
THE PROGRAM
Our program will introduce parasport athletes to powerchair soccer. We will teach basic skills in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment. Separate sessions will be held for youth and adults. The program will run once a week, for 10 weeks at the new Dartmouth Sportsplex facility. Gear and equipment will be provided to players.  
Week 0 - Bench Test
Safety is our number one priority! The Bench Test is a mandatory session before the start of the program that determines the skill level of the athlete. In order to participate in the program, athletes will be asked to complete a range of movements to check their muscle strength, coordination and how they operate the powerchair. Only participants that are deemed in control and safe with their powerchairs will be allowed to continue on in the program.
Week 1 & 2 – Learning the Game & Ball Control
More Information Coming Soon!
Week 3 & 4 – Passing & Receiving
More Information Coming Soon!
Week 5 & 6 - Shooting & Stopping the Ball
More Information Coming Soon!
Week 7 – Shooting & Passing with Accuracy
More Information Coming Soon!
Week 8 & 9 – Challenging & Team Tactics
More Information Coming Soon!
Week 10 – Tournament Night
More Information Coming Soon!

PROGRAM DETAILS:
Program Length: April 1st – June 5th (Every Wednesday)

Location: Zatsman Sportsplex Gym (Dartmouth Sportsplex)

FOR YOUTH (16 and younger):
5 pm Transition into Guards
5:30 pm – 7 pm is the Powerchair Soccer Session

FOR ADULTS (17 +):
6:30pm Transition into Guards
7pm – 8:30pm is the Powerchair Soccer Session

Cost: $50 per player

BECOME A VOLUNTEER
We are always looking for helping hands. If you are interested in becoming apart of the Powerchair Soccer Program contact:

Madison:
powerchairsoccer@udfc.ca
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Play:
Can able-bodied people play?
Our program prioritizes power chair users, however, any able-bodied people who have access to a power chair are able to play.
Can a person in a regular (manual) wheelchair play?
Unfortunately this program is designed specifically for power chairs. Manual chairs and scooters are not allowed.
Equipment:
How do I get a power chair if I do not have one?
If you would like to participate in the program but do not have access to a power chair, please contact Madison at powerchairsoccer@udfc.ca.
Do I need a special type of powerchair?
No, your regular powerchair will work. We customize the equipment to fit your chair.
How does the guard attach to my powerchair?
The guard attaches to the chair by using a guard attachment. The guard attachment is removable and does not impede the functionality, warranty or design of the chair. With the consent of the athlete, the attachment can be left on for the duration of the program. This allows quick and easy guard installation at the beginning of practice.
Program:
Where is the program being held?
The program is held every Wednesday at the Zatzman Sportsplex (previously known as the Dartmouth Sportsplex) in their newly renovated gym. The facility is completely accessible.
What is the “Transition in Guards” time?
This is time set aside before the program starts to allow the athletes to get their gear on and socialize. Players can practice their skills or just hang out!
What does this program teach me?
This program teaches the basics of powerchair soccer. This program aims at teaching how to pass, receive, shoot and play as a team.
Safety:
My powerchair is really expensive and I am worried about it getting damaged…
Power chairs are really expensive and the safety of the chairs and the athletes is our top priority. With this in mind, we have created various safety measures to ensure that all athletes and their powerchairs remain safe:

1. Powerchair Soccer is a non-contact sport. The rules and regulations of the sport penalize any type of contact (accidental or intentional) between players in the game.

2. Our program has a dedicated referee during all sessions that sole purpose is managing the dynamic of the players. This referee will ensure that the safety and regulation of the sport are closely adhered to.

3. A licensed powerchair technician from Lawton Home Health Care will be in attendance at every session. This technician can offer advice and services to any powerchair user in the program. In addition, free maintenance services from Lawton Home Health Care is offered to participants for the duration of the program for any related wear and tear to the chair.

4. All athletes must prove their ability to maneuver safely in a chair with the use of a bench test. This bench test is conducted during the Bench Test/Come Try Event Days in March. All participants must successfully complete the Bench Test unassisted in order to participate in the program.
What is the Bench Test?
The bench test is a session at the beginning of the program designed to determine if the athlete has the ability to maneuver the powerchair safely.
The main component of the bench test is an obstacle course consisting of obstacles that require the participant to move forward, backwards and to change directions.
Registration:
What do I get when I join the program?
All athletes registered for the program receive a soccer jersey and UDFC gear to keep. They will also be provided with the necessary equipment to play (guard, chair attachment and ball) however this will be returned to the program at the end of every session.”
What exactly is meant by do you require a lift?
A lift is an assistive device that will help transfer an athlete into their powerchair. A lift can be provided to an athlete upon request. If you require a lift please indicate this in the registration form or contact Madison at powerchairsoccer@udfc.ca.
SAFETY FIRST FOCUS
UDFC’s Powerchair Soccer program has a safety first focus! We understand that Power chairs are really expensive therefore the safety of the chairs and the athletes are our top priority. With this in mind, we have created various safety measures to ensure that all athletes and their powerchairs remain safe:

1. Powerchair Soccer is a non-contact sport. The rules and regulations of the sport penalize any type of contact (accidental or intentional) between players in the game.

2. Our program has a dedicated referee during all sessions that sole purpose is managing the dynamic of the players. This referee will ensure that the safety and regulation of the sport are closely adhered to.

3. A licensed powerchair technician from Lawton Home Health Care will be in attendance at every session. This technician can offer advice and services to any powerchair user in the program. In addition, free maintenance services from Lawton Home Health Care is offered to participants for the duration of the program for any related wear and tear to the chair.

4. All athletes must prove their ability to maneuver safely in a chair with the use of a Bench Test. This Bench Test is conducted during the Bench Test/Come Try Event Days in March. All participants must successfully complete the Bench Test unassisted in order to participate in the program.
BENCH TEST

What is the Bench Test?
Safety is our number one priority! The Bench Test is a mandatory session before the start of the program that determines the skill level of the athlete. In order to participate in the program, athletes will be asked to complete a range of movements to check their muscle strength, coordination and how they operate the powerchair. Only participants that are deemed in control and safe with their powerchairs will be allowed to continue in the program.

Participants that are registered in the program will complete the Bench Test on March 6th or March 20th, 2019. There are different sessions depending on the age of the participant:

FOR YOUTH (16 and younger):
5:30 pm – 7 pm @ Zatzman Sportsplex

FOR ADULTS (17 +):
7pm – 8:30pm @ Zatzman Sportsplex

Please fill out the registration form under “REGISTER NOW!” to confirm your participation in the program.
COME TRY EVENTS

What are the Come Try Events?
The Come Try Events are held at the same time as the bench test. The Come Try Events are a chance for any players that are curious about playing to come out and meet the team! Try the Bench Test or just watch, it is totally up to you.
The Come Try Events are held at the same time as the Bench Test on March 6th, or March 20th, 2019. There are different sessions depending on the age of the participant:

FOR YOUTH (16 and younger):
5:30 pm – 7 pm @ Zatzman Sportsplex

FOR ADULTS (17 +):
7pm – 8:30pm @ Zatzman Sportsplex

Please contact Madison at powechairsoccer@udfc.ca if you plan on attending the Come Try Events.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!
HOW TO REGISTER: STEP 1: Register online using the registration form below. STEP 2: Attend our Come Try Event/ Bench Testing – March 6th or 20th 2019 (Pick the date when you register). STEP 3: Attend the first session on April 3rd, 2019!!
PROGRAM DETAILS: Program Length: April 1st – June 5th (Every Wednesday) Location: Zatsman Sportsplex Gym (Dartmouth Sportsplex) FOR YOUTH (16 and younger): 5 pm Transition into Guards 5:30 pm – 7 pm is the Powerchair Soccer Session FOR ADULTS (17 +): 6:30pm Transition into Guards 7pm – 8:30pm is the Powerchair Soccer Session Cost: $50 per player
REGISTRATION FORMS
ADULT Registraion Form (17 +)
Registration is now closed. Please contact Madison at powerchairsoccer@udfc.ca for more details.
YOUTH Registration Form (16 and younger)
Registration is now closed. Please contact Madison at powerchairsoccer@udfc.ca for more details.

 

 

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