Come support the United States Fistball Association (USFA) and have a great time while you’re at it! Come enjoy the beautiful Scenic View Country Club course and a delicious luncheon afterwards with a free quarter barrel of beer on tap while it lasts! The USFA provides support for the US Men’s and Women’s national teams as well as youth fistball programs. This year’s initiative is to send our first U18 Youth Girl’s team to compete in the U18 World Championships in Nuremburg, Germany this Summer. Don’t delay, sign up today!
The USFA is seeking U18 Female Athletes for the Youth World Fistball Championships to be held July 20-24th, 2016 in Nuremburg, Germany.
Team USA seeks 7-10 girls interested in representing the USA in its first trip to the Youth World Championships. Previous experience playing the sport of Fistball isn’t required, but an athletic prowess and a fighting spirit is.
The skills required to play Fistball are often compared with those required to play Volleyball because both sports involve using up to three contacts in order to strike a ball over a net in an attempt to score, but skills used in Tennis and Baseball/Softball also often translate to success on the Fistball field. The overhand throwing motion used in pitching or throwing a Baseball is similar to the motion often employed by Fistball players to strike and serve. The footwork a skilled Tennis player uses to get into position to defense an attack is similar to that required to get into position to defense an attack in Fistball. The comparisons with Volleyball are the easiest to make because both sports involve defending a hard driven attack with the arms in such a way as to allow for the ball to be set close to the net for an equally powerful return attack. One key difference between the two is that he ball cannot be struck with an open hand, but instead a closed fist is used. The ball is also allowed to bounce between contacts, but it may only be played with a single arm at a time. The sport of Fistball employs only 5 players on each side of the net to cover an area roughly 3 times the size of a Volleyball court. The net is also 6’3″ high which allows for shorter girls to be effective attackers. Fistball is an exciting and fast paced sport that requires teamwork, agility, and athleticism in order to achieve success.
Female athletes born in 1998 or later are qualified to try out for the U18 US Girls Fistball team. Open try-outs will be held April 2nd from 3-5pm at Roxbury High School in Succasunna, NJ. The U18 team will begin outdoor practices in Flanders, NJ in Spring 2016 at the Swim and Sport Club in Flanders, NJ. Opportunities potentially exist for interested players that cannot make the try-outs and/or that don’t live in the NJ area. The USFA partners with Fistball clubs in Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Wisconsin as well. Please contact USFA President Bob Feid to express interest.
2014 US National Team (Left to Right): Bonnie Zobel, Courtney Abel, Alex Buehning, Tricia Groeber, Ashley Sledzinski, Kristie Keating, Sadie Beacham, Kay Crosby, Coach Mat Ogin, Coach Gastao Englert
Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to be part of a US National Team! The US has participated internationally in World Championship tournaments on the men’s side since 1999 and only recently sent the first women’s team to compete in the World Championships in 2014. Not one athlete has come back without expressing how truly amazing the experience of representing your country in international competition has been. For many, it’s been a once in a lifetime opportunity that provides the rare opportunity to travel abroad, experience other cultures, and make lifelong friends across the globe.
Fistball is not yet an Olympic sport, but the International Fistball Association (IFA) has been working tirelessly in recent years to achieve Olympic status and with more and more countries beginning to form teams, it’s becoming increasingly likely that we’ll see Fistball in the Olympics in the future. The US is relatively new to the international scene but with each new international team formed, the competitive level of US Fistball as a whole is raised.
The USFA successfully hosted the first ever Pan-American Fistball games at the Swim and Sport Club in Flanders this past summer. The USFA sent it’s first men’s team to the Master’s World Championships in Chile in November 2015 and now Birmingham, Alabama has been chosen to host the 2021 World Games during which the first Fistball World Champion will be crowned on US soil. USFA President, Bob Feid expects the sport of Fistball to grow tremendously in the coming years. It’s an exciting time for Fistball in the USA and a great time join in the excitement. The IFA has created a temporary site with details regarding the U18 2016 World Championship as well as a U18 2016 World Championship Facebook Page. Come join the excitement!
Today the USA Men’s Fistball team will take the field in the opening match of the Men’s Fistball World Championships against the host country of Argentina. This will be a rematch of the opening match of the 2011 World Championships where team USA fell to Argentina in a hard fought battle in Vienna. At the 2011 World Championships, Argentina established themselves as a top 4 team in fistball when they narrowly lost a 5 set semi-final to Austria and then ran out of gas against Brazil in the third place match. Team USA finished 9th at the 2011 games which was the highest the US team has ever finished, but the team doesn’t expect a 9th place finish in 2015.
L to R (Front Row) Matt Ayling, Todd Strassberger, Steve Kucera, Mat Henrichs, Eric Kindler (Back Row) Coach Ron Jesswein, Mat Ogin, Pat White, Kris Graham, Keith Schweda, Aaron Weninger, Coach Gastao Englert
The addition of Gastao Englert to the coaching staff after the 2011 games has had a dramatic affect on the level of play for both the US Men’s and Women’s teams. Coach Englert has been the driving force behind the formation of the US Women’s team and the US hosting the first ever Pan-American fistball games earlier this year at the Swim and Sport Club in New Jersey. The men’s team is comprised of veteran fistball players, 9 of which competed in the 2011 World Championships, and 5 of which competed at the 2007 World Championships. Coach Ron Jesswein believes that the combination of their past experience and the additional training techniques brought to the table by Coach Englert will drive team USA to it’s best finish yet.
The games will be streaming live on the internet starting at 1 pm cst/2pm est here.
Argentina is hosting the games for the first time since the 1986 Men’s World Championships which were held in Buenos Aires. The Men’s Fistball World Championships are held once every four years and the host country varies with the International Fistball Association making the final determination upon the host country. The USA and Switzerland have both put forth bids to host the 2019 Men’s World Championships and the host city will be determined and announced soon. The US bid is backed by the power of the World Games committee in Alabama. Alabama has been selected as the 2021 host city for the World Games. The World Games is an Olympic style competition for sports that haven’t yet ascended to the ranks of the Olympics and serve as an important bridge to becoming an Olympic sport.
The official program is available to view online at the below link. Let’s Go Team USA!
This past week the kids of Allenton Elementary school competed in the second ever USFA youth fistball tournament. The Spikers took home the gold medals after narrowly defeating the Cougars in a hard-fought championship match. The teams successfully defended multiple match points until finally the Spikers were able to pull out the victory. The players celebrated with gold, silver, and bronze medals as well as post-game popsicles.
The tournament was the culmination of efforts by Allenton Elementary Principal Angela Wickus, Physical Education teacher Mary Campbell, and USFA youth coordinator Dan Paynter.
Mrs. Wickus originally learned of fistball through the fistball classes offered by late USFA President Jim Blank at the Kettle Moraine YMCA in 2013. She suggested that team USA present fistball to Allenton Elementary at an all-school assembly in January of last year. Coach Gastão Englert’s presentation had the kids laughing and cheering as loud as they could. The event was such a big hit with the students and their energy level was so high that USFA President Jim Blank stated the next logical step was to host a tournament for the kids so they could get hands-on experience playing the game of fistball. Last year’s tournament was such a big success, that Mary Campbell, Allenton Elementary’s physical education teacher, added fistball to her lesson plan for the months of April/May.
Eric Kindler, Aaron Weninger, and Dan Paynter of the US Men’s team came to Allenton on Tuesday nights to practice and guide the young fistballers. The kids honed their fistball skills from week to week and their efforts culminated with last week’s USFA youth tournament.
The USFA plans to continue to partner with local schools in the future to generate more interest and participation in the sport. Players interested in playing more fistball are welcome to attend the USFA open play dates being hosted at the new USFA fields at the Jackson Town Hall complex. Contact USAFistball@gmail.com for details!
Special Thanks to Master Printwear for donating all of the shirts and Ludwig Fistballs for providing high quality fistballs for the kids!
Clóvis Ludwig & Gastão Englert finalize the sponsorship
Germantown, WI (February 2015) – United States Fistball Association (USFA), the national governing body for the sport of fistball in the United States, announced with great excitement today that it has finalized a sponsorship agreement with the Brazilian-based Ludwig Ball Company as the first “Official Sponsor of USA Fistball”. The agreement extends through Dec. 31, 2016 which will include Team USA’s competition in the Men’s World Championships this fall in Córdoba, Argentina as well as the Women’s World Championships next fall in Pomerode, Brazil.
Team USA will proudly don jerseys featuring the Ludwig Ball Company’s logo for all competitions and in return the Ludwig Ball Company will provide monetary considerations as well as supply fistballs for use by Team USA training as well as youth training sessions sponsored by the USFA. The first opportunity for Team USA to show off the new team jersey’s will be the Pan-American Fistball Games to be held in New Jersey in August of 2015. Ludwig brand fistballs will be the official fistballs of the Pan-American Fistball Games. The USFA will also make possible the purchase of Ludwig Fistballs through USFistball.com.
The Ludwig Ball Company is the only manufacturer of fistballs in the America’s and currently sells the 2nd most fistballs in the world.
The Ludwig Ball Company’s support of USA Fistball extends to all levels. The agreement not only forms a relationship with the USA Men’s and Women’s National Fistball teams, but also provides fistballs to support the USFA’s youth fistball expansion initiative.
“USA Fistball is proud to announce a sponsorship agreement with the Ludwig Ball Company through December 31, 2016”, stated USFA President Bob Feid.
The Ludwig Ball Company offers high performance fistballs engineered to withstand both wet and dry conditions with the purchase of a single ball. The Ludwig Ball Company offers Men’s, Women’s, and Youth fistballs with multiple styles including the ability to customize the balls with your club’s logo. Please visit the Ludwig Ball Shop on USFistball.com to purchase Ludwig brand fistballs.
Ludwig Ball Company’s Men’s & Mini Fistball customized with USFA Logo
USFA President Bob Feid’s Ludwig Fistball customized with SSC Logo
About USA Fistball
Founded in 2007, the United States Fistball Association is a Wisconsin based non-profit organization recognized by the International Fistball Association as the National Governing Body for the sport of Fistball in the United States. Since forming in 2007, the USFA has succeeded in it’s goal of continual improvement and expansion for US National Teams. With the addition of Gastão Englert to the organization, the US was able to send it’s first Women’s National team to International competitions in both Switzerland and Germany last year as well as expanding participation in youth fistball training in the US.
Clóvis Ludwig makes the USFA Sponsorship agreement official
Clóvis Ludwig & Gastão Englert celebrate the sponsorship of Team USA
Grafton Fistball Clinic Sponsored by Grafton Park & Rec and Ludwig Fistballs
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Why not try your hand, er, fist at the latest sport sweeping across the world! The United States Fistball Team has partnered with the Grafton Parks & Recreation Department to offer the opportunity to learn the sport of fistball directly from national team members & coaches.
This class is for boys and girls ages 10-18 as well as adults and educators interested in learning more about fistball. Participants will learn how to use forearms, closed fists, and teamwork to defend, set, spike, and serve a fistball. US Team members will teach the basic skills needed to play fistball and lead participants in competitive yet fun games.