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Early in February, the International Fistball Association (IFA) officially approved the United States to host the First Pan American Fistball Games this coming summer.   The games will feature both men’s and women’s championships featuring teams from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and the United States.  The games will consist of both the Pan American Championship (a competition of national teams), as well as the Pan American Cup (a competition of individual club teams).  The official international competition will take place at the Swim and Sport Club (SSC) in Flanders, New Jersey on August 27th-30th.  Set back off the beaten path with mature trees, a natural spring fed creek, and a beautiful outdoor swimming area, the Swim and Sport Club in Flanders is the ideal place for the Pan Am Fistball Games.  The SSC is located just one hour West of all of the famous sites tourists love on Manhattan Island in New York.  Prior to the Pan-Am Games there will be a “warm-up” international tournament will be hosted by the Phoenix Sports Club in Feasterville, Pennsylvania on August 22nd & 23rd.  This club also offers a rural setting in a beautiful and charming area of Bucks County PA. Admittance is free and the public is welcome to preview the exciting competitions.

For those unfamiliar with the sport of fistball, please refer to this quick video explaining the basic rules of the game.  The dynamic sport of fistball requires great speed, agility precision, and power making it a premier spectator sport that must be seen to be believed.  Much like Olympians, the world class athletes that will compete in these games have dedicated all of their time to practicing, training, and learning the fine nuances of the sport and in most countries it’s done with little to no funding.  They truly play the sport of fistball for the love of the game.  Come see these athletes put their passion on display!  With interactive areas for kids and adults interested in trying their hand at the sport, access to international players for autographs and photos, and plenty of great food and drink available, the Swim and Sport Club in Flanders, New Jersey will be the place to be August 27th-30th of 2015.  

More details regarding tickets, sponsors, and merchandise coming soon!

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The Pan Am Fistball games will exclusively use Ludwig brand fistballs!

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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.

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Ludwig Ball Company’s Men’s & Mini Fistball customized with USFA Logo

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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.

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Clóvis Ludwig makes the USFA Sponsorship agreement official

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Clóvis Ludwig & Gastão Englert celebrate the sponsorship of Team USA


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Gastão Englert spent the last four days on the East Coast of the United States training both the men’s and women’s US National fistball teams.  Gastão arrived in New Jersey on January 2nd for a weekend of intense coaching and training as well as officiating the first of the two United States Fistball Association’s indoor tournaments scheduled for back to back weekends in January. Gastão will then travel to Wisconsin where he will continue training both US Men’s and Women’s national team hopefuls as well as youth training, fistball promotion, and the second USFA Indoor Fistball tournament.

Gastão’s a Brazilian-born professional tennis coach who attended college in Germany where he honed his fistball skills and intellect.  Gastão’s won multiple world championships both as a player and as head coach of both Brazilian National teams.  He coached Brazil’s men’s and women’s national teams to world championships in both the World Games and the Fistball World Championships which are held in a different host country every 4 years.  Over the years, Gastão has developed into an ambassador for the sport of fistball visiting countries all over the world to teach anyone who will listen how to best play the sport.  The US was lucky enough to meet Gastão as his time coaching the Brazilian national team was coming to close.  He has visited the US several times over the last four years and has recently led the first ever US Women’s team to an 8th place finish at the World Championships held in Dresden, Germany.  Gastão pushed for the formation of a US Women’s National Team which will compete internationally for the second time at the 2016 Women’s World Championships in his home country of Brazil.   Gastão hopes his training and guidance will help push the US Men’s National Team to place higher than ever before at the Men’s Fistball World Championships to be held in Argentina in November later this year.

Gastão’s itinerary is as follows:

Pennsylvania

Men/Women’s US National Team Training: Fri Jan 2nd & 3rd East Coast Locations TBD

USFA Indoor Fistball Championship Tournament. Sun Jan 4th, 8 AM – 12 noon Tournament will feature WFA, SSC & Phoenix Sport club members. Fee $20-25. Get out and play a little, or come by to watch. http://warminstersportsplex.com/

Wisconsin

Men’s US National Team Training: Tue Jan 6th & 7th, 8 – 10 PM Prescott Center, West Bend
US National Team Training: Thu Jan 10th, 9 – 11 AM Oriole Lane Elementary, Mequon

WFA Indoor Championship Tournament Jan 11th, 2 PM – 6 PM Badger Middle School West Bend

USFA Board Meeting Jan 11th 7 pm


Fistball Golf Outing Fundraiser WIMay 16th, 2015…Save the Date!

Come support the United States Fistball Association (USFA) and have a great time while you’re at it!  The USFA provides support for the US Men’s and Women’s national teams as well as youth fistball programs.

Golf, Beer, Food, Silent Auction, Door Prizes with a $500 GRAND PRIZE!

Scenic View Golf Course
Registration at 7:30 AM – Shot Gun Start at 8:00 AM
• Scramble Format
• 4 Players per Group

$85 per golfer includes:
• 18 Holes with Golf Cart
• Entry for the $500 Grand Prize door prize
• Free Beer (while the complimentary 1/4 Barrel lasts)
• Buffet Lunch at Scenic View Clubhouse

Non-Golfer’s guest lunch is available for $15.

Please pre-register as it allows the USFA and Scenic View to plan accordingly.

Pre-Registration Contact Information –
Kathy Schweda
Phone: (262) 573-1136
E-mail: kaschweda@gmail.com

Golf Outing Registration Form

 

Sponsorship opportunities at every hole! USFA is a 5013C organization, so your entry fee/donations are tax deductible!

2015 Golf Outing


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US Team at the Faustball WM 2014 Opening Ceremony

Congratulations to the US National Team for achieving the best finish in US Fistball history in their very first foray into international competition.  If you missed out on the live stream, you can still watch games 2 and 3 of USA vs Argentina at the Faustball WM 2014.

The US team arrived in Switzerland two weeks ago to compete in the Obersee Masters tournament where they gained valuable international fistball experience and honed their skills.  An exhibition match against the Swiss U18 team prior to the Obersee Masters tournament resulted in the first US victory in international play.

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Team USA with Swiss U18 Team in Jona, Switzerland

The team then moved on to Stuttgart where they trained with TVS Stammheim and won another exhibition match against another Fistball World Championship newcomer…Colombia.

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Team USA with Colombian National Team in Stuttgart, Germany

At the World Championships in Dresden, Germany, the US team achieved an even higher level of play.  It was tough going on day 1 suffering losses to two top ranked teams in Brazil and Switzerland.  The following two days featured a tough loss to Chile followed by back to back thrilling victories over the Czech Republic and Colombia.  Those wins earned the US team a shot at 7th place against a tough Argentinian team.  Argentina proved to be too powerful as they took 7th place with a hard-fought win over the US team.

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Kay Crosby Literally Crushes the Ball

 

USA vs Brazil 0:3 Brazil (2:11, 5:11, 3:11)

USA vs Switzerland 0:3 Switzerland (6:11, 9:11, 6:11)

USA vs Chile 0:3 (5-11,8-11,8-11)

USA vs Czech Republic 3:0 (11-9,11-6,11-3)

USA vs Colombia 3:1 (11:4, 12:10, 8:11, 11:6)

USA vs Argentina 0:3 (6-11, 9-11,7-11)

 

The 8th place finish by the women’s team trumps the 2011 men’s teams 9th place finish for highest overall finish at a world championship and they did it in their international competition.  Hopefully, this is just the tip of the iceberg for US Women’s Fistball…the team played close matches with top teams such as Switzerland, Chile, and Argentina and coach Gastão Englert believes the future is bright for the US Women’s team!

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US Team Celebrates their Best Ever Finish

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Bonnie Zobel Proudly Displays the US Flag at the Opening Ceremony

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US Team Puts on their Game Faces Prior to the Final Match vs Argentina

The US Team Captured 8th Place in their First Fistball World Championship

The US Team Captured 8th Place in their First Fistball World Championship

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Head Coach Gastão Englert Brings Commitment, Experience, and Motivation to the US Team

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Faustball WM 2014 photographers (Michael Huber, Ingo Stoldt, Felix Stoldt, Stefan Gusenleitner, Manfred Lindorfer, and Pete Buehning)