Gastão Englert’s plane will land on the East Coast of the United States today as he makes his way from South America and across the US to train both the men’s and women’s US National fistball teams. Gastão will first arrive in Pennsylvania on January 9th for a weekend of intense coaching and training as well as officiating the Eastern Fistball Association’s indoor tournament. Gastão will then travel to Wisconsin where he will lead several US Men’s national team practices as well as youth training, fistball promotion, and a Wisconsin Fistball indoor 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 three years and has recently become an official addition to the US team’s coaching staff. Gastão pushed for the formation of a US Women’s National Team which will compete internationally for the first time at the 2014 Women’s World Championships in Dresden, Germany and he 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 of 2015.
Gastão’s itinerary is as follows:
Men/Women’s US National Team Training: Fri Jan 10, 7 – 10 PM Evesham Township, Marlton, NJ at the “Blue Barn township rec center” 1004 Tuckerton Rd, Marlton, NJ 08053 or 984 tuckerton
Men/Women’s US National Team Training: Sat Jan 11, 8 AM – 11 AM at ISC, Mt. Laurel
Eastern Fistball Association Indoor Fistball Tournament. Sun Jan 12, 8 AM – 12 noon Tournament will feature both SSC & Phoenix Sport club members. Fee $20-25. Get out and play a little, or come by to watch. http://warminstersportsplex.com/
Update: West Bend Boys & Girls Club Gym Flooded on Monday night and has been rendered unusable. We have found new locations for the Wisconsin events. Please verify locations below.
Kettle Moraine YMCA Youth Training: Wed Jan 15, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Men’s US National Team Training: Tue Jan 14, 8 – 10 PM Kettle Moraine YMCA East Gym
US National Team Training: Wed Jan 15, 8 – 11 PM Kettle Moraine YMCA East Gym
US National Team Training: Thu Jan 16, 9 – 11 PM Oriole Lane Elementary, Mequon
Allenton Elementary School School Assembly Presentation, Demo, and Youth Training Fri Jan 17, 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm followed by training in the gym until 5:30 pm (228 Weis Street, Allenton)
USFA Bowling Social Fri Jan 17, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, King Pin Bowl, West Bend $10 fee
Update: The Hartford Rec Center had one of their giant glass basketball hoops break partially away from the support on Friday. It’s dangling and about to fall. It won’t be able to be fixed until sometime mid-next week. This means we cannot host the tournament there. As a result, we will use the 8 am – 10 am timeframe at Badger Middle school to play an expedited tournament. Due to the limited time, please be prepared to play at 8 am sharp.
US National Team Training: Sat Jan 18, 9 – 11 AM Oriole Lane Elementary, Mequon
Wisconsin Fistball Association Men’s Indoor Fistball Mini-Tournament: Sun 8 AM – 10 AM West Bend Badger Middle School (727 S. 6th Avenue, West Bend, but park in the lot on corner of Main Street and enter through gym doors in front of building)
Wisconsin Fistball Association Men’s Indoor Fistball Tournament: Sun Jan 19, 4 PM – 8 PM Hartford Rec Center (125 North Rural Street, Hartford)
USFA Board of Directors & Coaching Staff Meeting – 10:30 AM Kindler Homestead